Pear and Apple Salad with Cucumber Dressing

I have been in love with pears in more savoury applications since last century’s fascination with putting them in salads, soups and baked dishes.  Today we bring pears and apples together in a salad with a creamy yoghurt and cucumber dressing. A crunchy salad that will brighten anybody’s day.

Similar recipes include An Autumn Fruit Salad, Pear, Celery and Fennel Salad, and Roasted Rosemary Pears.

Or browse all of our Pear recipes and all of our Salads.

Continue reading “Pear and Apple Salad with Cucumber Dressing”

Cucumber Pachadi (or use Snake Gourd, Ridge Gourd or Chow Chow)

We have a few ways of making Cucumber Pachadi, varying just a little in ingredients. This is one of the simplest and one of the favourites.

It is of course, from Meenakshi Ammal and Vol 1 of her Cook and See books.

Similar recipes include Okra Pachadi, Nethu Kottu Flour Pachadi, Methi Sprouts Tambuli, Zucchini, Lime Leaf and Yoghurt Salad, Chow Chow Kari, Vellarikkai Thayir Pachadi, Tomato Pachadi, and Bitter Melon Pachadi.

Or browse all of our Pachadi recipes.

Continue reading “Cucumber Pachadi (or use Snake Gourd, Ridge Gourd or Chow Chow)”

Pineapple and Cucumber Salad with Tamarind Chilli Dressing

Tamarind is a natural match with tropical fruits, and this salad is hot, sour and tangy. It is a take on an Indonesian salad, and is perfect in Summer when we have the sweetest of pineapples available. The cucumber is seeded before being diced.

What a delicious dish this is, the tamarind and vinegar adding the sour notes and the chilli the hot notes – these play beautifully with the sweetness of the pineapple and the coolness of the cucumber.

Similar recipes include Hawaiian Chilli Pineapple Salad, Tamarind and Lime Dressing, Cucumber Salad with Rice Vinegar, and Balinese Sambal Iris.

Browse our Pineapple recipes and our Cucumber dishes. Our Indonesian dishes ar ehere. Or explore our Mid Summer dishes.

Continue reading “Pineapple and Cucumber Salad with Tamarind Chilli Dressing”

Sea Spaghetti, Cucumber, Edamame and Sesame Salad with Tahini Dressing

When I say noodles I suspect you don’t immediately think of sea spaghetti. Yet this member of the seaweed group of ingredients is noodle-like in shape and texture. I have them in the pantry to soak and drape over salads or mix with rice and (real) noodle dishes to add a deep umami flavour. It spreads a deep, saline, addictive flavour throughout a dish.

Sea spaghetti has a similar texture to rice noodles, and with that gloriously salty kick it makes a brilliant accompaniment to other dishes. I bought it online but you might be able to find it at large Asian supermarkets.

I’ve also sprinkled toasted and crumbled dried sea spaghetti over rice and salad dishes, cooked it with real noodles and pasta, cooked it in soups and sauces, stir fried it with vegetables and thrown it into curries. I hear you can deep fry it coated in a light batter or semolina flour. It needs to be cooked right to the point of al dente – even a bit beyond, and I love it with light and fresh ingredients.

The basics of this recipe comes from Ottolenghi’s Simple, a book of simpler flavours and even simpler cooking procedures when compared to his other books. I love this book, along with his others, but after years of cooking from his other books, the recipes  in Simple seem not-quite-Ottolenghi’ish in a nice, humorous sort of way. I took his recipe and added some Japanese seaweed, edamame and noodles to the dish.

Similar recipes include Sea Spaghetti, Ginger and Carrot Salad.

Browse all of our Sea Spaghetti dishes and all of our Seaweed Salads.

Continue reading “Sea Spaghetti, Cucumber, Edamame and Sesame Salad with Tahini Dressing”

100 Vegetables: #41. Cucumber

Cucumbers are another vegetable that is always in the kitchen in Summer. Such a cooling vegetable, especially during our 40C Summer days. It’s primary use is in salads. Although it can be cooked it is not usual in Western cuisines.

It also makes a cooling juice, especially when mixed with other juices such as zucchini or watermelon. And a cucumber lassi is the best drink on a hot Summer afternoon.

We have so many recipes with cucumber. Here are some that we hope you will enjoy.

You can browse all of our Cucumber recipes here. And check out our 100 Vegetable Series.

Continue reading “100 Vegetables: #41. Cucumber”

Kachumber | Chuchumber

Kachumber is a Hindi word for chopped into small pieces. It can mean any Indian salad made with a few salad vegetables that have been finely sliced or chopped and served with a wedge of lemon. Here we have the most commonly made kachumber – tomatoes, onions, cucumbers and herbs. The dressing is always lemon or lime juice and black pepper, although vinegar can be added in the Parsi version.

I have other Kachumber recipes here, but this one is simple. Quick and simple. I thought that I would include it because often that is what we want and need. It is as delicious as ever. I hope you enjoy it.

I’ve made Kachumbers using the chopping blade of a food processor, by grating some of the ingredients and by chopping by hand. Use which ever method suits you on the day.

You might like to read What is a Kachumber? And our Collection of Kachumber Salads.

Similar recipes include Apple and Grape Kachumber, Daikon and Carrot Kachumber, Chickpea (Channa) Chaat and Channa Chaat on Kovalam Beach.

You might like to try other Indian Salads and Indian Snacks. All of our Indian recipes are here, and our Indian Essentials are here. Other Late Summer recipes can be found here.

Continue reading “Kachumber | Chuchumber”

Radish and Cucumber Kachumber

Kachumber, the chopped salad of India, comes in many varieties. Usually the salad is chopped finely but today I made a colourful kachumber with wedges of cucumber and red radish. It is fresh and lively, a perfect salad for Summer and into Autumn while the weather is still warm. Kachumber is the perfect, no fuss accompaniment to any Indian meal.

Similar recipes include Kachumber, Carrot Kachumber, Beetroot and Carrot Kachumber, and Tangy Kachumber.

Or have a look at our collection of Kachumber recipes.

Browse all of our Kachumber recipes and all of our Indian Salads. All of our Indian recipes are here, and our Indian Essentials are here. Or explore our Mid Autumn recipes.

Continue reading “Radish and Cucumber Kachumber”

Çoban Salatası | Turkish Shepherd’s Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Olives and Feta

Çoban Salatası or Choban salad (Turkish for Shepherd’s Salad) is a Turkish salad consisting of finely chopped tomatoes (preferably peeled), cucumbers, long green peppers, onion, and flat-leaf parsley. The dressing is made from of lemon juice, olive oil, and salt.

It is another take on the ubiquitous global Tomato and Cucumber Salad. The lovely twist to this one is the finely chopped ingredients, the tang of lemon, and the peeled tomatoes. It is rare that I peel tomatoes, but for this salad I break my own rule. Today we only had large olives in the pantry, but normally I would use smaller ones.

Similar recipes include Caprese Salad, Tomato Salad with Lemon, Tomato Salad with Parsley Oil, and Warm Tomato Salad.

Browse all of our Tomato Salads and all of our Turkish dishes. Or explore our Mid Spring recipes.

Continue reading “Çoban Salatası | Turkish Shepherd’s Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Olives and Feta”

Salted Cucumber Salad

The Danish love to salt their cucumbers, removing the water inherent in this summery vegetable and infusing the flesh with salt and lemon juice. It is a delightful dish, and interestingly it is perfectly suited to the extreme heat of Australian Summers as well as the cool Summers of those far Northern regions.

Similar recipes include Cucumber, Feta, Mint and Dill Salad, Cucumber Salad with Capers and Ricotta, and Cucumber and Red Onion Salad with Mustard.

Browse all of our Cucumber Salads, and all of our many Salads. Or explore our Late Summer dishes.

Continue reading “Salted Cucumber Salad”

Salad-e Khiar-o Anar | Cucumber Pomegranate Salad

Since discovering golpar, I have been looking at ways to use it. This lovely salad has its origin in a book by Najmieh Batmanglij, New Food of Life: Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking. It is quite a terrific salad, with the flavour bursts of pomegranate kernels, the tang of the lime, golpar and salt, the freshness of mint and the cooling taste of the cucumber. It is a remarkable mix of flavours and is totally gorgeous. It would make a great Xmas Salad with those lovely colours.

Golpar is the powder made from the seeds of Iranian Hogweed, and you can read more about it here. Pick up some of the powder or the seeds at a Middle Eastern or Afghan grocery. If you can only find the seeds, grind them to a powder in a spice grinder.

Similar recipes include Salted Cucumber Salad, Pomegranate Salsa, Tomato and Pomegranate Salad, and Golpar Namak.

Browse all of our Cucumber recipes, our Pomegranate recipes and our Salads (lots of them). If you are just looking for Cucumber Salads, they are here. Or explore all of our Early Summer dishes.

Continue reading “Salad-e Khiar-o Anar | Cucumber Pomegranate Salad”