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Celery & Cucumber Salad w/mint

July 24, 2010

Cucumber & celery salad with Seared Scallops

This is a great simple salad that is especially refreshing in the summer time and can be put together in about five minutes. All you need is:

–       Celery

–       Cucumber

–       Mint

–       Lemon

–       Olive Oil

–       Salt

–       Parmesan style cheese or feta (optional)

Wash and dry your celery stalks. Shave the celery into thin pieces with your knife. I like to cut them at about a 45 degree angle to make the pieces a bit longer. You’ll want about half a handful per person you are serving. If you can get fresh English, Kirby or heirloom cucumbers you can slice them with the peel still on and the seeds in-tact. If you have standard slicing cumbers the peels and seeds should be removed. You can use a vegetable peeler or just remove the peel with you knife, and the seeds can be taken our with a soup spoon. Slice the cucumber into rounds or half moons and add in about equal parts to the celery. Now tear or slice some fresh mint leaves into to bowl. Add a light drizzle of olive oil, a few drops of fresh lemon and a pinch of salt and toss everything together. The salad should be dressed lightly and have a nice vibrant flavor. The mixture of lemon, mint and cucumber make this a wonderful salad on a hot summer day. Never be afraid to add extra salt or dressing if it seems like it needs it. You can also add some shaved parmesan or crumbled feta to finish. The cheese will react with the citrus and give the dressing a slightly creamy feel.  Have it by itself or as a side with chicken, lamb or fish.

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