Saturday, August 01, 2009

Cucumber, Dill, and Red Onion Salad

1 cup sugar
1 cup red wine vinegar
1 cup water
2 large red onions, sliced thin

3 cucumbers, cut in half moon shape, seeds removed (preferably Hothouse cucumbers)
1/4 cup of olive oil
2 lemons, juiced
1/2 cup fresh dill, picked from the tough stems (or 2 ½ to 3 tablespoons dried dill)
salt and black pepper to taste

In a plastic or glass bowl, combine sugar, red wine vinegar, and water. Mix to combine. Add onions and cover. If you have time, marinate overnight if you have time. Drain the marinade from the onions and proceed with making the salad.

In a large mixing bowl, combine cucumbers, olive oil, lemon juice, dill, marinated red onions, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Note: use Hothouse cucumbers if you can find them. I think they taste better and work the best for this salad. They have more flesh, fewer seeds, and you don't need to peel them because the rinds are thinner and less waxy.

Dill (or dill weed) is an herb and can be found in the produce section near other herbs like basil, cilantro, rosemary, etc. If you cannot find fresh dill, you can substitute dried dill but the rule of thumb when substituting dried herbs for fresh is to use about 1/3 of the amount needed in fresh herbs so for this recipe use about 2 ¾ tablespoons of dried drill.


Anonymous said...

I dont know ehat the dill was,but salad looks good :)

Daly said...

The dill...the green things that look like cut grass or hair shavings??