Friday, July 6, 2012

FFWD~Crunchy Ginger-Pickled Cucumbers

Crunchy Ginger-Pickled Cucumbers

What can you say about cucumbers? Not much! But, that’s what’s going on at French Fridays this week! When I saw this weeks recipe, I was a bit hesitant! However, I love cucumbers! My grandmother used to make a salad with sliced cucumbers, that had a similar dressing! This recipe is definitely one of the easiest we’ve made!  Peel a seedless cucumber, quarter it lengthwise, then slice it into 1 inch chunks. Sprinkle with a ½ teaspoon of salt, let rest 10 minutes…drain.  Then make a dressing of white vinegar, sugar, fresh ginger and a pinch of red pepper flakes.  Mix this dressing into the cucumbers. Chill at least 2 hours or overnight! To serve, add some minced herbs…I chose parsley! 
My conclusion…I loved them! They were crunchy and fresh tasting!  I could not stop eating them. They had just a bit of a bite, due to the red pepper flakes. They were a great addition to my dinner, which happened to be a hamburger!  My husband though, not so much!  Oh well, more for me! 
My garden cucumbers are starting to come in, and I’m always looking for a variety of ways to use them. This salad is a keeper! Happy Friday Everyone!!


Minced ginger added
A perfect summer salad
Just enough for me!


You can find this recipe in Dorie Greenspans cookbook “Around My French Table” or here where it appeared in Parade Magazine.  To see what other Doristas are doing…check it out here!


35 comments:

  1. You and I need to go out to dinner and leave our hubbys home to eat their meat and potatoes :) Lucky you with your garden cukes!

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  2. Good morning Kathy:)

    I must admit, I'm not much fun when it comes to cucumbers. I've never been able to warm up to them even as pickles, lol...However, our cucumbers are just beginning to flower and this recipe is one I'm sure Marion will want to "play" with! (She loves them!, funny thing is, I didn't plant any cucumbers this year. They seem to be blossoming from dirt I took out of the compost pile. Of course, they are sprawling right in the flower garden, lol..)

    Thank you so much for sharing...

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  3. This are definitely a perfect complement to a hamburger. They look extremely fresh! Have a great weekend kathy!

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  4. I agree with Paula! Great with a hamburger but I think they'd be great with most anything! Have a good weekend Kathy:)

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  5. I love this recipe and enjoyed mine layered into a burger on the 4th! My garden cucumbers are just starting, my garden is a little late and our weather has not been super warm this week, I'm not complaining that's for sure! I took them to a potluck and I was surprised how much people liked them-I doubled the recipe and it was all gone;-) This recipe is another keeper from our friend Dorie!

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  6. We had the opposite response at my house. The husband liked them, the wife, not so much. They were pretty though. Hope you have a great weekend!

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  7. I love pickles of any type and these sound wonderful. I am really fond of refrigerator pickles and these sound perfect. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  8. Very pretty presentation Kathy - we loved them too and we did have some cheeseburgers yesterday along with these Ginger-Pickled Cukes, not a bad combo. I appreciated an easy July recipe.

    Have a good weekend!

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  9. Your salad looks beautiful - I'm glad you liked it!

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  10. This looks so crunchy and refreshing. A perfect appetizer!

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  11. Ah, so this is how the cucumbers were supposed to look. Great post!

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  12. I love pickled cucumbers. I haven't made them in a while but I like them in place of cole slaw or even with fish or on a burger. They're so light and delicious.

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  13. Ah - not only were these easy, but they didn't require heating up an already hot kitchen :-)
    Have a great week!

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  14. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed these. I'm not a fan of cucumbers, so I made up a recipe I'd missed - Corn Soup. We loved it, and the corn couldn't be fresher than it is right now.

    We harvested the last of our artichokes and English peas today and planted carrots, beets, green onions and okra. Our tomato plants are coming along, but the weather has been unseasonably cool, so I think we'll have a late harvest this year. I can't wait to see what you pull out of your garden!

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  15. This is so delightful. I've got cucumbers ready for picking in my garden and plan on making this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Your salad looks very pretty. We had the opposite reaction in our house, my husband really liked these and I thought that they were ok for cucumbers. I don't really dislike cucumbers, but somehow they have never really done much for me. Oh well, as easy as this recipe was, I'd be happy to make it for him again.

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  17. Your cucumbers look absolutely gorgeous my friend :D
    Delicious add ins!

    Cheers
    CCU

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  18. You're so funny, Kathy! 'what can you say about cucumber?'...plenty, I say!
    I love cucumbers, by themselves, and in different kinds of salads...and home grown? oh, my! HEAVEN! My three favorite ways are Hungarian style, peeled, and sliced paper thin, marinate in salt, squeeze the excess juice out,add white vinegar and make a paprika, and sour cream based sauce for it. Another way is the Italian way with chunks of tomatoes, fresh basil, e-virgin olive oil, and balsamic vinegar, and third would be the Asian style peeled, seeded, cut in moon shapes, and add rice wine vinegar, ginger, scallion, and spicy Thai paste.

    Now, I got the fourth favorite...love, love, this recipe, when Lora gets back from Italy, I need to borrow her Dorie book to make this and other inspiring recipes you made, Kathy!
    Pinning this refreshing cucumber salad. Love the outdoor pretty photo, and the chic dish, as well!
    Think I wrote enough from my thoughts for now!

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  19. We liked these also, Kathy, and since we shared them with the neighbors on the 4th of July, I think I will make more this week. Yours look pretty. I liked the dash of red. I am envious of your garden. When we moved to Nevada, I had to close down my Colorado garden and just have herbs in Nevada. As an Iowa girl, we always had a grew crops and I have it in my blood. Now, on to biscotti. Kathy, what do I do wrong. Frankly, our biscotti was not good, too dry and hard. My record of bad biscotti is unblemished. I am trying your limoncello biscotti this week. Cross fingers.

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  20. Fantastic photo, it looks so bright and fresh. This was an easy recipe and I loved them. Next weeks looks a bit challenging for me, LOL.

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  21. Your Ginger-Pickled cucumbers look delicious. I enjoyed this dish also. Have a great weekend:).

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  22. Glad you loved them Kathy - me not so much, but then I am not a huge cucumber fan, although I'll eat them. Hope you are having a lovely weekend.

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  23. When I make pickles, I'll put a couple of jalepeno slices in a few jars--then warn my husband to avoid those ;-) Red pepper flakes sounds safer and easier! But we all love ginger. Probably should break down and buy that cookbook!

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  24. Simple and delish! Gorgeous photos.

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  25. Glad you enjoyed this recipe, It certainly was easy enough for this horrible heat that we have had. I only tasted a small
    piece because I am not too fond of cucs, but I think the ginger and red pepper flakes give it a great flavor.

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  26. I have no idea what this could taste like but i'm glad you enjoyed it!!!!

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  27. Your herb looks great on the pickles. It looks like curly parsley. We agree with you--a wonderful change of pace in the pickle department!

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  28. I loved this recipe and how simple it was. I've heard you can do the same thing with carrots, and I may have to try that next!

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  29. I would have been hesitant to try the recipe too, but I'm so glad you liked it! And it always works out well when I'm the only one who loves a recipe and I get it to myself!

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  30. I love cucumbers too, so this dish sure would be right to my alley too!

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  31. Kathy,
    I think this looks and sounds delicious and perfect with almost anything. It's a bit different cut into chunks...and I love it!
    annie

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  32. I LOVE this! I've added it to "my favorites" link - so perfect for the very hot weather:)
    Mary x

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  34. This looks so refreshing. Fresh ginger seems a welcome spicy/sweet addition to typical pickled cucumbers. Yum!

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