Cucumber is a favourite veggie of many. Oh, but wait a moment, it has seeds! Is it a vegetable or is it a fruit? Botanically speaking, a fruit is a seed-bearing part of a flowering plant that is edible. A vegetable is an edible part of a plant without seeds. A cucumber is botanically a fruit but we often classify it as a fruit-vegetable because it has seeds but is not as sweet as an apple or strawberry. This sweet and sour cucumber salad has a fantastic flavour combination that will please your palate. 

Yield: 4 servings
Preparation Time: About 20 minutes (plus one hour in the fridge)

INGREDIENT LIST

  • 1/4 cup white-wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • pinch freshly cracked pepper
  • ½ English cucumber, cut in half lengthwise and sliced thinly
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh dill, chopped

EQUIPMENT LIST

  • small sharp knife
  • cutting board
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • liquid measuring cup
  • medium-sized bowl
  • 2 large spoons

 

METHOD

  1. Measure the vinegar, sugar, water, salt and pepper and combine in a medium-sized bowl. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Cut a cucumber in ½ lengthwise. Slice the cucumber halves thinly, placing the flat side on the cutting board.
  3. Add to the dressing.
  4. Tear the dill fronds from the stems. Bunch the dill together and tear into small pieces and add to the cucumber and dressing.
  5. Toss to coat with spoons.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour or up to 3 days.
  7. Toss together before and drain some of the liquid before serving.

STEP-BY-STEP – SWEET AND SOUR CUCUMBER SALAD!

 

STEP 1
Gather your ingredients and measuring tools.

STEP 2
In a bowl, measure the vinegar, sugar, water, salt and pepper.

STEP 3
Stir until the sugar dissolves.

STEP 4
Cut a cucumber in ½ lengthwise.  Thinly slice the cucumber halves placing the flat side down on the cutting board. Add the cucumber slices to the dressing.

STEP 5
Tear the dill fronds from the stems.  Bunch the dill together and tear into small pieces and add to the cucumber and dressing.

STEP 6
Toss to coat with spoons.

STEP 7
Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour or up to 3 days. Toss together and drain some of the liquid before serving.

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