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Hungarian Style Cucumber Salad for Two

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When I picked up produce at the co-op on Friday one of the items I placed in my basket was a large cucumber. Cucumbers and I have been on respectful terms, you know what I mean, the cucumber respects that I probably won't buy one and I respect that the cucumber is a cucumber. And that is pretty much where my stance regarding cucumbers stayed.......


But one must try new things so more and more I am turning to the simple foods in the markets and finding delicious ways to serve them. Learning that even adults in their; ahem, advanced years can learn to like new foods. That information is being offered only as encouragement to parents of young children, don't give up, keep trying and your youngsters will also come to enjoy new foods.

But back to this salad. I made some changes to the ingredients. For instance, instead of sour cream, which we love, I substituted Labneh and the end results were delicious. We also used a standard cucumber rather than an English cucumber. Then of course I added some embellishments that are always welcome on any salad.

We loved this salad and it is fair to say, I can't wait to make it again. I hope you like it as well.

Hungarian Style Cucumber Salad for Two
Hungarian Style Cucumber Salad for Two

Hungarian Style Cucumber Salad for Two
inspired by this recipe from Kalyn's Kitchen

1 large garden cucumber
3/4 t salt

2 T olive oil
2 T Labneh
1 T dry white wine vinegar
1 t sugar
1/4 t paprika

lettuce leaf
tomato wedges
black olives
red onion or pickled red onion

Peel and thinly slice the cucumber. Sprinkle with the salt, massage with your hands to work the salt onto each surface of the cucumber slices. Set aside for 30-45 minutes.

When you see the cucumber water sitting in the bottom of the bowl, drain off the water. Then carefully pick up a handful of sliced cucumbers and squeeze out the excess moisture. You should get an additional 1 -2 T water from each handful.

Combine the oil, Labneh*, vinegar, sugar and paprika. Mix until creamy. Stir cucumber slices into the dressing.

To serve, place a lettuce leaf on each plate, divide the cucumber salad, then top with tomato wedges, black olives and red onion if desired. Sprinkle with additional paprika.


Enjoy!

* Labneh is nothing more than strained yogurt. It is thick and creamy like cream cheese.

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5 comments

  1. I love cucumbers, and this looks really good! I'll have to click on your link for Labneh because I don't have a clue what it is.

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  2. Oh I see, Greek Yogurt. Missed that the first time I read your post. :(

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  3. I love cukes and just bought some at the farmers market. I bet this is really refreshing.

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  4. I eat mine by the bowlful peeled and sliced with a little salt.;<))

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  5. You have reminded me that I need to eat more cucumber. Have a great week. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

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