Cucumber and Soba Noodle Salad

https://cookieandkate.com/2013/sesame-ginger-and-cucumber-soba-noodles/

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Sweet Pickle Relish

https://oldworldgardenfarms.com/2013/06/28/sweet-pickle-relish-recipe/

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 pounds Pickling Cucumbers or 4 pounds of Large Cucumbers
  • 1 Large Sweet Onion
  • ¼ cup Pickling or Kosher Salt
  • 3 cups White Vinegar
  • ¾ cup Sugar
  • 4 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 teaspoons Dill Seed
  • 2 teaspoons Mustard Seed
  • 2 teaspoons Celery Seed
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric

Cucumber and Avocado Salad

http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2015/04/obsessively-good-avocado-cucumber-salad/

3/4 to 1 pound seedless cucumber, washed and chopped into chunks
2 thin or 1 regular scallions, thinly sliced
1 large avocado, pitted and diced
2 tablespoons mayonaise
Juice of half a lime, plus more to taste
Salt and hot sauce (we used Sriracha) to taste
Chopped cilantro or flat-leaf parsley to garnish

Combine cucumber, scallions and avocado in a bowl. Whisk together mayo, lime and seasonings, adjusting levels to taste. Drizzle salad with dressing and garnish with cilantro or parsley. Repeat again tomorrow.

Sesame Noodles

http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2015/08/takeout-style-sesame-noodles-with-cucumber/

Serves 4, generously, and up to double that if served as shown, with lots of cucumber, peanuts and herbs

3/4 pound dried rice noodles (see notes up top)
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil, plus a splash to loosen noodles
2 tablespoons Chinese sesame paste or tahini (see note up top)
1 tablespoon smooth peanut butter
3 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons Chinese rice vinegar
1 tablespoon granulated or brown sugar
1 tablespoon finely grated ginger
2 teaspoons minced garlic (from 1 medium-large clove)
Chili-garlic paste, to taste
1/2 pound cucumber, very thinly sliced
1/2 cup roasted salted peanuts, roughly chopped
A handful of chopped fresh herbs, such as mint and cilantro, for garnish

Cook noodles according to package directions and rinse with cold water to cool. Drain well. Drizzle with a tiny splash of toasted sesame oil to keep them from sticking until dressed.

Meanwhile, whisk sesame paste and peanut butter in the bottom of a small bowl, then whisk in soy sauce, rice vinegar, remaining 2 tablespoons sesame oil, sugar, ginger, garlic and chile-garlic paste to taste until smooth. Adjust flavors to taste. It might seem a bit salty from the bowl, but should be just right when tossed with noodles.

Toss sauce with cold noodles.

Place a medium-sized knot of dressed noodles in each bowl, followed by a pile of cucumber. Garnish generously with peanuts and herbs. Serve with extra chile-garlic paste on the side.

Fridge Dill Pickles

http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2014/07/easiest-fridge-dill-pickles/

8 larger or to 10 smaller firm, fresh Kirby (pickling) cucumbers
3 teaspoons kosher, coarse or pickling salt (if using a featherweight brand such as Diamond, use a little more)
1 to 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
1/2 cup white vinegar

Slice your cucumbers very thin — I used 1/8-inch slices here but usually go even thinner on a mandoline. Place them in a 1-liter or equivalent lidded jar. Add 3 teaspoons salt and dill, then pour in white vinegar. Close the jar and give it a few shakes to begin distributing the ingredients.