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A Really Easy Cucumber Salad Recipe
Have you ever gotten so busy that you end up having no food at home? And then you end up running to a “Fressers” or “real bagel” or a “bagels on Greene” (Montrealers know of these places) and end up buying small containers of various salads? Then next thing you know, you’ve spent $75.00 on NOTHING. At a regular grocery store at least you can get fruits and vegetables.
I admit, I’m getting more organized in my older age of 28 (yikes) and try not to let myself spend money things I can make myself for WAY LESS. Here is one of those beloved salads, a cucumber salad, that I’ll share with you all. A nice thing about this recipe is it’s vegan/vegetarian and kosher so everyone can have it. Not to mention, it’s tasty and healthy at the very same time. Not too shabby.
Here is what you need:
Recommended tool: a mandoline slicer. (I’ll discuss this dream kitchen tool over the weekend)
1 English Cucumber
1 red pepper
1 small white onion
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
2 tsp, sesame oil
1 tbsp sugar
Salt and pepper to taste- approx 1/2 a tsp of each
Using the mandoline thinly slice the vegetables (I like the onion to be very thin - paper thin). A mandoline slicer really achieves the look and feel I am looking for. I would never get consistently sliced vegetables with a knife. Also, this salad does not taste as good when the onions are thicker. A personal preference I guess.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and let sit, in refrigerator, for a bit before serving. The more this salad marinates the better it gets. In fact, if you are serving at a lunch or dinner make earlier in the day and keep in the fridge until ready to serve. I love it really cold.
This is an Asian version but you can make it more traditionally too. Instead of sesame oil and rice vinegar swap for white vinegar and increase sugar to 2 tbsp.
BONUS TIP: the dressing can be used for salads too. Or marinade onions only as a delicious salad topper.
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VITAMIX HUMMUS RECIPE
Hummus is really easy to make and can be a really inexpensive dish to make for a potluck dinner or to entertain friends. I love making it myself because unlike pre-made hummus from the grocery store I know exactly how much salt and oil goes into it.
This is the hummus recipe from the VITAMIX cookbook.
2 cans Chickpeas; 1drained and 1 with liquid
1/4 cup raw sesame seeds. I used 1/4 cup tahini
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 garlic clove
1 teaspoon cumin ( I used paprika to garnish instead)
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Place all ingredients into VITAMIX except for salt and pepper and paprika
2. Secure VITAMIX lid
3. Select variable 1
4. Turn machine on and quickly increase speed to variable 10, then to high
5. Blend for 1 minute using tamper to press the ingredients into the blades
6. Season with salt pepper and paprika to taste
Serve with anything you like! Pita, crackers, vegetables and more!
Don’t have a VITAMIX? Don’t worry, you can use a food processor. Comes out the same. Just process until desired texture. I don’t like it too smooth. So not more than a minute!