Sunday, October 18, 2009

#189_Cucumber Ribbon Salad

Cucumber Ribbon Salad with Pinoy Style Dressing

They resemble wire ribbons, these thin slices of cucumbers make a simple but elegant salad, cucumber salad, that is.

What is Pinoy style dressing?
It is a very simple dressing and consist of very basic ingredients:
It is a mixture of vinegar, sugar and salt, that's it! the dressing is then poured into the sliced cucumber. You don't need to bring out your measuring spoons and measuring cups to make this, just eyeball the ingredients. Tantya lang ang kailangan nito. Sprinkle with freshly cracked pepper. Cover the salad with plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours before serving.

This Cucumber Salad is a very good accompaniment to chicharon or fried fish and other Philippine viand such as bistek, pork paksiw, crispy pata, lechon, etc.

To make ribbon-like slices of cucumber:

First, rinse the cukes with cold water and dry with paper towel. Cut off both ends of the cucumber.

and to make that ribbon effect, use a veggie peeler as a slicer then pile them up in a bowl.

And voila!! "ribbon cukes"!

they are so pretty as they curl up

You can also add some sliced shallots, or sliced radish or grated carrots on the cukes and go Italian...make real vinaigrette instead of just vinegar, sugar and salt.

Suggested ingredients for vinaigrette:
Olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard.

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