Yikes! The cucumbers were running rampant this morning when I sussed out this week’s CSA offerings. Most normal people can only eat so much cucumber, so finding 3 in a CSA box might seem a little overwhelming. Never fear! Here are some suggestions for using up those tasty fruits.
There’s a sprig of dill in the boxes this week, too. Perfect for whipping up a batch of tzatziki for spreading or dipping.
- 1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
- 3 cups plain Greek Yogurt
- 1 Tbsp. fresh dill, chopped
- The juice of 1 fresh lemon
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tbsp. salt
-Toss cucumber with salt and place in a colander or strainer. Place a plate with a weight on it directly on the cucumber. Set the colander in a clean sink or on a clean dishtowel and allow cucumber to drain for an hour.
-Combine the cucumber, dill, lemon juice, and garlic in a food processor and pulse until well blended.
-Stir cucumber mixture into yogurt. Refrigerate the Tzatziki until well chilled. Serve as a spread for wraps or a dip for pitas, veggies, etc.
Spicy Thai Cucumber
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 cups peeled and sliced cucumber
- salt and pepper
- 2 small tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and coarsely chopped
- 4 scallions, thinly sliced
- 2 red Thai chiles, minced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
- Fresh lime juice
-Heat oil in frying pan. Saute cucumber for 2-3 minutes over medium heat.
-Add tomato, scallions, chiles and garlic. Continue cooking for another 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
-Stir in coconut milk and honey. Reduce heat and simmer 2-3 minutes.
-Stir in lime juice and serve over steamed rice. Top with chopped fresh cilantro And season to taste with salt and pepper.
If you make the Tzatziki and the Thai Cucumber and you STILL have cucumber left over, don’t forget the old standbys.
-use it in Greek salad, tossed garden salad or a noodle salad
-make cucumber sandwiches
-use cucumber as a gluten-free base for canapes
-eat it raw sprinkled with a little salt
-toss it into a smoothie