Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Cucumber & Sprout Salad

Here's a nice simple side-salad. Greenhouse cucumbers were on sale this week, so a cucumber salad seemed in order. Also, it was HOT! And I do mean hot. Not like April at all.

It's too soon for radishes or green onions, but in a month they will be around. Or sooner, if this weather keeps up. I used some onion tops from the garden. They are the first thing up in the Spring, and even if you have a very small garden I think it's worth finding a few square inches for some chives and welsh onions. Carrots are still around, but not for much longer. I always try to buy a couple of bigs bags around now to tide me over the period in early summer that they are not available.

2 to 4 servings
15 minutes prep time - 30 minutes to marinate

Cucumber and Sprout Salad
Make the Dressing:
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons sunflower seed oil
3 tablespoons dill pickle juice
pepper to taste

Mix them up and set them aside.

Make the Salad:
2 or 3 mini greenhouse cucumbers
1 cup sunflower or other sprouts, chopped
1 medium carrot
OR 2 or 3 tender young radishes
1 green onion, or equivalent onion greens or chives

Wash the cucumbers and trim the ends; cut them in dice. Rinse, drain and chop the sprouts. Peel and dice the carrot or radishes, a little finer than the cucumbers. Rinse, trim and chop the green onion.

Toss with the salad dressing, and let marinate in a cool spot (fridge) for about 30 minutes to allow the flavours to blend.

Last year at this time I made Maple Gingerbread.


Myunghee said...

i really like your seasonal recipes. thank you and your posting.:)

Ferdzy said...

Myunghee, thank you!

CallieK said...

I've got spring onions already here in Toronto - we've been eating them for about a week! We had a really mil winter this year and then that heat wave last week sent everything into a crazy growth spurt- I swear I could actually see the lilies growing from up on my deck!

Ferdzy said...

Callie, that's great. I've got a fair bit of onion greens too.

It's pretty wild. On the down side, the early spring bulbs are *finished*. And of course, we are expecting some snow tonight, ugh. Still, I'm pretty optimistic that that will be the end of it - the next week is supposed to be mild again.

mark said...

hi ferdzy-
just wanted to let you know that we grow 260 lbs/week organic sunflower, buckwheat, pea sprouts and wheatgrass and our customers say they are awesome, best they've ever had!
thought you might be interested...
and we too just picked our supply of spring onions on our property in hockley valley.