This recipe comes from a family friend, Yvonne Ford, who gave it to me at my bridal shower in 1989. Although the shower was a surprise to me, I had asked the planners, my mom and sister, to ask the guests to include at least one of their favorite recipes.
I’ve been making it every summer since!
Two things: use a food processor if you have one, and refrigerate the salad overnight.
Here’s a photo, pre-refrigeration:
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/3 cup oil
1/2 tsp. salt
2 medium cucumbers
1 red onion
Heat the first four ingredients until dissolved. Cool.
Thinly slice cucumbers and onion (a food processor is great for this) and alternate slices in a bowl or dish that can be covered.
Pour mixture over cukes and onion. Sprinkle with chives. Refrigerate overnight. Serves six.
Here’s some background of the history of the cucumber, and the first documented use of the phrase, “cool as a cucumber.”
Do you have a favorite summertime recipe? Feel free to share if you like! Let me know if you try this out, I’d love to hear your opinion.
How about listening to Ella Fitzgerald sing “Summertime” while making it?
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