Monday, June 30, 2014

Best5Zach's Vinaigrette Cucumber Salad

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People who eat this dish of mine constantly ask how to make it. So, I figured I would write it up so you can see how to prepare and enjoy this vinaigrette salad. It's incredibly easy and extremely flavorful and savory! It's the perfect use of your produce you have worked so hard to grow!

  1. Whenever possible, use the freshest of ingredients, like cucumbers and peppers from your own garden and freshly cut herbs and spices from your own herb gardens! 
  2. Slice the cucumbers into your desired portion size. I like mine either thinly sliced or cubed chunks
  3. Put into strainer and liberally sprinkle kosher salt
  4. Shake every 3-5 minutes. This will pull water out of the cucumbers
  5. Mix a half cup of balsamic and apple cider vinegar
  6. Add in 3 table spoons of extra virgin olive oil
  7. Add freshly crushed black pepper (to your own desire)
  8. Add freshly minced dill weed (dried dill requires 10X as much as fresh to achieve the same taste)
  9. Add freshly minced sweet basil (see above) 
  10. Add diced white or red (or both!) onions
  11. Add diced bell peppers
  12. Mix in cucumbers
  13. Let sit for 30 minutes to allow the cucumbers to replace the water with vinegar
  14. As an added pleasure, serve with mozzarella cheese, if you have it! 
  15. Enjoy!