Margaret over at A Way to Garden is encouraging a bloggers’ recipe exchange to take advantage of the summer harvest.
This week is cucumbers. Good thing too, because I have cucumbers!
How about this Armenian Yardlong Cucumber? Yes, it is supposed to be this light yellow, almost white color. And this one is well on its way to being a yard long.
Unfortunately, my first Armenian Yardlong Cucumber was bitter. But I have taken steps to remedy that. If you are plagued with bitter cucumbers, check out my Examiner post on how to avoid them.
Here’s a great way to enjoy the flavor of your garden fresh cucumbers–Asian Cucumber Salad. My favorite!
3 medium cucumbers, peeled, de-seeded, sliced lengthwise and in thin slices
1 tablespoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
1 1/2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted in a skillet until golden brown
Toss the cucumbers with the kosher salt and place in a colander in the sink. Place an ice-filled bag on the cucumbers to drain for 45 minutes to an hour. Whisk all the remaining ingredients, except the sesame seeds, until blended and the sugar is dissolved. Rinse the cucumbers and dry with paper towels. Toss the cucumbers and dressing. Top with sesame seeds and serve immediately.