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Recipes: cucumber salad

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One of the best things about having one’s own garden is that you get to select what goes in it – and selection is based on the things you and your family love to eat.

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One item that has always been in my family’s garden has been the cucumber. Picking a cucumber, bringing it into the house, washing and peeling it, adding it to a salad, putting it into a bowl of vinegar prepared just right, or eating it raw by itself or after dipping it into your favorite salad dressing is a pure summer delight.

Zandy M. of Brooklyn, NY shares his grandmother Margarita’s recipe for cucumber salad, and says he remembers watching her assiduously peel and slice each cucumber for this cool and creamy salad. He calls this her signature summertime dish. Give it a try.


  • 4 cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped, plus a few sprigs for garnish
  • white vinegar, to taste
  • course salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. Peel and thinly slice cucumbers.*
  2. Place cucumbers in a bowl.
  3. Combine with mayonnaise, dill, white vinegar, and salt and pepper.
  4. Chill until ready to serve.
  5. Garnish with sprigs of dill.

Serves 4

*To achieve translucent slices, use a vegetable peeler.



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