In my recipe a few days ago for a Zippy Melon and Cucumber Salad, I discussed riffing and how that recipe came about as a result of it.  In that spirit, I riffed yet again on it and came up with a really nice Summertime salad.

Cucumber Salad

Delicious Cucumber Salad. The flecks in the bowl are fresh mint.

Instead of melon, we used 2 kiwi fruit and a couple of fresh nectarines.  It made for a nice combination of flavors and textures.  We also used one of our favorite new discoveries:  Armenian cucumber.  These babies are HUGE!  They have a light, citrusy flavor, a really satisfying crunch and a meaty, substantial texture.  They aren’t wet and juicy like regular cucumbers, but a little dryer and a little more substantial.  If you come across some, you owe it to yourself to give it a try… don’t be put off by it’s weird appearance.  Just use it like a regular cucumber.  We found them at our local farmer’s market for $1.50 each.  I don’t know how the skin tastes… we peeled ours.

Of course, because they are so big, we just used one and still ended up with a ton of salad! Also, if you use the dressing recipe from the melon and cucumber salad, you may find yourself making a double batch.  It’s easy to make though, so you’re probably better off making a single first and then making more if you need it.  We paired this salad with broiled albacore tuna loins… it really was a perfect Summer dinner!

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