Recipe by Mrs C
"My grandpa frequently sends me veggies from his garden, and the cucumbers always go bad! Though I've never cared for them much, this is an easy recipe that even I can enjoy. For more crunch, you may want to slice your veggies thicker."
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red wine vinegar
dried dill weed
cucumbers, scored and thinly sliced
celery, thinly sliced
red onion, chopped
salt to taste
This salad was very refreshing. I made a few changes though. I increased the sugar from 2 tsp to 3 Tbs. because it was very sour. I also substituted 6 oz. plain yogurt for the mayo, and I used about 2 Tbs of dill from a tube made by Gourmet Gardens (it has a much fresher taste than dried dill, but not as strong, so more is needed). I sliced the cucumbers using the side of my cheese grater and quickly sliced the cucumbers and onion very thinly. I omitted the celery. I'd definitely make this again, especially for a summer bbq.
This was a very briny salad, almost like eating pickle juice. The second time I made it, I decreased the vinegar substantially and increased the sugar and mayo -- much better. We deleted the celery. This is similar to my grandmother's old German recipe, and is also good with sliced fresh tomatoes.
This recipe is similar to something we used to make at my uncle's deli, with the addition of sliced fresh tomatoes. When I attempted to make the dressing for this salad, the proportions didn't work to my liking, so I ended up discarding half the dressing and adding more mayonnaise to cut the strong vinegar taste and reduce the soupy consistency (and a tad more sugar!)... If you prefer the original proportions, I might also recommend trying a slightly more mild rice wine vinegar.
I ended up halving the vinegar (because I didn't have enough) and pretty much doubling the mayo (to make it creamier)and used celery seed instead of celery. Came out really good! Never would have thougt that one up on my own. Even my picky husband liked it. Put it right into my recipe book!
As the other reviewer stated, my mom also makes this with sour cream and sugar to taste. (I like it sweet). It is really delicious.
I'm not crazy about cucumbers either, but I did like this. In order to get the mayonnaise thoroughly mixed, I will use a blender next time.
I omitted the celery, and only used three cucumbers. I took it to a SBDiet cookout and it was a HIT. It's good the second day, but the cucumbers begin to wilt. Will definitely serve again.
I'll admit, I hate cucumber salad. I made this for a company picnic and followed some suggestions and used 3 tbs of sugar and 1/3 cup mayo. Let it sit in a fridge for a few hours before our picnic and was worried when I saw how much liquid had formed.
The salad was a hit among all who tried it and I even liked it. I'm a convert. Looking forward to making this again.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
'I Hate Cucumbers!' Cucumber Salad
Serving Size: 1/10 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 10
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 41
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