Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sweet & Spicy Cucumbers

I love cucumbers!  Back when I used to always go to the lake we would take cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions and cut them up and pour Italian dressing over them and refrigerate overnight and they tasted really good.  I haven't done that in years but when I ran across this recipe I knew I wanted to try it and it was really good.  I still have some in my refrigerator that I'm eating on.  Makes a good side or just something good to snack on. 

Sweet & Spicy Cucumbers
2-3 cucumbers, peeled, halved lengthwise & thinly sliced
2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 cup rice vinegar, seasoned or regular
1/2 cup water
3 Tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
2 Tbsp minced red onion

Place cucumber slices in a colander sitting over a bowl, sprinkle with salt and toss well.  Let sit for 1 hour refrigerated.  Toss the cucumbers a few times while they drain as well.  While cucumber slices are draining, prepare marinade below.  (this is to remove some water from the cucumbers)

Combine vinegar, water, sugar, red pepper flakes in a small saucepan and bring to boil.  Reduce heat and cook for about 10 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in the onion.  Let mixture cool to room temperature. 

Pat cucumbers dry and place in a bowl(or airtight container) and pour the vinegar mixture over them.  You can serve immediately or refrigerate for a little bit.  I recommend letting them cool, I ate some immediately but they tasted better a couple hours later!

Adapted from Our Best Bites.


  1. Love this idea. I love cucumbers. Such an adaptive veggie.

  2. Thank you for taking the time to post every day! I love being able to check back and see what yummy recipe you have posted!

  3. Your welcome Laurie! I'm glad to know I have some regular readers! :) Thank you!