Tamara Mannelly

Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad - www.ohlardy.com

Summer has officially come to a close, especially here in Chicago where the leaves are just beginning to turn and the morning temperatures are a bit cool.  

My garden is slowly dying back, except for a few fall hardy plants like pumpkins, kale and turnips.  Soon it will be time to put the garden to bed for the winter.  

I love having an organic garden, but I still consider myself a beginner at gardening and am constantly changing up what I grow and where each year.  One of my biggest joys about my garden this year was the cucumbers.  They grew so nicely on a trellis I built for them and we were never in short supply of cukes!

I made pickles, sliced them up for salads and snacking.  My daughter would even just eat them whole!  But, one of my favorite recipes I made with cucumbers is this simple one, with vinegar, red onions and a touch of sugar.  We couldn't keep this in the fridge, it would be gone so fast!  

One of my daughter's friends would ask me for this salad EVERY time she came over to play.  It was great!  It was a total lesson in ‘kids can eat real food‘!  

While summer is over, if you can get yourself some good cucumbers this salad will remind you of the nice, warm days of the season!

Cucumber and Red Onion Salad
  1. 2 medium cucumbers, peeled and sliced. (seeded if they have large seeds)
  2. 1/2 red onion, sliced thin
  3. Rice vinegar
  4. Organic cane sugar, Sucanat or other quality sugar
  5. Sea salt and pepper to taste
  1. Toss the cucumbers and onions in a bowl.
  2. Add 2 tbsp rice vinegar.
  3. Add 1 tsp of sugar and mix.
  4. Taste and add a bit more sugar if needed.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste.
  1. This salad tastes delicious when it is allowed to marinate for a couple hours! Make a big batch and you can eat it all week!
  2. You can add as much vinegar and sugar as you like. If you like it sweeter, add more sweet! More sour, add more vinegar!
  3. I like to sometimes add a splash of olive oil as well!
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