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Posted By: redladyart Cucumber & Onion Ring Salad - 08/25/06 05:01 AM
5 c. thinly sliced cucumbers
2 large onions, sliced and separated into rings
white vinegar
1/4 c. sugar (optional)
salt and lots of black pepper

In a large bowl, add cucumber slices and onion rings. Add enough white vinegar to measure about halfway up the bowl. Add enough water to bring liquid up to just cover the veggies.

Sprinkle all with sugar, salt and pepper; stir just to combine.

Refrigerate for a few hours before serving. A sweet 'n mostly sour delight in the south. <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

NOTE: It is best to have a BIG glass of iced sweet tea to drink with this salad!!!!

Sharon
Posted By: ArtGlam Re: Cucumber & Onion Ring Salad - 08/25/06 07:29 AM
ok here's an old NC family recipe that I have dated to prior to the Civil War.

Granny's Cucumber and Onions

1 med white onion halved and thinly sliced

handful of green onions/scallions minced (thick green part removed...use the tender green part and the white)

3 or 4 small pickling cucumbers peeled and sliced or chopped

2 cups buttermilk

1 c sour cream (although not part of the original recipe, it enriches the buttermilk for a much lusher mouth-feel - omit it if you don't enjoy sour cream)

kosher salt ( I like the larger flake of this style of salt - and you can use less !) and black pepper to taste

mix well and refrigerate at least 3 hours to allow flavors to blend.

**For generations in my family, at almost any meal this can be found on the table - yes, even at breakfasts!

My mother and aunts all have their individual additions to this recipe - depending on what it is served with.

With Pinto beans and Cornbread - a MUST, same as recipe above.

Plain cornbread - ( Noooo, not the sweet Yankee-style cornbread, the plain Southern kind!) - always a given that this recipe will be served with it.

With Spaghetti or other pasta dishes - add minced rosemary or basil and a little garlic - use like a relish

With meat dishes - add hot pepper flakes

With summer vegetables - add a seeded and chopped tomato and a little finely chopped sweet green pepper (capsicum if you arent from the US)

You get the idea.....
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Posted By: Lynn_B Re: Cucumber & Onion Ring Salad - 08/25/06 01:15 PM
I make this with Vidalia or one of the other "sweet" onions to cut out the sugar and use a nice apple cider vinegar instead of the white.
Posted By: redladyart Re: Cucumber & Onion Ring Salad - 08/25/06 04:35 PM
Both of your versions sound very good. I've never tried it with buttermilk. The vidalia onions sound especially tempting. <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

Sharon
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