Another simple one today! This recipe is especially simple because it is essentially recipe-less. It's what I like to call a "to-taste" recipe. Every single ingredient should be to your taste. You can put a ton of or completely leave out the vinegar, oil, onion, salt, pepper, sugar, the list goes on...
What you should probably definitely include, is cucumber. Because it is called cucumber salad. And you do not want to be a fraud.
Look at how pleasantly all of my ingredients match :) Except for that damn tomato! Which is ironic because I wound up taking the tomato out of the finished salad to put on a salmon salad sandwich the next day. It was good- I didn't take pictures because I was too busy eating it, but trust me.
So, this feels unnecessary because it's pretty straight forward, but here's what I did:
Sliced everything up nice and neat with my mandolin (which my boyfriend gave me as a gift with the EXPLICIT condition that if I cut myself with it, he would never be able to forgive himself and it would be taken away from me for good... stay tuned folks, I'm a kitchen accident waiting to happen.)
Look! Even here, the tomato knows it doesn't belong... it looks all pathetic and desperate. Damn tomato.
Then I just poured in the oil and vinegar. I'm certain this is the unpopular opinion, but I almost always do about 5:1 vinegar to oil, because I love vinegar. I crave it on a regular basis. Also, I think that's pretty close to what mom used to do with cucumber salad because it always tasted vinegar-heavy to me (in the best possible way).
Add a little salt and pepper, and just a touch of sugar to balance out your salt, and that's it. This recipe-less recipe is also great because it creates no immediate dishes-to-be-washed. You can slice directly in to a container that has a lid, throw the lid on and shake.
Fair warning- this is one of those foods that tastes better the next day. You have to let the flavors soak in to the cucumbers. So if you eat this right after putting it together, it pretty much just tastes like cucumbers. You could save yourself the eight seconds it takes to make this and just eat a cucumber.
Thanks for the recipe, mom! I can't wait to come in and edit this post once you tell me that I forgot something! ;)