This recipe is very similar to the one I learned from my mum. I used apple cider vinegar and a mix of chopped fresh and dried dill. I seasoned with salt and pepper when I added the vinegar and dill. My mum would salt the cucumber and onions first and let them sit in a sieve for about 15-30 minutes then squeeze out the excess water before transferring to a serving bowl and adding the dressing. Doing it the way it says in the recipe just cuts about a half hour of prep time, the result is the same. Yummy! To give the salad a bit more color I also added a bit of thinly sliced red bell pepper. Another option is to also add some cherry tomatoes, crumbled feta cheese and olives. The salad goes from Hungarian to Greek!
1 small red onion, sliced 1 small green pepper seeded and thinly sliced 1 Tbs celery seed 1 cups sugar 1 cup white vinegar 2 large cucumbers 1 cup of water 1 clove of garlic, minced 3 Tbs of sugar 2 Tbs of 10% white vinegar sweet paprika powder (to sprinkle) ground black pepper (to sprinkle) Salt and black pepper to taste
1 - In a large serving bowl, combine the cucumbers, onion and green pepper.
2 - Sprinkle with salt and celery seed.
3 - Combine the sugar and vinegar; pour over cucumber mixture.
4 - Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours
5 - Peel the cucumbers and, using a mandolin slicer, slice both cucumbers as thinly as possible into a bowl. Add the salt and mix the cucumbers slices to lightly and evenly coat them. Let sit for 30 minutes to draw out the water from the cucumbers.
6 - The cucumbers will release about ½+ cup of liquid. Then, take large handfuls of cucumbers and, with your hands clenched, squeeze out as much liquid as you can and place the balls of squeezed cucumbers in a bowl. Discard the liquid.
7 - In a cup, combine the sugar, the vinegar, and the water and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add this mixture to the squeezed cucumbers and mix thoroughly. Add the chopped garlic, sprinkle with paprika powder and ground black pepper.
8 - The vinaigrette is so light and refreshing, that you will be tempted to drink it after you eat the cucumber salad.