Sunday, August 17, 2008

Pickled Sliced Cucumber Salad Recipe

I've given you so many sweet recipes recently that it's definitely time to share a lovely savoury recipe instead.

Here's a quick pickled cucumber salad that would keep nicely a week or so in your fridge. It's gutsy, has got lots of flavor and crunch, and tastes lovely. I nibbled on it straight from a bowl, but it would make a nice side salad to some grilled meat as well.

The only downside is that you only get about two 500 ml jars out of this amount. If you give one to your mum or a dear friend, then you're just left with one jar yourself, which is no way enough ... For best result, use small crisp cucumbers and not the long supermarket ones.

Pickled Sliced Cucumber Salad
(Marineeritud kurgisalat)

1 kg small crisp cucumbers
2 large onions
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp sea salt
1 Tbsp vinegar (30%)
freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp Dijon or Estonian mustard
1 to 2 large dried dill "blossoms" (ask from the market)

Slice the cucumber and onions into thin slices - I used my kitchen mandoline. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, then cover with cling film and leave to stand at room temperature (that's 18-20 C) for about 5 hours.
Shake the bowl or mix the salad couple of times, so the seasonings would distribute evenly.
Divide into sterilised jars and close the jars (there should be enough liquid now to cover the cucumber slices).
Keeps for a week or two in the fridge.


Thredahlia said...

Küüslaugukurgid :) - jube mõnusad, kas või keset talve! Mul on selle tarvis alati isegi paar tilliõisikut sügavkülmas.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow, fresh and healthy looking salad. Nice pic also. First time here in your blog. U have rocking blog.

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

This is great! I've been looking at pickled cucumbers these past few days: for some reason, I have the urge to pickle some cucumbers (never done it before) and this is certainly a lovely salad.

Jeanne said...

Funny - I've been thinking of making a pickled cucumber salad recently, despite the distinctly un-summery weather we're having! Might make this for a BBQ in 2 weeks time - thanks!

Elizabeth said...

This looks like a great and refreshing summer salad! If I can't find dried dill blossoms, would chopped fresh dill be a good substitute or something else? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

These were easy to prepare, and have been coming out of the refrigerator every evening for dinner. I used dill seeds and freeze dried dill weed.

gastrogeek said...

this looks just like the cucumber salad my austrian best friend's mother used to make when we were children. I can't wait to make it.

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I love to eat salads, because are more healthy than if you eat something fried. I recommend you Chili Lime Fruit Salad, that's always I eat at lunch, and that as this one is really nutritive.

Genie said...

This is perfect for the few cucumbers coming out of my garden right now. Thanks so much for the recipe! It sounds a bit like what my mom used to make in the summers when I was a kid. It was a mix of vinegar, water, and sugar with sliced cucumbers and onion in it. Left in the fridge for a day... We all loved it.