May 20, 2015

Want a Good Cucumber & Onion Salad?

Memorial Weekend May 2014 Post, click link...

I love fresh salads and I could almost live on different salads in the summer. With the warmer months approaching and farmers' markets reopening I am going to try to frequent our local farmers more often. 

Our county extension office used to host the local Farmer's Market...until they started a building project, so the Farmer's Market was moved to the town square.

Yes, we have an old time town square with the old courthouse smack dab in the middle. That is another post for another time. Imagine the stories that could be told if walls could talk! (Hubby worked in that court house for over 20 years...and then another more modern Judicial Center was built, and he got a few years in there too.)

Anyway..back to the topic of salad. 

I am wanting to try to lose a few pounds, well ok, several pounds and want/need to eat more fresh veggies. Today the idea hit me to make a cucumber and onion salad. Hubby does not like the salad will be all mine! My helpful hubby did pick up the cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and Vidalia onion for me this morning.

This recipe is so easy that you will wonder why there is a recipe! I consulted online recipes and it seems that there are several slightly different versions. But...I like mine! This salad reminds me of an old restaurant...Brown's Restaurant, in Casey County Kentucky, ...long gone now...that was owned by a couple of older sisters. One sister, Virgie, did the country cooking while the other sister, Linnie, ran the out front operation. There were a couple of waitresses...and I believe they were all related. Anyway...seems I remember Virgie's cucumber and onion salad and mine tastes pretty close to hers. My grandparents ate there a lot, and I did too when I visited with them. I remember that my grandmother would always order a vegetable plate. 

Are you hungry yet? 

Here is the recipe I put together this morning. I just had a taste...which means it has marinated about three hours. Yum! The secret to this salad is to let it sit so that the vinegar/sugar mix can do its work. 

Fresh Cucumber & Onion Salad
This recipe makes one average size bowl. If you need more, just double the recipe.

Six or seven small cucumbers, peeled and sliced very thin.
One Vidalia onion, sliced very thin. (You want a mild onion!)
One container of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half, (or a couple of tomatoes sliced into wedges.)
One cup of apple cider vinegar.
One cup of sugar
One cup of water

1. Mix vinegar, sugar, and water in a container. Let sugar/vinegar/water dissolve while slicing the cucumbers, onion, and tomatoes.
2. Place veggies in a Tupperware type bowl with a snap-on lid.
3. Pour the vinegar/sugar/water mix over veggies. Stir. 
4. Put lid on salad bowl and let veggies marinate for at least one hour in the refrigerator. I like to let this salad marinate in the refrigerator all day or overnight before eating.
5. Keep refrigerated until you are ready to serve it. 

Bon App├ętit! 

This is a good potluck or picnic dish because nothing can really spoil. Just in time for Memorial weekend. 

 I love to have a huge bowl of salad in the fridge that I can help myself to whenever I need a quick lunch or a snack. I do not know the calorie count, but it surely is not too bad. :-)

If you make this salad let me know what you think. I do not know if this is a southern dish or not, as I have eaten it for years and years. Someone who is not southern...please let us know if you are familiar with this concoction. 

I have brought some of my flags outside to help us remember family and friends who have passed on. I have several ancestors who also served in the military, so this is a special recognition for them too.

To count, I have identified family members who have been in the Revolutionary War, The Civil War, World War I, World War II, Vietnam War, and the National Guard (who saw duty outside of our shores.) Fortunately for our family...everyone came home. I know that in some families that is not the case. For you, my prayers and deep appreciation for your family member's service.

Thanks for Visiting, and have a safe Memorial weekend.

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Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.

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