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Cucumber Salad with Gin Dressing

This recipe is from Tekesha's "the eat more food project" blog. Tekesha wants to eat more "real" and healthy food and most of her recipes are low in sugar. Check out this recipe and more on her blog: http://www.eatmorefoodproject.com/

"I generally think it is total bollocks when people describe tasting the various “notes” in wine and spirits. I never seem to pick up that “hint of burnt pineapple”, lol. Until I came across the most magnificent local gin, Hat Trick Extraordinarily Fine Botanical Gin made by High Wire Distillery here in Charleston, SC. It was a revelation to actuallyreally taste the bouquet of flavors. We went through the bottle much too quickly to save some for a recipe, but it did get me thinking about experimenting with bringing the cucumber flavor to the forefront and dialing back the gin in something edible. I settled on this salad. You have to like the taste of gin to enjoy this, as we are not cooking it off. This is basically a drink you can eat. And that sounds just about right for my birthday today!"

 

AuthorKatharina Tompert
DifficultyBeginner
Yields1 Serving
Prep Time15 minsCook Time1 hrTotal Time1 hr 15 mins
 1 large hothouse cucumber (or 2 regular cucumbers), sliced
 3 small campari tomatoes, cut into wedges
 ¼ cup gin (I used some Tanqueray I had around the house)
 juice from 1 orange
 ½ cup olive oil
 1 tsp dried basil
 salt and pepper
1

Layer cucumber slices on a small platter.

2

Top with tomato wedges.

3

Sprinkle with a generous amount of pepper.

4

In a lidded carafe or bottle, combine gin, orange juice, olive oil, basil and a pinch of salt and pepper.

5

Shake vigorously until the mixture turns thick.
Pour the mixture over the cucumbers and tomatoes.

6

Chill for one hour.

I like to serve this with some sliced roast chicken as a light lunch on a warm day.

Ingredients

 1 large hothouse cucumber (or 2 regular cucumbers), sliced
 3 small campari tomatoes, cut into wedges
 ¼ cup gin (I used some Tanqueray I had around the house)
 juice from 1 orange
 ½ cup olive oil
 1 tsp dried basil
 salt and pepper

Directions

1

Layer cucumber slices on a small platter.

2

Top with tomato wedges.

3

Sprinkle with a generous amount of pepper.

4

In a lidded carafe or bottle, combine gin, orange juice, olive oil, basil and a pinch of salt and pepper.

5

Shake vigorously until the mixture turns thick.
Pour the mixture over the cucumbers and tomatoes.

6

Chill for one hour.

I like to serve this with some sliced roast chicken as a light lunch on a warm day.

Cucumber Salad with Gin Dressing

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