Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Salad from my cucumber patch

This year, my cucumber patch is filled with exotic varieties of cucumbers.

Lemon cucumber

Armenian cucumber

Asian cucumber

This particular variety is called an heirloom West Indian Gherkin, which I am growing for the first time in my garden. It tastes like a cucumber and has a unique shape and size with spiky skin.

I harvested one of each variety, Armenian, Asian, Persian, Lemon, West Indian Gherkin and Dosa kaya. Dosa kaya is an Indian variety that has bright yellow and brown skin and a tart flavor. It is used in Indian chutneys, dals and curries. Dosa kaya pairs very well when cooked with lamb curry.

Here is the salad I prepared using garden fresh cucumbers and tomatoes

Cucumber - Tomato salad

  • 2 - 3 pounds, assorted cucumbers and tomatoes, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup sliced red onion
  • 1 small bunch mint, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and serve.

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  1. I have always loved lemon cucumbers, they are so refreshing and I love the shape. The salad looks marvelous, I've been LIVING off of something similar, I'll be posting about it soon!

  2. The salad looks so good. Didnt relize there are that many cucumber varieties.