cucumber salsa

Posted on Jul 13, 2011 in Food

Are you getting sick of cucumber recipes yet? I hope not, because, man, our two cucumber plants are in serious production overdrive. In summers past, I’ve just plowed through my cucumber stash in the standard way—by making pickles. But my Dad is definitely the King of Pickles in our family and I’ve decided to leave it up to him this year to supply us. That leaves my cucumber stash open for some serious exploration.

Missed my cucumber recipes? So far I’ve made:

Today’s recipe is definitely toward the top of the cucumber greatest hits list (right below Cucumber Limeade). Meet Cucumber Salsa.

In this salsa, tomatoes play second-fiddle to the cool and crisp cucumbers. I chose red and yellow tomatoes for a bit of a fun burst of color and I think they are so pretty against the simple background of the pale green cucumber chunks. Tomatoes are a strong and acidic flavor and that makes standard salsa bold and a bit in-your-face. This salsa is mild and light, but still full-of-flavor. It is great paired with lighter fare as to not overpower. We had it on fish tacos! It was flavorful enough to make the taco delicious, but mild enough to let the whitefish flavor shine through.

It’s equally as good piled high onto a tortilla chip!

The key to any good salsa is an even chop. I’m a huge fan of the “roughly chop” school of culinary skills, but in the case of salsa, you want to get every piece of flavor in each bite. That requires an even chop. Take a little bit of time to cut your veggies well and you’ll be rewarded with a pretty salsa with a well-balanced flavor.

Cucumber Salsa

Makes 6-8 servings

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup peeled, seeded and diced cucumber
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup diced, seed tomato (I used red and yellow)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon finely diced jalapeno (more or less depending on taste, this amount is “mild”)
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic (or one clove, if using fresh)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Combine cucumber, onion, tomato, cilantro and jalapeno in a medium-sized bowl, set aside.
  2. In a smaller bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients.
  3. Pour dressing over veggies and toss to coat. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes for flavors to meld.

Do you like your salsa spicy, mild, or somewhere in between?

 

 

11 Comments

  1. This looks way yummy, and before I saw that you had it on fish tacos, I thought “wow, that would be delicious on a fish taco!” haha.

    I love spicy salsa. I also like chunky salsa. Doug likes mild flavors and thin, liquidy salsa. I usually do kind of in between for us. But I need to try this and make some fish tacos!

    • I bet you had the best fish tacos where you grew up didn’t you? Mmmmm! And boo to the liquidy salsa!

  2. Oh wow! I need this salsa pronto!! I like my salsa on the spicy side and since my kids won’t touch salsa with a 10 foot pole, it’s all mine..and i suppose I could share with the husband ;)

    • Definitely add some more jalapeno to this then if you like it hot! Babyface and I are wimps. :P

  3. this looks delicious and refreshing. I love the combo of cucumbers and tomatoes. Hey you should try making some sort of frozen cucumber sorbet. Didn’t you get an ice cream maker recently? I bet that would be yummy :)

  4. Hi, this salsa sounds absolutely great.

    Just wanted to let you know that I’ve been lurking here for a month or so. I really enjoy reading your blog. I’m from Holland and this blog gives me an opportunity to find out how real americans live. Instead of what you see on the reality shows.

    • Thanks so much for ready! And the mast majority of us are definitely not like the reality shows, I promise. :D

  5. Ha! Finally a recipe I’ve tried before you post it *grin* Love this salsa.

    • :D It’s so good!

  6. I used to eat my salsa spicy, but now I’m joining you and Babyface in the wimp zone…just a tiny bit of spiciness for me now. This must be a good year for cucumbers in our neck of the woods…I just made cucumber and onions the other day, now I just may have to make this salsa to use up some of the other cucumbers I picked…are your pepper plants producing well? Mine are loaded, just wish my tomatoes would get ripe…oh well, off to the farmers market Saturday morning…

    • Our peppers are producing very well, but the with the last few days of hot sun, a few of our red peppers got burnt before ever turning red. :(

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