Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Recipe: Balsamic Cucumber Salad

This is a really easy recipe that you can throw together in a pinch, and has some simple ways you could dress it up if you wanted to make it fancier.  I like this idea because everything is kept pretty much whole, there is no cooking involved, and it lets the flavors of the ingredients shine.  I paired this with the Tikka Masala Game Hen and it  provided a nice flavor and texture contrast.  What's great is that it holds up well even if you have to make it ahead because essentially the cucumbers just keep marinating.  This will give you 3-4 servings.

You will need:
1 cucumber cut into thin rounds
A quarter of a red or yellow onion thinly sliced (depending on if you want a sharper or sweeter taste)
6 Tablespoons Light Balsamic Vinaigrette
Heavy dash of salt
Optional ingredients: crumbled or cubed feta, diced tomato, pitted olives, and torn basil

Combine the cucumbers and onions (plus any of the optional ingredients) into a large bowl and add the salt.  Gently mix and then add the Vinaigrette.  Stir to combine.  Allow to sit at least ten minutes before serving though in a pinch can be served immediately.


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