I love cucumbers. They are beautiful, delicious, multi-faceted, and just a bit…sexy. I mean, just look at them.
Every year as I plan my gardens, I go through a huge dilemma about what gets planted. It’s like a vegetable ‘Sophie’s Choice.’ Some years I grow cucumbers in my garden, but they do take up lots of room, so they don’t always make the cut.
This year due to my infatuation with all things tomato, cucumbers were not invited to propagate on my property. There was some mourning after making this decision, but life’s all about making hard choices.
After a lovely visit to a local farm market though, my life was filled with joy and cucumbers again. They were selling huge baskets full of cucumbers for $9.00. That’s half a bushel, approximately 80 cucumbers, for rock bottom prices. How could I resist?
You ever wonder what half a bushel of cucumbers look like?
What did I do with all these cucumbers? Well, when a farmer hands you a half bushel of cucumbers obviously you make pickles! (And when I say pickles, of course I’m talking about dill, because any other kind is just wrong. Don’t argue with me.)
From 80 cucumbers I made 26 jars of pickles, a year’s supply for my family.
It was cheap, easy, and only required a minimal amount of cursing.
Now I recognize that not everyone are pickle people. I don’t understand it (how can someone not love pickles?), but I know it happens occasionally. So here is a recipe that will use up six cucumbers in a most delicious way.
I call it Tzatziki Salad.
6 cucumbers (I peel half the cucumber, so I don’t have all the skin) chopped into large bite size pieces
1/2 a container of plain greek yogurt
1/4 cup of feta cheese (if you loooove feta, which you should, feel free to add more.)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
salt and pepper
Take your cucumber bites and sprinkle them liberally with salt (I may not be liberal in my politics, but I am in my seasoning.) Put them in the fridge for 20 or 30 minutes. The salt will cause the cucumbers to release part of their water. Drain this and then your cucumbers are ready to go.
Mix the greek yogurt, a pinch of pepper, lemon juice, feta cheese and cucumbers together.
Smile in anticipation.
Taste and then add any additional pepper or salt.
Gobble it up before anyone can take any pictures, because it is that delicious.
Now go my young vegetable apprentices, and ingest some cucumber calories right away.