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When I was a kid, one of the things we always had in the fridge, right next to the watermelon and ice tea, was a bowl of cucumber salad.

Thinly slice cucumbers and plain white onions into a bowl. Combine water, white vinegar, and sugar. This time, I used 1c water, 1c vinegar, a splash of oil, and 1/4c sugar. I heated them in the microwave for about a minute. It's not supposed to be very sweet--just enough to take the edge off the vinegar. Next time I'll probably start with 1/8c sugar. Pour dressing over cucumbers and onions to cover, and let sit in the fridge for a while before eating.

Dunno if this is a regional dish or not (Southern US, if so). It goes very nicely with corn on the cob, chicken salad in tomatoes, and other summer delights.

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Date: 2011-07-12 06:57 pm (UTC)
realpestilence: m&s by lit_gal (Default)
From: [personal profile] realpestilence
I've had that before, usually with tomato wedges in it, too. It's a good summer salad.

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Date: 2011-07-12 07:24 pm (UTC)
realpestilence: m&s by lit_gal (Default)
From: [personal profile] realpestilence
The version I had was from an Amish cookbook, and the measurements were a little imprecise. They tended to use onions very freely, and wow! That salad could get rather pungent! Tomatoes were a good way to tone it down, without changing the flavor too much.

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Date: 2011-07-12 07:31 pm (UTC)
realpestilence: m&s by lit_gal (Default)
From: [personal profile] realpestilence
I agree on the lettuce, I see no point for it on food outside of actual salads.

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