all sorts of recipes, from me to you

all sorts of recipes, from me to you…

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Cucumber and Onions with Trivia Bits





Many gardeners have a surplus of cucumbers now and this recipe is an easy tasty way to utilize them.  The sweet and sour thing going on in it is so good and we enjoy eating it all summer long. 

I’m crazy about cucumber and onion salad but don’t like the high amount of sugar it generally takes to make it.  This is my solution to that and I’ve been making it this way for years.  Bill likes it topped with tomato wedges just before serving. 



Here are some interesting cucumber tips and trivia:



  1. Cucumbers are natural diuretics used to help lose weight!

  1. Looking for a 'green' way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but it won't leave streaks and won't harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

  1. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!

  1. Anyone allergic to pollen or aspirin should avoid eating cucumbers. They can cause an unpleasant mouth itch.

  1. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

  1. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don't have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

  1. Soak slicing cucumbers in salt water before slicing to suck some of the moisture out of the cucumber. Sliced cucumbers leak water when sliced.




  1. In Roman times, the Emperor Tiberius grew cucumbers in carts, and had his slaves wheel them around to catch the sun.

  1. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

  1. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

  1. General Ulysses S. Grant was said to have been extremely fond of cucumbers. General Horace Porter remarked in an article, 'Campaigning with Grant', the General "often made his entire meal upon a sliced cucumber and a cup of coffee."

  1. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don't have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

  1. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!

Can’t stop at 13 so, believe it or not:

  1. There is actually a mining community called “Cucumber” in Southern West Virginia.  As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 94.  It’s the only community in the U.S. with that name.       


I can’t vouch for all of the above ~ I just know that sometimes the most ordinary recipes are the best and this recipe lives up to that.  While making supper, I’ve been known to devour a good amount of this before it even makes it to the table.  It’s all about the crisp cool cucumbers, the sweet Vidalia onions, the spicy pepper and the biting taste of the vinegar.  It’s a delicious, simple summer salad!


Now for the recipe:


Cucumber and Onion Salad Sugar-free

Ingredients:

2 cucumbers, peeled and sliced thin
2 Vidalia onions, sliced thin
1 garlic clove, finely minced
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup water
½ cup Splenda
Salt, to taste
2 teaspoons McCormick’s Seasoned Pepper Blend

Method:

In a non-metallic bowl, combine cucumbers, onions and garlic.
Add remaining ingredients and stir well.
Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.

It’s great! 



Be sure to visit my friend, Linda’s blog @My Kind of Cooking for great tips, recipes.






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20 comments:

  1. BigAppleNosh, great and thanks!

    Gloria, thank you! It is!

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  2. This is a real fun post. Thanks. I've been thinking about cucumber for a while. Must do something about that when I go to the market this afternoon. Peter doesn't care much for onions, but I enjoy cukes with some vinegar and herbs.

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  3. I use splenda in my cucumber salad too. I love that it dissolves easily and I can't tell the difference at all. And thanks for the cucumber fact. How fun! I just made pickles for the first time and I am so excited to sample them when they are done fermenting so I can see how they turned out.

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  4. Wow...what great info Pam! Thanks. I love your cuke salad. Will be making that soon.

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  5. Ok not in season in my garden..but I love when they are..slice them dice them eat out of teh habd,put a nice9like yours) salad together and what's over ended in the jars;)

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  6. Interesting...I might try the squeaky hinge bit. The salad looks super!

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  7. Stephen, sounds like a plan to me!

    Kelly, yes, no one would it's Splenda. I know what you mean with the pickles as I just made some also. We'll see!

    Mr. Bill, thanks! I love cuke salad too and now I know what else to do with a cuke!

    Dzoli, yum for the cucumbers! Love salads made with them.

    Julie, yes, think I'll be trying that too! Thanks for the visit!

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  8. What a superb selection of cucumber facts! MY WIFE has been eating a lot of them as of late, so I'll have to print this out for her to read.

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  9. I love your recipe but I especially liked reading your accumulated knowledge about cucumbers. I didn't know most of what you presented to us.
    Have a wonderful day.Blessings...Mary

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  10. Ah! Nothing like the taste of fresh food! :)

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  11. This really brings back memories for me! While growing up one side dish we enjoyed in the summer was cold peeled sliced cukes seasoned with vinegar & pepper. Still tastes wonderful. Yum! :)
    ~Judy

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  12. I have never made cucumbers with Splenda before, I am going to have to give that a try. I really liked your number 10 in the list. I am visiting my family again in Florida and that may come in handy, lol!

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  13. Love the facts!!
    When I was a kid my mom would make this salad, but I hated onions, so I'd pick all those out and just eat the cucumbers.. they were sooooo good!!

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  14. Wow that looks good Pam, I will have some with my pork BBQ!!
    Love the Trivia also, I did not know those things, other than the natural diuretic.

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  15. Hi Pam! What a coincidence! I was just assigned a blog for a recipe club i joined and I made Cucumber Onion salad! It WAS delicious! Yours looks good too! You might like the recipe club. Miss chatting with ya! Hope all is well up there! xoxo

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  16. My mom made this salad for years and I always loved it. In fact, I made a second batch this summer just the other day! I use rice wine vinegar, which has less of a bite.

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  17. Thanks for the tips on cucs! I have to add, though -- about the allergies. I have pollen allergies and oral allergy syndrome, so raw cucs are out for me. But, I can enjoy them as pickles!

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  18. What a nice recipe. I do have hay fever, but also do well with cucumbers. I'd need a big bushel to help with me cellulite!

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Pam