Cucumber Salad (2 ways)

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I am not embarrassed to admit we eat this probably 3 to 4 days a week.
I think it’s in my genetic disposition to like it.  I remember my Grandmother making it as a side dish with pretty much anything, along with a plate of sliced tomatoes.  My Grandfather was German, and it seems to be popular in German households, so I’m not sure if that’s why she made it?  Wish I had the history of it now, but my Mom remembers eating it all the time in her childhood as well.
I’ll share the “fancy” way first, but the “everyday” recipe at the end is how we make it most of the time.. almost all of the time 🙂  Just like Grandma did, just like my Mom did.
There are many types of vinegar you can use, but my standby is the apple cider vinegar.  Raspberry vinegar is good here as well, but in all honesty I just prefer the apple cider here.  My husband, who did not grow up eating this, found it a little acidic at first, but now he loves it, requests it, and even takes it to work in his lunches!

CUCUMBER SALAD (FANCY)
1 English cucumber, sliced about 1/4″ thick (you can use a zester to score a few lines in the skin if you like)
1-2 tsp kosher salt (use more the more pliable you want the cucs)
1/4 cup diced red onion
3 T chopped fresh parsley
2-4 T apple cider vinegar (or vinegar of choice-use more the more acidic you want it)

Sprinkle cucumber slices with salt in a large shallow bowl and toss gently.
Let sit for 10 to 30 minutes (the longer it sits, the more moisture will be pulled out of the cucumbers and the more pliable they’ll become.  This is totally personal preference).
Rinse the cucumber slices under cold running water REALLY well (or they’ll be too salty).
Toss with red onion, parsley, and vinegar.

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CUCUMBER SALAD (EVERYDAY)
2 regular cucumbers, peeled and sliced 1/4″ thick
1-2 tsp kosher salt (use more the more pliable you want the cucs)
2-4 T apple cider vinegar (or vinegar of choice- use more the more acidic you want it)

Sprinkle cucumber slices with salt in a large shallow bowl and toss gently.
Let sit for 10-30 minutes (the longer it sits, the more moisture will be pulled out of the cucumbers and the more pliable they’ll become.  This is totally personal preference).
Rinse the cucumber slices under cold running water REALLY well (or they’ll be too salty).
Toss with vinegar.

Cucumber Salad (2 ways)

Ingredients

    For fancy:
  • 1 English cucumber, sliced about 1/4" thick (you can use a zester to score a few lines in the skin if you like)
  • 1-2 tsp kosher salt (use more the more pliable you want the cucs)
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 3 T chopped fresh parsley
  • 2-4 T apple cider vinegar (or vinegar of choice-use more the more acidic you want it)
  • For Everyday:
  • 2 regular cucumbers, peeled and sliced 1/4" thick
  • 1-2 tsp kosher salt (use more the more pliable you want the cucs)
  • 2-4 T apple cider vinegar (or vinegar of choice- use more the more acidic you want it)

Instructions

For Fancy:
  • Sprinkle cucumber slices with salt in a large shallow bowl and toss gently.
  • Let sit for 10 to 30 minutes (the longer it sits, the more moisture will be pulled out of the cucumbers and the more pliable they'll become. This is totally personal preference).
  • Rinse the cucumber slices under cold running water REALLY well (or they'll be too salty).
  • Toss with red onion, parsley, and vinegar.
  • For Everyday:
  • Sprinkle cucumber slices with salt in a large shallow bowl and toss gently.
  • Let sit for 10-30 minutes (the longer it sits, the more moisture will be pulled out of the cucumbers and the more pliable they'll become. This is totally personal preference).
  • Rinse the cucumber slices under cold running water REALLY well (or they'll be too salty).
  • Toss with vinegar.
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