Thursday, July 25, 2013

Summer Cucumber Salad

Cucumbers, like celery, are an often misunderstood ingredient discounted by many as merely a textural novelty.  Many cucumbers found on supermarket shelves lack any real flavor, but a freshly picked cucumber at the peak of ripeness is an entirely different story.  The still warm fruits possess a distinct cucumber aroma and sweetness that is a true harbinger of summer’s arrival. 

We pay tribute to the humble cucumber in a dish that finally gives it a starring role.  There are no heirloom tomatoes to steal the spotlight and no olives to distract the palette – just three varieties of cucumber, a handful of different oreganos and mint, sheep's milk feta, basil seeds and a few pickled onion

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