Thanks to Door to Door Organics for sponsoring this recipe.
We’ve had a few deliveries of Door to Door Organics lately and I have to say, the ingredients have been inspiring. Recipe inspiring, that is! I’m a visual person, so even though I know what I’m getting in my subscription boxes and I’m able to customize them, I still have no clue what I’m going to make until I see the actual product. Recently, when I opened my subscription box and found the radishes and spring onions, I knew I was going to make a modified version of my mom’s cucumber salad.
I loved the often simple ingredient creations my mom would make when I was growing up, and no matter how hard I try, it’s near impossible to recreate them. I decided to roll with the punches and instead of recreating them, I’m modifying them and making them my own. It’s still her inspiration, but with a little bit of Sunshine flair. In this case I didn’t change too much. I added radishes and changed the vinegar to apple cider vinegar instead of white vinegar. Basically, it’s the same recipe, just embellished a bit.
Cucumber Radish Salad
- 1 cucumber thinly sliced (peel optional)**
- 5 to 8 medium to large radishes thinly sliced
- 1 spring onion thinly sliced (or 1/4 of a red onion)
- apple cider vinegar
- ground black pepper
**My personal preference is if it’s an organic or homegrown cucumber I’ll leave the peel, if it’s store bought with a waxy film, that peel has to go!
Place cucumbers, radishes and onion in a medium to large bowl then cover with water. Add in salt and let them soak for two to four hours.
Don’t be stingy with the salt. You want this water to taste undrinkable, like it came from the ocean. Add anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 cup of salt and mix it in good until it’s dissolved. The salt water adds flavor to the veggies, it will soften them up, and it will add flavor to the liquid they’ll eventually be soaking in. Don’t worry, you’ll be removing quite a bit of this salt water, so you won’t be serving as much of it as you’re adding.
After the veggies have soaked for a few hours drain off the salt water reserving about two cups of it.
Once the salt water is drained/reserved you’ll add back in some of the salt water and vinegar. I usually start with a 1 to 1 ratio. I do 1 cup of salt water to 1 cup of apple cider vinegar. If you want to start with less try 1/2 cup and 1/2 cup. Give it a quick taste and make adjustments based on your tastes. If it’s too acidic try adding in a little more salt water (or even fresh water), if it’s too salty, try adding in a bit more vinegar (or even fresh water here too). Keep track of what your personal preference is for the balance. My preference is starting with the 1 to 1, then adding in about a quarter to half cup more of the salt water.
After you’ve found the perfect liquid balance for your salad add a bit of black pepper to taste and serve immediately.
You’ll notice the apple cider vinegar will give the salad a rosy look. The radishes bright red color will start to leach into the vinegar as well almost immediately and over time it will lose it’s color completely. This salad can be saved, however the appearance will change. The flavor will remain just as good!
All of the ingredients for this recipe can be obtained through Door to Door Organics. I received all of the vegetables in the subscription box, then you can add on the apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper!
I encourage you to check out other recipes Door to Door Organics has on their site. You can go to the recipe tab on the sidebar, or just type in the ingredient you want to build a recipe around in the search bar and you’ll come up with some amazing recipe suggestions.
Another thing I love about the recipe feature on the Door to Door Organics page is the ability to shop by recipe! If you pull up a recipe you love and want to try out there are little shopping carts next to each ingredient. Just take inventory of your pantry, then add any extras you need for the recipe to your cart directly from the recipe page. This is a wonderful way to take on meal planning for the next week. Plus, all of it is done from the comfort of your own home!
What recipe will you make with your Door to Door Organics subscription box? Share your ideas with us in the comments below.