Cucumbers

Cucumbers

Cucumbers are a nice veggie. They mean no one any harm, no after kick, punch or bite and are low-calorie. Want to fall in love and change your opinion of the ever so humble cucumber?  Well, if that is what you have been thinking (OK if you have truly been thinking like that you might want to seek some professional help…..) but that aside here is a fabulous recipe to change your views on this garden delight. And it’s a doosey of a deal breaker in the world of opinions!

Nothing says Summertime better than these crisp, sweet, zippy, easy delicious pickled cucumbers. I couldn’t believe how delicious they made my sandwiches, salads, and just perfect for that 5 o’clock cheese platter! Too hot to cook? Too tired to cook? Too finicky for fast food? This is the side dish you have been searching for. I literally have been enjoying these every single day since I made them. Good thing I made a big batch of them. Think I found my first garden staple that I can’t live without.

Ahhhhh, don’t you just love it when something so healthy, easy and tasty lands in your lap? Yep, this recipe is a keeper. Here’s all you do:

PICKLED CUCUMBERS

2 cups rice wine vinegar
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup fresh lime juice (2-3 medium limes)
4 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 pound Japanese, Persian, English or pickling cucumbers, thinly sliced (1/8-inch thick or thinner)
1/2 cup thinly vertically sliced red onion
1/4 cup chopped cilantro (I think I could have used more cilantro….just sayin)

Cukes!

Cukes!

Combine first 5 ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

Combine cucumbers, onion, and cilantro in a medium bowl. Add vinegar mixture and stir to combine. Let stand at room temperature for at least 45 minutes before serving, or transfer cucumber mixture to a clean jar and refrigerate up to 5 days.

Seeeeee? Told you there was nothing to it. And I would like to highly recommend this to go with your Spinach pesto on sandwiches. I don’t think you will be disappointed in ANY way. Plus, this let’s you get out into that beautiful sunshine called summer.

Oh, and lest we forget….a special thanks to  Nourish network dot com for sharing this ditty! (http://nourishnetwork.com/2010/07/14/spicy-sweet-pickled-cucumbers/)…..Merci beaucoup!

Bon Appétit!

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