I am a cucumber kind of kid. When we were little, my mom would make us this thing we called cucumber salad every night for dinner. And I’m talking every night. Without fail. If for some reason she forgot to make it, or didn’t have the ingredients, my sister and I would pout and beg her to run to the store quickly so she would whip it up.
It was a perfect side dish with just about everything because it was cool (and its like 1 billion degrees in Arizona) and there were avocados and really, what more could one ask for?
It’s safe to say that I’m a cucumber kid through and through. It runs in my veins. And so we’ve taken the tradition on with us and my sister and I still whip up cucumber salads to this day. And when we go home, you can bet that my mom still makes us our favorite cucumber salad. Only now, it has extra avocado due to my obsession.
Today I whipped up a super refreshing and flavorful salad for you guys! Why? Well, clearly it’s because I love you. And also because it’s the start of Summer Fest!! Basically once a week, a bunch of food bloggin’ friends and I whip up a recipe with a certain ingredient that we’re featuring. The fab folks over at Food Network dreamt up this spectacular idea, and I’m hooked. What better what to get tons of fun and delicious recipes featuring some of summer’s freshest ingredients!
So today’s all about cucumbers, in case you couldn’t tell
I threw together this cucumber salad for a dinner party a few weeks ago and fell in love. It’s a combination of persian cucumbers, mint, chives, avocado, toasted pita and a basil vinaigrette. Boom. Yes please.
Here’s a round up of other fab cucumber recipes from this week’s Summer Fest
The Sensitive Epicure: Chinese Style Cucumbers
Ingredients, Inc.: Easiest Cucumber Salad
Virtually Homemade: Cucumber Strawberry Cooler
From My Corner of Saratoga: Marinated Cucumber Salad
The Cultural Dish: Pasta With Roasted Shrimp and Cucumbers
Daily*Dishin: Southern Benedictine – Creamy Cucumber Spread
Delicious Lean: Cucumber Jicama Salad
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Cucumber and Avocado Open-Face Sandwiches
And Love It, Too: Fermented Spicy Garlic-Dill Cukes and Zukes
FN Dish: No-Cook Cucumber Recipes
Cooking With Elise: Wedge Salad With Cucumber-Ranch Dressing