Cool as a cucumber

Over the years I have heard that putting cucumber slices on ones eyes will reduce puffiness. I have never actually tried this and think that there are better uses for them. I have always loved cucumber salad. It is one of the few salads that is as good or better the next day and so easy to make. For me, this salad has to have dill. Whenever I think to make it I seem to be out of cucumbers or out of dill. I am not sure what the differences are between the many shapes and sizes of cucumbers but I seem to have different preferences at various times. At the start of summer, packages of 6 mini cakes were available and I loved the taste and snap of them. They were the perfect size for putting into salads, especially chopped salad with cherry tomatoes, chick peas and diced avocado. In the winter, the long English cucumbers appeal for their uniform, slender size. But now that is summer the farm stand is full of fresh Kirby cucumbers, usually used for pickling. One of them is also just the right size to cut up for a tossed salad.

I sliced about 5 large ones in a food processor. You can do this by hand but I love the really thin slices I get in the machine. You can use any amount of cucumbers you need. If using more than 5 I would increase the remaining ingredients.

Put the slices into a large bowl and add one sliced small onion. (I prefer Vidalia onions, though red onions would be very pretty.)

Toss with a heaping teaspoon of salt and the same amount of sugar. Let stand for 5 minutes.

Pour in 2 tablespoons of white vinegar. (I used white balsamic but any white vinegar will do)

Mix in as much chopped dill as you like. I used about 1/2 cup

Goldie doesn't get any of this, onions are not for dogs.

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