I love attending parties where guests are asked to bring a dish. It’s always fun to see what everyone brings and even more fun to taste everything. A few summers ago, my friend Allison got a bunch of friends together at her house where we all brought something to share (I remember bringing this rice salad) and I remember tasting this simple cucumber salad and being blown away by it.
I’m not kidding when I say that this salad is simple. It’s so so simple that it’s become a staple salad in my household, especially during this time of year when we are cooking up our meals on the grill a lot more often.
It’s a perfect salad for spring/summer because it’s cold and crisp and complements so many dishes, from grilled chicken to grilled fish to burgers. And with just a few ingredients.
I had fun playing with my new OXO hand-held mandoline that I received in my FBF swag bag last month. Mandolines have always scared me, and I have to say, this one was not that scary! If you don’t have a mandoline, no worries – just slice up your cuke as thin as possible with a sharp knife.
I used a poblano pepper in this salad because I just love them, but fresh jalapenos or even a sweet cubanelle would be nice in this salad as well.
Kicked Up Cucumber Salad
Recipe created in Aggie’s Kitchen
1 English (seedless) cucumber, sliced thin
1 poplano, sliced thin into small pieces
1/2 red onion, sliced thin into small pieces
3 tablespoons Nakano rice vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar (if you’d like it a little sweeter, add an extra tablespoon)
salt and pepper to taste
In a small bowl, whisk together rice vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper until sugar is dissolved. Set aside.
To prepare your salad, add sliced cucumber, pepper and onion in a medium sized salad bowl. Pour vinegar mixture over your salad and gently toss. Serve immediately.
More recipes using rice vinegar:
Slow-Cooker Sweet-and-Sour Pork from The Merry Gourmet
Spicy Corn Fritters from Perry’s Plate
Spicy Peanut Noodle Stir-Fry from Bake Your Day
(Disclosure: I have a working relationship with and received products and compensation from Nakano, but my opinions are always my own. I developed this recipe using their product, but Nakano is a product you would already find in my home. Also, some links in this post are affiliate links.)