Minted Cucumber Salad
I made this refreshing cucumber salad over the weekend for my husband’s Father/Son Fantasy Football Draft party. It was the perfect light accompaniment to Pulled BBQ Chicken and Brisket Sandwiches and Mac n’ Cheese. A bunch of friends asked for the recipe, so I thought I’d share it here.
Begin by halving the cucumbers and scraping out the seeds with a teaspoon.
I like to use English cucumbers — which are also called seedless, European, burpless, or hothouse cucumbers — as opposed to regular cucumbers. The advantage is that they’re typically wrapped in plastic instead of waxed to protect the skin and keep moisture in, so you don’t need to peel them. They’re also slightly sweeter with less seeds.
Slice the cucumbers and toss them with salt in a colander. Let them sit in the sink for about 30 minutes to drain the water out. This will prevent the cucumbers from getting soggy and the dressing from turning watery.
Next, transfer the cucumbers to a clean dish towel and blot dry.
In the meantime, prepare the red onions. I don’t care for raw onions , so I soak them in ice cold water for about ten minutes to tame their bite. Works like a charm!
Drain the onions, then combine them in a bowl with the drained cucumbers, mint, vinegar, oil and seasoning. Cover and let stand in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes to allow the flavors to marry.
Serve cold and enjoy!
Minted Cucumber Salad
- 2 English (or hothouse) cucumbers
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup chopped red onions
- 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2-1/2 teaspoons sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
- Cut the cucumbers in half lengthwise. Use a teaspoon to scrape out the seeds, then cut into thin slices. Toss the cucumbers with the salt in a colander. Let drain in the sink for at least 30 minutes, then tap the colander on the base of the sink to release any remaining water. Lay a clean dish towel flat on the counter, and then dump the cucumbers over top. Use the edges of the towel to blot the cucumbers dry.
- Soak the red onions in a small bowl of ice water for ten minutes, then drain in a fine mesh strainer.
- In a medium bowl, combine the cucumbers, onions, white wine vinegar, olive oil, vegetable oil, sugar, pepper and mint. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Cover and let stand in refrigerator for at least 20 minutes. Serve cold.