|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 4 to 6|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 16g||21%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||11%|
|Total Carbohydrate 7g||3%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||6%|
|Total Sugars 4g|
|Vitamin C 16mg||82%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Whether you grow cucumbers in your garden or purchase them from the market, this refreshing vegetable is an ideal ingredient for a summer salad. This Spanish cucumber salad, called ensalada de pepino, combines cucumbers with tomatoes and red onion and dresses it simply with red wine vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, and salt.
The perfect last-minute recipe, all that is needed to prepare this salad is peeling and slicing the cucumber, cutting the tomatoes, and slicing the onion. A sprinkling of salt and a drizzle of vinegar and oil finishes it off. It is common to sprinkle cool water into the salad or to put ice cubes in the bowl if it is a very hot day. Either way, the cold water mixes with the oil and vinegar, making more dressing—great to dip bread in.
Although this Spanish salad doesn't need any embellishment, it is delicious with a handful of fresh cilantro or parsley or pitted manzanilla olives; you can also toss in some shaved manchego cheese. Serve ensalada de pepino with other Spanish dishes such as fried anchovies, Spanish beans and rice, paella, barbecued ribs, and chicken in paprika sauce.
2 medium cucumbers
2 medium tomatoes
1/2 medium red onion
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
2 to 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
6 to 7 tablespoons Spanish extra-virgin olive oil
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Peel the cucumbers with a vegetable peeler or knife. Slice into rounds about 1/8-inch wide.
Cut each tomato into 8 pieces.
Thinly slice the red onion into rings; then, cut the rings in half.
Place the vegetables in a serving bowl. Sprinkle approximately 1/2 teaspoon of salt over the top.
Pour 2 tablespoons of the vinegar and 6 tablespoons of olive oil over the vegetables. Toss the salad and taste; add more vinegar, oil, and salt if needed.
What type of cucumber is Best for this salad?
When using cucumbers in salads it is best to choose a variety that does not have a lot of seeds running through the middle. English (also called Hothouse) cucumbers are ideal because they are considered seedless; they are often sold in plastic wrapping and can be a little pricy. You can use American slicing cucumbers, but they do contain seeds and have a waxy exterior, which is why peeling is recommended.
This recipe is best when tomatoes are in season, so they are red and juicy with great texture. If you are making this salad in the colder months and can't find beautiful tomatoes, you can use grape or cherry and add them whole or halved.
Although this recipe is of Spanish origin, it does cross over many different cultures and cuisines, so you should feel free to add other ingredients such as feta cheese, Kalamata olives, avocado, fresh mint, and red pepper flakes.