I love entertaining but I cannot tell a lie…..making sure everything gets done at the same time STRESSES ME OUT. I am terrible at getting everything done at once especially when I only have one oven (like at the cottage). Thankfully, the summer veggie season makes it easy to get around my hangups. Fresh and delicious vegetables don’t need much help to become an amazing side dish. So a salad recipe it is! How about Red Onion and Cucumber Salad with Vinegar Dressing? Yum!
Salad is the first side dish that comes to mind but I find that many lettuce side dishes get slimy and gross really fast (especially in warm weather).
I’ve found that salads that stray from the standard lettuce base are perfect for entertaining. Most can be prepared ahead of time so you can pull them from the fridge and serve.
This past weekend, I tried out a new salad made with baby cucumbers and red onions. It really highlighted the fresh and delicious cucumbers from the farmers’ market and everyone loved it (even Dewey, our token cucumber hater).
Even cooler? As you eat the salad, just add cucumbers and onions to the vinegar dressing to make more.
Red Onion & Cucumber Salad with Vinegar Dressing Recipe
- 6 baby cucumbers, cut in half and sliced
- 1 red onion, cut in half and sliced
- 2 Tbsp fresh dill, chopped
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- Place cucumbers, onions and dill in a non reactive dish with a lid.
- In a measuring cup or small bowl, mix vinegar, water and sugar and stir until sugar dissolves.
- Pour over cucumbers and let stand at room temperature for an hour.
- Refrigerate and serve cold.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 47 Sodium: 5mg Carbohydrates: 9g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 6g Protein: 1g
An added bonus is that all three salads were delicious the next day when we ate leftovers for lunch. You can’t do that with a lettuce based salad. All three of these would also be great options to take to a potluck.
Now it is your turn….what is your favorite make ahead side dish for the summer?
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