Monday, February 20, 2006

Last-minute Cucumber Salad Ideas

Ever since the infamous Food and Wine article I've been thinking about how I need to keep on top of my blog and continue to challenge myself by trying new recipes and making more of my own dishes. Unfortunately my husband is now on night crew and will be going on a two week deployment which means I'm cooking for one. That means saving money but also not being able to make actual "meals." It's hard cooking fancy meals for one.

Since I haven't made any meals in a while I'm going to post two uses for cucumber in salads. These are perfect for leftovers or quick side dishes. They are a little obvious but sometimes it helps to get ideas when you're busy or stressed and are blanking out on what to make for a side dish.

#1: Cucumber Salad

English cucumber, thinly sliced
pepper, to taste
lemon juice (or white vinegar), to taste
handful of flat-leaf parsley, chopped
handful of salted cashews, chopped

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. I suggest using about 3 T. of lemon juice for 1/2 of an English cucumber. This is up to your taste since some people don't like too much lemon juice in their salads.

#2: Simple Quinoa Taboulleh

English cucumber, chopped
letover white quinoa (about 1-2 cups)
handful of flat-leaf parsley, chopped (or to taste)
juice of 1/2 a lemon
salt and pepper, to taste

Mix all ingredients in a bowl.


Rorie said...

Yum - I love cucumbers! I eat them every day eiher in salad of some sort or sliced on a (usually cheese!) sandwich. I think this is a really useful post and that quinoa taboulleh looks & sounds amazing.

Gourmetish said...

Thanks, Rorie. I thought it might have been a silly post but I'm glad you enjoyed my last minute cucumber ideas. Don't you just love them? My husband didn't when we met but I've gotten him to at least like them when mixed with other things.

Gourmetish said...

Another note, you can add olive oil to the cucumber salad if you like. I like to add about a 1/2 tsp. per serving.

MM said...

Hey, I cook meals for one all the time and sometimes they are fancy ... don't limit yourself! Did you know I have never eaten quinoa before? However, I love cucumber sandwiches.