What a great summer it has been so far. One of my favorite things about North Carolina is that we have all four seasons. I think back to the winter when I was trying to remember what it was like to feel the warm sunshine. It's easy to imitate cold but it can be hard to remember just how hot it can get in the summer when the wind is blowing and ice is on the road.
Several things come to mind with warm weather: cookouts, water, ice cream. For me specifically? I have a favorite dish to enjoy with any meal, especially in the summer: cucumber and onions.
Cucumber and onion salad
3 small cucumbers
1/2 white onion
Apple cider vinegar
Salt and pepper
The first thing you need is to find a good batch of cucumbers. You can use cucumbers you've grown in your own garden, or pick them up fresh from the farmers market. Wash them well and remove the skin. Now you are ready to slice them into slices, about half an inch thick.
Next, grab an onion. I prefer white onions but any large onion could work. Lying it on its side, cut it in half parallel with the tip of the onion. Peel off the skin, slice and cut into half-moons.
Put the cucumbers and onions into a large bowl. Pour apple cider vinegar into the bowl until you have just covered all of the contents. Add salt and pepper. Mix gently and then let the mixture rest in the refrigerator for a couple hours. After that, it'll be ready to enjoy! Serves 4-6.
Stay tuned for more summer recipes and projects. Enjoy your 4th of July weekend!