Cucumbers come into season during the height of summer, and give any meal a cool, refreshing crunch. Besides pickling the fruits or chopping them for a salad topping, cucumbers can be the star of their own dishes-our Summer Cucumber Salad with Honey Vinaigrette Dressing puts the cucumbers front and center under a blanket of tangy vinegar dressing.
Any type of cucumber works for this recipe, from the regular green snake-like fruits to heirloom varieties like “Lemon” and “White Wonder“. I skinned the fruits before I sliced them (using a mandoline to make the job easy), although you could definitely leave the skin on for more color and texture. Our Eastern Shore Honey helps to balance out the acidity of the vinegar in the dressing, while the olive oil binds the mixture together.
If you have never grown your own cucumbers, you’d be surprised by how easy they are to raise. As long as the plants have plenty of water and sunshine, they’ll produce bunches of fruit. Although it’s too late in the season to start the plants outdoors now, you can always plan ahead for next summer!
Adapting our Cucumber Salad with Honey Vinaigrette Dressing
- Add in dill or other herbs
- Lemon zest would give the salad an extra dose of flavor
- You can use a mayo based dressing instead of the vinaigrette if you don’t like the tang of vinegar.
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