Variations on Cucumber Salad

More in our Prepping for July 4th series. A family favorite is cucumber salads.  I like to find new flavors to try and shake things up.  Sometimes they’re successful – the Chipolte Lime Cucumber Salad from last fall’s bridal shower was a complete fluke, based on unexpected ingredients in my frig, that everyone loved.

This cucumber salad is based on one from a Greek restaurant:

Minted Cucumbers

  • 2 English cucumbers, sliced
  • 2 mild red chilies, sliced
  • 1 tsp dried mint, crushed (or 2 oz fresh)
  • 4 oz dates or figs, chopped
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 to 4 tsp sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste


English cucumbers come wrapped and don’t need to be peeled (no wax on the skins). Mix vinegar with sugar and toss with remaining ingredients, salt & pepper to taste.