Sunday, August 10, 2008

Cucumber and radish salad

This is my contribution to this week Weekend Herb Blogging event which is being hosted by Divya from the blog Dil Se. For the ones of you who do not know, this event was created by the lovely Kalyn from the equally lovely blog Kalyn's Kitchen which is packed with great recipe and posts. WHB is now 2 years old. When I was not able to publish in English one of the things that I missed most was taking part on this event. So glad to be back. I missed last week 'sas the posts had to be submitted by the Saturday and I got ready to post my entry on the Sunday, the last day.

This salad is inspired on a recipe from the Ottolenghi book which I purchased in early June. I used to live just down the road from the first Ottolenghi shop in London and have grown quite fond of their creations. When trying to select a salad for the event I thought that this one would be just perfect.

I love a crunchy salad, the ones that make lovely little noises as you chew. They make the jaws work hard, and on top of satiating they also turn out to be great fun – in my eyes anyway. I have mixed feelings about cucumber and whenever possible I try to avoid the seedy ones as they are very watery. I tend to stick to Lebanese cucumbers as they are crunchier. I give it a good wash and try not to peel it as the vitamin A is mostly on its skin. This salad is very simple, very few ingredients, but full of goodiness. Plus it looks so pretty with its greens, reds, whites and the sprinkle of poppy seeds.
We tend to take cucumber for granted many times, but it is rich in vitamin A and C, folic acid and potassium. When I was in my teens I was really into my natural beauty treatments and the cucumber slices over my eyes were popular with me. Raddishes are not only beautiful with their lovely colour but contain a significant amount of vitamin C as well and are linked with anti-cancer properties. As one would say, not only a little pretty thing.


Lebanese cucumbers



Poppy seeds

Olive oil


White wine vinegar
Wash your cucumbers and radishes, pat them dry with kitchen towel. Chop cucumbers diagonally, in medium thickness pieces. The radishes should be sliced not too thinly. Throw both of them in a bowl. Chop the parsley very thinly and sprinkle it over the cucumber and raddish. Make the dressing with olive oil, vinegar and salt.Remember the ratio 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar and you will be fine. The poppy seeds are added last. It is ready to eat. Very simple and sure to give you a lot of pleasure.


Divya Vikram said...

Perfect salad with interesting ingredients..Thanks for sending this to WHB

Cynthia said...

I like the addition of poppy seeds.

How are you doing?

Kalyn said...

Sounds delicious. I agree with Cynthia that the poppy seeds are a nice touch. I just bought that cookbook and am eagerly waiting for it to arrive in the mail!


very crunchy salad, and beautiful to look at too!

Anonymous said...

This IS the perfect salad. Delicious-looking and healthy.


Ari (Baking and Books) said...

I love crunchy salads too! And this one looks so fresh and satisfying. :)

Kate / Kajal said...

oh how i love a crunchy salad. this loks fantastic, n sooo simple !

Jude said...

recipes written this way are awesome. you should always leave the seasonings "to taste."

Valentina said...

Divya, it was a pleasure. I love these events and it is great to be part of it.

Cynthia, i am doing fine. lovely to see you here. I just loved the little poppy seeds specs

Kalyn,it has some nice salads in it. I hope that you like it as much as I do. ; o )

Mediterranean kiwi, i think that a lovely looking dish is as great as its taste.

Paz, agree. and so quick to put together as well.

Ari, how lovely of you to visit.

Kate, its simplicity was one of the things that attracted me to it.

Jude, seasoning is a very personal thing, don't you think?

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