25 May 2008
Cucumber Vinegar Salad
Along with the meatballs we needed to have some kind of vegetable. (I'm always torn as to whether tomato sauce counts as a vegetable. I know it's tomatoes but it just doesn't seem very vegetabally to me-- thoughts?). Well, I thought we needed to have something along with the meatballs and it needed to be something quick (I can't actually really remember why at this point- not to self, don't wait 5 days before writing up posts). I grabbed half a cucumber that had been sitting in the fridge and quickly sliced it up, then mixed together about 1/3 C red wine vinegar and 2 t. of sugar and poured it over top, sprinkled on a little salt and let it sit for about 10 minutes. It is maybe the easiest salad imaginable and the vinegar and sugar give the cucumber a bit of bite and texture without masking the clean cuke flavor. You can make it with red wine, white wine or plain vinegar and if you have time, let it sit for 30 minutes or more for the best flavor.