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I made this salad today and this is another family favorite.Peel and slice 2 cucumbers on a mandolin or by hand if you can slice very thin.Place the cucumber in a strainer or colander and sprinkle lig
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Re: Cucumber salad

posted at 7/11/2011 9:30 PM EDT
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Gale, I have made this salad for years and there is no way it serves 4 people.  I can eat a bowl of it myself!  This is one of our favorite summer salads.  Often I will slice tomatoes up with the cucumber. I will also use the same dressing, a Greek yogurt and thin it with a bit of vinegar and mix in cold cooked green beans. That is another great summer salad.
Posted by nikki p


Nikki ,I could eat the whole bowl myself too! lol I meant as a side salad along with a meal.My Mom an Aunt would buy a basket of cucumbers and we would eat until we couldn't possible eat anymore.Your salad sounds good with the green beans.Sometimes after I start getting tomatoes from the garden I'll salt the cucumbers and let them drain,add tomatoes and Vidalaia onions and Italian dressing I like the Good Seasons Italian I make with olive oil and red wine vinegar.I know you like mushrooms we make those with Italian dressing and let them marinate for a day that's good too.

Re: Cucumber salad

posted at 7/11/2011 10:23 PM EDT
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When I had a garden I grew cucumbers and canned these incredible sweet pickles..........

INEZ SWEET PICKLES  (I have no idea who Inez was)  approx. 7 pints.

Soak 1 gallon of sliced pickles in salt water (enough salt to float an egg) for 7 days.
Keep crock covered to prevent bugs.  If mold forms just scoop it out with hands.

Drain. In large pot with enough water to cover with chunk of alum the size of egg, boil 10 minutes.

Drain. Boil 10 minutes in enough water to cover plus 2 tablespoons ginger.  Drain and wash.

Make syrup*, pour over pickles and boil until clear.

Process 5 - 8 minutes at most.

SYRUP ( about 6 cups)
3 lb sugar
1 pint vinegar
SPICE BAG
1 tablespoon All Spice
1 tablespoon whole cloves
1 large stick cinnamon for each jar
1 tablespoon salt.


I made these for years.  Good beyond measure.  A pickle that tastes like candy.

Re: Cucumber salad

posted at 7/12/2011 2:47 AM EDT
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Gale,  I made the cucumber salad today and used sour cream. I used 4
cucumbers and my hubby pigged out. He wanted to know why I made a
small batch!!! lol lol  We both loved it!! Next time I will make a bigger
batch!!

Re: Cucumber salad

posted at 7/12/2011 6:48 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: Cucumber salad:
When I had a garden I grew cucumbers and canned these incredible sweet pickles.......... INEZ SWEET PICKLES  (I have no idea who Inez was)  approx. 7 pints. Soak 1 gallon of sliced pickles in salt water (enough salt to float an egg) for 7 days. Keep crock covered to prevent bugs.  If mold forms just scoop it out with hands. Drain. In large pot with enough water to cover with chunk of alum the size of egg, boil 10 minutes. Drain. Boil 10 minutes in enough water to cover plus 2 tablespoons ginger.  Drain and wash. Make syrup*, pour over pickles and boil until clear. Process 5 - 8 minutes at most. SYRUP ( about 6 cups) 3 lb sugar 1 pint vinegar SPICE BAG 1 tablespoon All Spice 1 tablespoon whole cloves 1 large stick cinnamon for each jar 1 tablespoon salt. I made these for years.  Good beyond measure.  A pickle that tastes like candy.
Posted by Nancy G


Nancy thank you for your sweet pickle recipe,my husband loves sweet pickles.When ever we have roast beef he has to have these to eat with his cold roast beef sandwiches.I have two crocks that I can use.What kind of vinegar did you use?

Re: Cucumber salad

posted at 7/12/2011 6:58 AM EDT
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Gale,  I made the cucumber salad today and used sour cream. I used 4 cucumbers and my hubby pigged out. He wanted to know why I made a small batch!!! lol lol  We both loved it!! Next time I will make a bigger batch!!
Posted by Carol P


I'm so glad you and your husband liked it.I love cucumbers,we eat them plain some times just sprinkled with salt,my mom liked them sprinkled with lemon pepper seasoning.When my son was little he would ask Grandma if she had any more picklecumbers? lol.I wish we all lived near by we could have festivals of food and share with each other.No dieting allowed! lol

Re: Cucumber salad

posted at 7/12/2011 8:23 AM EDT
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Another easy salad is cut up lettuce, chopped hard boiled eggs and Miracle Whip to taste salt and pepper.

Re: Cucumber salad

posted at 7/12/2011 9:05 AM EDT
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My Grandmother taught me this years ago except we don't use salt (high blood pressure).  I put a heavy pot or something heavy on top of the cukes for them to drain.  Also good with beets...same recipe but replace cucumbers with red beets - a lovely Summer cooling salad

Re: Cucumber salad

posted at 7/12/2011 10:34 AM EDT
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Sounds very refreshing - thanks for sharing!

Re: Cucumber salad

posted at 7/12/2011 11:58 AM EDT
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Gale -- regular, plain, brown, apple cider vinegar - 5%
When I made those I used very small cucumbers, about the size of my thumb.

Re: Cucumber salad

posted at 7/12/2011 12:19 PM EDT
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Gale -- regular, plain, brown, apple cider vinegar - 5% When I made those I used very small cucumbers, about the size of my thumb.
Posted by Nancy G


Hi Nancy thanks,I'm going to have him go to the market for me,the produce is fresher and cheaper there.This could probably  be made with the one's that are a little larger? These are similar to bread and butter pickles?

Re: Cucumber salad

posted at 7/12/2011 1:18 PM EDT
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i make a cucumber salad too. i slice the cuks thin then  sliced onions put in a bowl i use good seasons  italian dressing  put i fridge . my mother always make it this way . i never put sugar in mine

Re: Cucumber salad

posted at 7/12/2011 4:02 PM EDT
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Gale - I've never tried that sweet pickle with any cucumber larger than my thumb.  And they are much different from bread and butter pickles.  These are very, very crisp .... incredibly crisp, and very, very sweet

Re: Cucumber salad

posted at 7/12/2011 4:21 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: Cucumber salad:
Gale - I've never tried that sweet pickle with any cucumber larger than my thumb.  And they are much different from bread and butter pickles.  These are very, very crisp .... incredibly crisp , and very, very sweet
Posted by Nancy G


Thanks Nancy,I'll go to the Market with him and look myself,because he won't know what to look for ,If they don't have them I can ask them to get some for me.I love those little pickles.Have you ever pickled watermelon rind ? I know people do and I've seen recipes,I just wonder how that tastes?

Re: Cucumber salad

posted at 7/12/2011 8:09 PM EDT
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Gale - I've sure heard about pickled watermelon rind but I've never tasted it .... I don't want to taste it!  You know what a stiff old-fogie I am.

Re: Cucumber salad

posted at 7/12/2011 9:58 PM EDT
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Gale...

Followed your recipe for the Cucumber salad today and it got great!  Thanks again!

My Step Daughter tried making pickled Zucinni (spelling??) yesterday.  She is giving me a container and I am looking forward to trying it.  Never had it!!

Re: Cucumber salad

posted at 7/12/2011 10:46 PM EDT
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All the wonderful suggestions for cucumber salads and pickles.... oh my!  It makes me hungry.
On both sides of my family they always had pickles of one type or another on the table with dinner.  We had jelly, jam or preserves of some flavor as well.  I don't think they followed the tradition of "seven sweets and seven sours" with dinner but my dad liked those extras with the main meal of the day and mom did a lot of pickles, jellies ect each summer with produce from the garden.

Re: Cucumber salad

posted at 7/13/2011 6:31 AM EDT
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When I had a garden I grew cucumbers and canned these incredible sweet pickles.......... INEZ SWEET PICKLES  (I have no idea who Inez was)  approx. 7 pints. Soak 1 gallon of sliced pickles in salt water (enough salt to float an egg) for 7 days. Keep crock covered to prevent bugs.  If mold forms just scoop it out with hands. Drain. In large pot with enough water to cover with chunk of alum the size of egg, boil 10 minutes. Drain. Boil 10 minutes in enough water to cover plus 2 tablespoons ginger.  Drain and wash. Make syrup*, pour over pickles and boil until clear. Process 5 - 8 minutes at most. SYRUP ( about 6 cups) 3 lb sugar 1 pint vinegar SPICE BAG 1 tablespoon All Spice 1 tablespoon whole cloves 1 large stick cinnamon for each jar 1 tablespoon salt. I made these for years.  Good beyond measure.  A pickle that tastes like candy.
Posted by Nancy G


Nancy,
You are an amazing fund of knowledge and delicious recipes. Thanks, Angela

Re: Cucumber salad

posted at 7/13/2011 10:30 AM EDT
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Rouladen, isn't that another way to use cucumbers, as pickles?  My aunt used to make it and I think that I remember her having pickles and some other vegetables (maybe carrots?) rolled up inside.


In Response to Re: Cucumber salad:
Cucumber salad is a definite refreshing change to the everyday salads. My German friend usually makes it with meals. She uses sour cream and vinegar. Being Italian, I do add a few extras, but Loretta's salad is great especially when we get to eat her rouladen too!
Posted by Angela F

Re: Cucumber salad

posted at 7/13/2011 1:37 PM EDT
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Frances - I grew up with suppers (supper is the evening meal .... dinner was at noon time) that required many sweets and many sours.  I can't remember a supper that didn't have raw onions cut into 4ths in a serving bowl.    There were two or three jars of jelly on the table and two or three jars of pickles.
But there was never a dessert unless there was "company" - a very special guest.

Re: Cucumber salad

posted at 7/13/2011 3:01 PM EDT
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Has anyone had pickled watermelon rind? What does it taste like?
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