Monday, August 9, 2010

Smoked Salmon and Cucumber Salad with Dill

On Friday, we received our very first CSA box from Del Rio Botanical. We pick it up at a little market right near our house. I've never been quite so excited about groceries (food, yes; dessert, obviously, but not groceries, until now). I took deep calming breaths before entering the store, though, and managed not to hug the grocery guy who handed it to us, although I think he may have noticed me bouncing up and down a little (just a little, I swear) on our way out.

Our first box has (clockwise from the top left): White zucchini, cilantro, mint and anise hyssop, green and yellow beans, cavern striped tomatoes, amaranth greens, black plums, and fresh baby corn.

First, we tackled the amaranth greens, which were gone in a day and a half (stir-fried under dinner one night with chickpeas and topped with a stuffed cavern striped tomato; sauteed with shallot and garlic and parsley and then stirred with a couple of eggs the next morning for brunch -- basically a variation on the Soft Set Eggs recipe from a couple of weeks ago).

Then last night, we roasted the green and yellow string beans and decided to take on the remaining Italian citrone cucumbers, which I had never seen before they appeared in our produce box. My husband thought of making a salad with smoked salmon and dill. Since we had quite a few of the cucumbers, we served the salad over a bed of sliced cucumber dressed with a little dill and white wine vinegar. The whole thing made for a lovely, light, refreshing summertime meal.

About 5-6 inches of cucumber, peeled and diced
Rice vinegar (seasoned or unseasoned)
2 tbsp finely chopped scallion (white and light green parts), divided
1-2 tsp chopped fresh dill, divided
3-4 oz wild smoked salmon, coarsely chopped (you want about equal parts smoked salmon and cucumber in the salad)
Olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
Ak-mak crackers (or another stone-ground wheat cracker)

Combine cucumber, 1 tbsp of the scallions, and 1 tsp of the dill in a small bowl, sprinkle liberally with rice vinegar, and let sit for at least ten minutes. Drain most of the excess vinegar out the side of the bowl.

Then, add the smoked salmon and the rest of the scallions and stir to mix. Liberally douse with olive oil (about 1-2 tbsp -- enough to moisten the salad throughout) and add a generous amount of black pepper. Add additional dill to taste. Drizzle with a little lemon juice, and serve with the crackers.

Serves 2 with something else alongside (e.g., veggies stir-fried or roasted with mustard seeds and topped with a little salt and lemon juice before serving). Pairs well with a slightly dry Viognier (e.g., Yalumba 2009, currently on sale at Costco).

1 comment:

  1. I like your cucumber pics. It is great that the CSA provides you with some Italian carosello cucumbers to use. They grow fantastic in the heat and are both bitter-free and burpless. I grow quite a lot of these varieties myself.