Cucumbers are one of those funny vegetables that get stuck in one of two categories – eat them fresh in salads or put them up by making pickles.
Try these easy refrigerator bread and butter pickles for a start!
As I have found this summer, there are only so many Cucumber Salads and Fermented Pickles my family can take. It was a natural transition to experiment with a green picante sauce recipe. Thus, this cucumber salsa.
We eat really simple food; we always welcome a flavorful sauce. Whether it is stir-fry and rice, a pot of beans and potatoes, a simple frittata, or huge soups or salads from garden abundance, simple food is nourishment. Pulling all of these homegrown ingredients together is almost always a ferment and some sort of fresh, zingy sauce.
So why not make the most of those cucumbers and the abundance from our garlic harvest and blend them up into a green cucumber salsa? It’s just one more way to put homegrown food on the table and let the ingredients speak for themselves.
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This refreshing condiment is excellent on salads, beans, meats, or veggie bowls. Serve it as a dipping sauce for quesadillas, potato wedges, or raw vegetables. Top a bowl of refried beans with this cucumber salsa. Or, enjoy as a gazpacho alongside crusty bread on a hot day.
Making this light and refreshing cucumber salsa is as easy as combining the garden fresh ingredients with a blender (or stick blender). The recipe calls for cayenne powder, but if you have fresh hot peppers in the garden, you can substitute one of those.
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- 2 cups peeled and roughly chopped cucumber
- 4 garlic cloves, peeled
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro or 1 Tablespoon fresh oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne
- 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
- Place all ingredients in a blender (or a quart jar, if using a stick blender) and blend until the picante sauce is a consistency that you're happy with. Chunky or smooth, it's your call.
- Pour over salads, beans, meats, or veggie bowls. Serve as a dipping sauce for quesadillas, potato wedges, or raw vegetables. Or, enjoy as a gazpacho along side crusty bread on a hot day.
If you like your food spicy, feel free to add a jalapeno pepper!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 110Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 0gSodium: 351mgCarbohydrates: 2g