SUMMER MUSTS // elspeth

I could kill for this charred corn right now. I have none of the ingredients and it's too late for a trip to the store, but maybe you do? Just saying. In other summer musts: we are coming up on prime time for Caprese salad, and Anna's balsamic glaze recipe is as good as ever. Same goes for my mom's chilled cucumber salad, which I CAN'T BELIEVE I've never shared with you. I make it, no joke, at least three times a week during cucumber season, and yet when I went to link to it from an old blog post, I realized it's not here. Fixing that now. And finally: blueberry picking. I took the girls early Saturday morning and we picked 11 pints in under an hour. Nora ate her body weight in fallen berries, Sally lived up to her name and put exactly three in her container, the rest in her mouth. Hurrah! Summer is here.


The nice thing about this salad is anyone with a few backyard cucumber and tomato plants can run out and pick and have dinner on the table. I usually chill the cucumbers and onions in the dressing, then add warm tomatoes just before serving, as tomatoes do not improve in the fridge. Also, this time of year, when the cucumbers are ready but the tomatoes are not, I just skip the tomatoes. It's just as good.

1 medium-large cucumber, thinly sliced
1/2 sweet onion, peeled and thinly sliced
1/3 cup white vinegar
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large ripe tomato, sliced

Arrange the cucumber and onion in a large, shallow platter. (My mother always used a pie dish.) Shake together the vinegar, pepper, sugar, salt and olive oil until well mixed. Pour this dressing over the veggies and put in the fridge to chill. Just before serving, slice the tomato and layer it over top.


Laurie said...

Wow, I had no idea balsamic glaze was that simple! I may never buy it again. Thanks for sharing.

Sarah said...

Always love your recipe inspiration, Elspeth! Took a walk to our local organic farm stand tonight after my eldest daughter was down to sleep (and my new babe asleep in the ergo- eeeep! sisters! it's SO fun, isn't it?!? still new at it here, but, still...) and picked up some fresh cucumbers- PERFECT!
Where are you blueberry picking?! Do you know of any oragnic U-Pick berry pllaces on Cape?
Trying your Mom's cuke salad tomorrow for lunch!

Elspeth said...

Thank you, Sarah, and congrats! Sisters are the best, as I learned as a kid. I feel pretty lucky I get to see it happen all over again. I pick at Hokum Rock Farm in Dennis. It's not organic, but they don't spray until later in the season when the flies show up. Not sure if they've sprayed yet or not, but they're very honest and willing to talk about their practices. And there are a gazillion huge berries!


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