Then make this easy Sour Cream Cuke Salad!
Cucumber salads are always on the table at my house in the summertime.
I have had great success growing these spiny salad vegetables in my raised bed garden. I have also been known to grow beautiful bush cucumber plants in a container. (scroll down to see the pot grown plant below!) That being said, I am going to share with you one of my new favorite salad recipes using cucumbers. I found the original Sour Cream Cuke Salad recipe while browsing Pinterest one day. I promptly went to the website and copied the blogger's family recipe on a card and made it for a trip to the lake. I transported the cucumber salad in the very RubberMaid container I you will see here on this page. What a great way to use up the half dozen fresh cucumbers I had in my fridge.
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Yes, Cucumbers can grow in a pot!
An Easy Vegetable to Grow - You will have tons of cucumbers to slice up for salads!
I have had great luck growing cucumbers in my small garden. The first year I grew Bush Cucumbers in my raised bed using a trellis designed for climbing vines. I planted about 8 seeds and thinned the plants down to 4 and I had more than enough to use for most of the summer. I do not pickle the cucumbers I grow, I just slice them for salads.
The image above is a photo of my cucumbers growing in a pot using the trellis from the previous year. I planted flowers in front of the cucumber seedlings and I think my container looks fabulous! Use Dynamite fertilizer.
This is the brand I purchase. Do not be fooled by the "bush" in the name; these plants do make a vine, just not as long as you might expect. I "train" mine to grow up a 36-Inch Wire Trellis for Planters and Borders
I found a beautiful image of a "Sour Cream Cuke Salad" on Pinterest and adapted the recipe from the website Simply Scratch. Changing the recipe to make it healthier, I used fat-free sour cream and dried dill weed because that is what I had on hand. The original recipe used fresh dill, but I did not have any. It also said to use 6 small or 2 large cucumbers, but what makes a "large" or a "small" cuke? That is why I changed it to 3 cups of sliced cucumbers.
- Prep time: 2 hours
- Cook time: 30 min
- Ready in: 2 hours 30 min
- Yields: 6-8
- 3 cups thinly sliced cucumbers
- 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
- Kosher salt (or just plain old salt)
- 4 Tablespoons fat-free sour cream
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 Tablespoon dried dill
- black pepper to taste
- A few splashes white Balsamic vinegar
- In a large bowl layer 1/3 of the sliced cukes and red onion. Sprinkle this layer with salt. Repeat two times for 3 layers. Cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours. Using clean hands, squeeze out excess moisture in the cukes/onions and put in a bowl.
- In a small bowl, mix sour cream, dill, sugar and black pepper. Add a little vinegar at a time and taste as you go to get the flavor you like the best. (Original blogger says that if you get too much vinegar, you can balance it out by adding a little more sour cream and a pinch of sugar.)
- Pour dressing over vegetables, stir and cover. Chill another 30 minutes. Stir again and season with more salt and pepper if you want.
Preparing the cucumbers:
After thinly slicing the cucumbers and onion, layer them in a bowl. The Rubbermaid bowls come with a tight fitting lid. Very handy.
Making the sour cream dressing:
I used a small Rubbermaid bowl to make the dressing for my cucumber salad. Kept the dressing in the refrigerator until ready to toss into the sliced cukes and onions.
A tool and a bowl set used for making this salad:
I own the products below. You see them in my photos.
I own this slicer and it makes beautifully thin slices of cucumbers and onions. Use it with caution. I do not slice all of the vegetables to the end. If you do, you need to buy a glove.
I love these containers by Rubbermaid. They are very easy to stack and store.
I also use them to store leftovers in the freezer.
Thanks for visiting this page with my newly found cucumber salad recipe. Please feel free to leave a comment.R
PS: One of the visitors to this lens suggested that I look for a recipe for Raita that is very similar to the salad recipe I have shared with you. I did a search and found a mouthwatering Riata recipe on Epicurious.com. You can find it by clicking Cucumber-Mint Raita Recipe. I intend to make Raita as soon as my cucumbers "come in". Raita is not really a salad, though. It is a sauce used to cool one's palate when eating spicy foods.