Monday, September 2, 2013

Simple Salad with Persian Cucumbers

We love cucumbers at are house. They are packed with nutrition, are refreshing, and delicious. Technically, cucumbers are a fruit eaten as a vegetable. They are part of the gourd family. There are only a few main varieties of cucumbers you can find at the market, pickling, slicing, and burpless. Within these categories, there are a variety of cucumbers grown, one being the Persian Cucumber. The Persian Cucumber is a mini, seedless, and slightly sweet cucumber. It holds more water than most cucumber varieties and is able to stay considerably cooler inside. “The small the cucumber the sweeter the taste”. Persian Cucumbers are a great addition to any salad.

Ingredients:
1-2 Persian Cucumbers (tips cut off, and chopped into small pieces)
1 large handful of mini Heirloom tomatoes (chopped in halves)
1 ripe avocado (peeled, stoned, and chopped into pieces)
1 large handful of micro herbs (micro herbs are mixed sprouts that have grown to maturity)
1 handful edamame beans peeled (optional)
1-2 T hemp seeds
approx. 1 T of your favorite dried herbs (I used Bragg’s Sea Kelp Delight Seasoning)
drizzle to taste Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (or you can substitute with Nama Shoyu, or your favorite light raw dressing)

Preparation:
Place all the ingredients into a bowl and give a good toss, it’s ready to serve.