Cucumber Salad with Ginger and Mint

Have you ever read a Day in the Life of a Dog and Cat?  I love it!  It makes me laugh out loud every time I read it, and as a dog owner, I can completely relate to everything being a dog’s favorite thing.

Ginger is my new favorite thing.  If I had a tail, ginger would make it wag.  I love its sweet spiciness and freshness.  Ginger has an ego; no matter how little of it you put in, it will always get noticed.

This salad is a winner for summer produce.  Cucumbers are producing like it’s the end of the world (I suppose for them it is since they are annuals), so are the peppers.  Fresh ginger  gives the soft flavors of cucumber and sweet pepper a little wake-up call.

Printable Recipe: Cucumber Salad with Ginger and Mint

Don’t close your eyes…you might miss the making of this salad; it’s that fast.

Start with olive oil and rice wine vinegar in your salad bowl.

Rice wine vinegar is ideal because it acts like a secondary character- letting the cucumbers, peppers, and ginger take center stage.  It has a tangy sweetness to it.  Other possible variations- keep it light- apple cider vinegar or white vinegar.  I think balsamic would be a little too heavy, but that’s just me.

We’re going to use a microplane to grate in a 1 inch piece of ginger.

There’s a lot of goodness that hides behind the grater.  Give it a good tap on the bowl or use your fingers to get every last fresh bite.

Don’t forget to sniff the ginger.  It smells like childhood.

Sprinkle on salt and pepper.

Add your sliced cucumbers.

And a diced up sweet pepper.  Forgot the picture because the ginger mesmerized my sense of smell and rendered me frozen for a few minutes.

Grab some fresh mint, and stack up the leaves.

Sniff it because you just can’t help yourself.  (If you have a tail, wag it because the smell of mint is happiness.)

Roll up your mint leaves-

We’re going to chiffonade these as best we can by cutting them into little ribbons.  It just looks prettier than if we rough chopped them.  Though, of course, to each his/her own.

If you have it, add in the juice of 1 lemon to help the mint and cucumber retain their gorgeous green color.  I love that green- it sings.

Mix well.  Serve at room temperature.  Taste summer.

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