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Old 05-07-2017, 02:50 PM   #1
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Cucumber Salad Dressing?

I'm still trying to figure out this cucumber salad they make at a nice BBQ joint down the street.

I think you salt some cucumber rounds, some small tomatos, and some thin onion rings. let them drain in a colandaer till sort of Leathery texture.

I think the dressing is some white wine vinegar, a bit of oil, probly a pinch sugar, salt and pepper. and a good dash of Dill. it is not creamy.

Any thoughts on this?

Thanks, Eric Austin Tx.

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Old 05-07-2017, 03:11 PM   #2
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Eric, there's no oil in my cucumber salad dressing. I use rice wine vinegar mixed with a good amount of sugar or sweetener to taste, along with white pepper. The less acidic rice wine vinegar is essential.
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Old 05-07-2017, 03:32 PM   #3
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It could also be white wine or champagne vinegar. We always used distilled white vinegar when I was growing up; I like red wine vinegar myself.

Eric, why don't you ask them?
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Old 05-07-2017, 03:53 PM   #4
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Cucumber Salad Dressing?

Sounds sort of like my refrigerator/freezer pickles. I've not used tomatoes. Thinly slice cukes and onions, salt heavily, let sit for a few hours or overnight, drain and rinse well in a colander. I've used a variety of different vinegars to make the dressing. Any of them will work. Sugar, then whatever other seasoning you want. I like celery seed.
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Old 05-07-2017, 04:00 PM   #5
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I don't add tomatoes to mine, just cucumber rounds and onion slices/rings.

I use a big splash of apple cider vinegar, S&P, celery seed and a little sugar or artificial sweetener. The first day it is a little sharp and puckery, as the cucumbers release their juice it mellows out.
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And add some jalapeno bits!!
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And add some jalapeno bits!!
We called the spicy version Fire & Ice salad.

This is a good basic recipe that calls for cayenne.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/13823/fire-and-ice-salad/
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Old 05-08-2017, 02:55 AM   #8
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There are uncountable ways to prepare a cucumber salad depending on one´s time.

I use cucumbers, fresh dill, scallion or spring onion or 1 small red onion, radishes, champagne or rasberry vinegar, a pinch of sugar.

I marinate the cucumbers for an hour though I have also put the cucumbers and the vinegar with a half cup of sparkling water and a pinch of sugar, in a saucepan & simmered on a medium heat until a light boil and then when at room temperature, I have poured on the cucumbers and put in refrigerator to marinate until cold.

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Recipe, Thai style cucumber salad

Eric, I'm afraid I can't help you with that specific recipe. Mine seems to be very similar but no tomato. Very very refreshing. I try to make it at least an hour ahead.

about 10" of cucumber, preferably English.
1/2 a small red onion, sliced very thin
1/3 medium sized sweet red pepper, julienned

2 Tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar (or just plain white vinegar)
1 Tbsp Sugar
1/2 tsp salt

Peel the cucumber if it is not English plus I also slice lengthwise and scoop out the seeds if there are a lot (usually in an older cucumber). This kind I then quarter and cut/slice into 1/4" (5mm) pcs.

For an English cucumber, I don't peel but like to use a mandolin to either slice thin circles or long ribbons which I then cut into thirds.

Both styles I start in a bowl and after pouring the dressing on I then arrange on a plate.

Whisk/shake the dressing until well mixed and pour evenly over the salad.

Some recipes call for to top with a lot of coriander leaves - but I'm not a fan.
This salad balances the heat of a lot of Thai recipes and I love it! Hope you give it a try!
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Dragnlaw,

Like the idea of using a Mandolin .. Creates lovely art of plating too.

Thank you.
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I'm still trying to figure out this cucumber salad they make at a nice BBQ joint down the street.

I think you salt some cucumber rounds, some small tomatos, and some thin onion rings. let them drain in a colandaer till sort of Leathery texture.

I think the dressing is some white wine vinegar, a bit of oil, probly a pinch sugar, salt and pepper. and a good dash of Dill. it is not creamy.

Any thoughts on this?

Thanks, Eric Austin Tx.
I don't think I'd salt the tomatoes to drain their juice (OK for the cukes though). Grated orange rind is a nice adition to the salad and orange or lemon juice to the dressing.

Salad dressings usually recommend half vinegar to oil but it's up to your taste.
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This is the first I have ever heard of using oil in the dressing for cucumber salad.
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I don't use oil in mine either.
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Old 05-09-2017, 03:19 PM   #14
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Cucumber salad isn't typically like other salads with a vinaigrette dressing. There were a lot of German immigrants in Texas; I believe this is the basis of the recipe. German cucumber salad often has sour cream but no oil. No tomatoes, either, although onions may be in it.
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