Cucumbers have to be one of my family’s favorite garden-grown goodies. They are a healthy snack on their own, or a great addition to a meal. They are known as a cooling food that is high in water content, but they also contain some valuable nutrients, and even some anti-oxidants. Among the nutrients you will find in cucumbers are Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, trace amounts of B vitamins, potassium, trace amounts of calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, phosphorous, copper, manganese, fluoride, selenium, silica and molybdenum; and don’t discount the fiber content of the peels! Oh, to add to all this, they are low in calories.
We like to eat them raw without salt, with salt, dipped in ranch dressing, in salads… They are so yummy!
Our favorite way to prepare them, however, is almost as simple as the ways listed above, and is gobbled up right away. Here is this simple, tasty recipe:
Cucumbers in Vinegar:
- Slice cucumbers into rounds
- Add a few red onion slices (this is optional)
- Cover with about 2/3 part apple cider vinegar and 1/3 part water (my kids like the vinegar, but this is adjustable)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Sprinkle generously with dill, which I grow in our garden for this very purpose
- I usually let this mixture sit on the counter for about 10 or so minutes while I am preparing the rest of our meal
That’s it. Super easy and very tasty! My kids actually even like to drink the vinegar mixture after the cucumbers are eaten, which is ok by me, since apple cider vinegar is healthy as well.
What is your favorite way to prepare and eat cucumbers?