Cucumbers taste better uncooked and make a convenient vegetable side dish or snack. I like to make a simple cucumber salad with diced cucumber and a pinch of salt. Sometimes when I'm too lazy to cut the cucumber, I just eat cucumber whole with salt on the side.
Simple Cucumber Salad
- 1 cucumber
- ⅛ teaspoon of coarse salt
- Cut the cucumber, and put it into a bowl.
- Add salt. Serve immediately.
- Cucumber: Required for cucumber salad. There are two types of cucumber: regular and English. Regular cucumbers are cheaper but more bitter. Here is a more detailed discussion on the differences.
- To reduce bitterness for regular cucumbers, I suggest peeling the cucumber and scooping out the tough seeds. You do not have to peel or de-seed English cucumbers.
- Salt: Adds salty flavor and reduces bitterness. Use about 1/8 teaspoon, which is a two-finger pinch, per cucumber. I used coarse salt because crunchy salt is fun. Substituting table salt would be okay.
You can cut cucumbers in several ways.
Cut the cucumber in half, and scoop out the seeds. Cut into thin strips. Matchsticks would be good for wraps, but too much work for salads.
I hope this guide cleared up some information about cucumbers. Of course, you can make fancier cucumber salads by adding a vinegar-based dressing, sugar, sliced onions, dill/parsley, but I like to keep things simple.