No muss, no fuss

I’m a bad blog mommy. As soon as things get hectic, I drop the blog baby and tend to the others, who are more likely to kick and scream. I’m sorry, baby. But there’s just a lot going on right now. Henning is back from Germany and I’m leading some younger graduate students in a qualifying exam prep session and I’m still trying to write a thesis. I’m cooking easy, tasty dishes that can be whipped up in an instant. I’ve got one of my favorites to share with you.

Cucumber Salad

Yeah, I know. Just some cucumbers? Yes, and no. This simple cucumber salad is a favorite summertime snack of mine, even more so this summer since I’m growing cucumbers in my garden. The difference between storebought and homegrown veggies is really quite amazing. I mean, I always knew this somehow, but this summer has really shown me. The difference between zucchini picked fresh from my garden and even that bought at the farmer’s market is tremendous. But I digress.

This simple salad is nothing more than slices of cucumber, a splash of mild vinegar, and a pinch each of salt and sugar. It’s simple, cooling, refreshing, and delicious, especially with homegrown cucumbers.

Simple Cucumber Salad

one medium cucumber, peeled and seeded if you like
a splash of mild vinegar, such as white wine or rice wine
a pinch of sugar
a pinch of salt

Slice the cucumber thinly (I use a mandoline-like plastic and ceramic slicer). Toss with remaining ingredients and serve immediately.

Serves 1-2.



  1. Posted August 12, 2007 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    I love the smell of cucumbers! You have a nice blog here!

  2. Posted August 13, 2007 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    This is one of the first things I learned to “cook” from my grandmother and I make it every summer.

    Blog babies recover from dropping. At least you didn’t throw it out with the bathwater ;)

  3. theotheraverett
    Posted August 14, 2007 at 6:25 am | Permalink

    though you’re in california, this is the definition of summer in the south.

  4. Posted August 23, 2007 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    This is something my grandmother used to make. She would sprinkle the salt on the cucumber slices first to make them render their juices, then add red wine or rice vinegar and sugar to taste. She always put a couple of ice cubes in the bowl to keep it chilled. This, along with some sliced tomatoes and roast chicken was a standard meal in my grandparents’ house – she was a really good cook.

  5. dan
    Posted August 31, 2007 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Are you part Slovak? Sprinkle a hint of paprika at the end and it’s traditional Slovak cucumber salad.

  6. Posted September 17, 2007 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    So are you coming back?

  7. Posted September 19, 2007 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Alice- gah, I know. I’m so slacking! I have so much going on right now, it’s crazy. I am going to try to start posting again, but I’m not sure how regular it will be. Sometimes life gets in the way!

  8. Posted October 29, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    I’m missing summer with this gorgeous cucumber salad….

  9. Posted December 27, 2016 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    I wish to say that this post is awesome, nice written and include almost all important info’s. I’d like to see more posts like this.

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