Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Midweek Food Musings: Cucumber, Fresh Radish and Cilantro Salad

Cool, crisp--and calm. I think I've always loved cucumbers. There's a cleanliness about their flavor--when they're just right--that marries well with so many dishes (and yes, some alcohols, too!).

Last week's farmer's market bounty included a nice bunch of cucumbers, radishes and cilantro.
I couldn't resist combining them with a light vinaigrette. This salad is an excellent complement to any dish--but especially a grain or pasta, a nice grilled fish...or pesto chicken dinner. Here I am also suggesting a white balsamic vinaigrette (actually you will have more than enough vinaigrette with this recipe!) to serve with it, though oil and your favorite vinegar are fine as well.

Serves 8 to 10

6 to 8  medium-size cucumbers, peeled and sliced into rounds
6 medium radishes, sliced
1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
Juice from 1 lime 
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons honey (or to taste--and totally optional!) 
Coarse salt and freshly pepper to taste
1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves 

Combine the cucumber and radishes in a bowl.  Whisk together the vinegar and lime, and then the oil. Taste and stir in honey as desired. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour desired amount on top of the cucumbers (you don't want them to swim!). Let sit for at least 15 minutes. Add cilantro just before serving. 

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