Friday, December 1, 2006

Sweet-and-Tart Cucumber Salad

Copyright 2007, Cook's Illustrated: Summer Grilling & Entertaining (Supplement)

3 medium cucumbers (8 ounces each) peeled, halved lengthwise, and sliced 1/4 inch thick on bias
Table salt
2/3 cup water
1/2 cup rice vinegar
2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 medium red onion, sliced very thin
2 small jalapeno chiles, seeded and minced

1. Toss cucumbers with 1 tablespoon salt in strainer or colander set over bowl; weight with water-filled, 1-gallon zipper-lock bag,sealed tight. Drain cucumbers for at least an hour or up to 3 hours, then rinse and pat dry with paper towels.

2. Meanwhile, bring water and vinegar to boil in small nonreactive saucepan over medium heat. Stir in sugar to dissolve; reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. Cool to room temperature; season with salt to taste.

3. Mix cucumbers, onion, and jalapenos in medium bowl. Pour dressing over cucumber mixture; toss to coat. Serve chilled, adjusting seasonings if necessary.

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