Cucumber Gin and Tonic

Cucumber Gin and Tonic

This is a very refreshing cocktail. The cucumber slices and celery bitters add vegetal flavors that really enhance the classic Gin and Tonic. I found celery bitters at a local liquor store, but you can buy them online too.

Cucumber Gin and Tonic

Cucumber Gin and Tonic

1 1/2 ounces gin (I like navy-strength gin)
4 cucumber slices (plus another for garnish)
2 – 3 dashes celery bitters (optional)
4 ounces tonic water
lime wedge (plus another for garnish)

Combine the gin, cucumber slices, and celery bitters. Add ice and then top with the tonic water. Squeeze a wedge of lime in the drink. Garnish with a cucumber slice and a lime wedge.

Bulgur and Garbanzo Salad

From July 21, 2008:  On Saturday I made this whole grain salad to take to a party (that we ended up missing because of the horrible traffic on I-95). It’s a great no-cook summer salad. The bulgur wheat and garbanzos make a complete protein and are complemented with other traditional Mediterranean ingredients. Parsley can be used instead of cilantro.

Bulgur and Garbanzo Salad

1 cups raw bulgur
3/4 cup boiling water
Juice of 2 lemons
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
Salt & pepper, to taste
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 (15.5 oz) can garbanzo beans, drained
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 cucumber, seeded, peeled, and diced
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
4 oz. feta cheese, diced

In a bowl, pour boiling water over the raw bulgur. Let sit for 1 hour.

In a small bowl, mix the lemon juice, garlic, ground mustard, cumin, salt, and pepper. Whisk in the olive oil and pour dressing over the bulgur.

Mix the garbanzo beans, tomatoes, cucumber, and cilantro into the bulgur. Add the feta and chill for at least 1 hour to let flavors meld.

Asian-inspired Cucumber Salad

Cucumber Salad 2

From January 14, 2006:  This is a recipe I came up with this  past summer when I was overrun with cucumbers from the garden.  Let the salad sit for 30 minutes before serving to let the flavors combine.

Asian-inspired Cucumber Salad

2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and sliced
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 chile, minced (optional)
1 – 3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
3 T. sugar
3 T. fish sauce (you may substitute soy sauce)

In a small bowl, combine the garlic, rice wine vinegar, sugar and fish sauce.  In a larger bowl combine cucumber, red onion, cilantro, and minced chile.  Pour dressing over the salad and toss.