Volunteering at the library is a lot like extra curricular activities in high school, there’s always a bake sale. Although, to be fair, the library is doing it with a little more flair. It’s the library fashion show luncheon. And since it’s fashion – the luncheon is salad! So I have to bring in two salads … the first is a bean salad.
Basically, I opened some cans , mixed some oil and vinegar with some sugar and poured it over the beans. Now that’s my kind of cooking!
But that’s not gurkensalat, and that you do have to put a tad of effort into. Germans like a salad that requires a tinge of labor.
Here’s my bowl of gurkens!
Yup, gurken is German for cucumber. So here’s what you do:
Peel and slice 4 big cucumbers – and slice them as thin as you can.
Spread 2 teaspoons of salt over your cucumbers, and mix it in there really really good. Then cover and put in the fridge for 1 hour…
Hey, our hour is up!
Now it’s time to drain the cucumbers – the salt pulled out all the extra liquid. Thanks salt!
Then put the cucumbers in your fancy fashion show luncheon bowl. The recipe calls for onions. I don’t like onions, so I don’t usually put them in, but this isn’t about me is it? I had some left over from the bean salad. So I threw some in, usually I don’t.
Now mix up the “dressing” You’re going to need 1 1/2 cups of sour cream, 1/2 cup of vinegar, and throw in 1/2 teaspoon of pepper … you can use any kind of vinegar, but I use Salata – which I have to order by the case and share with my Mom. We likes our German vinegar.
Boy that looks gross! Trust me, it gets better! When you have it all nice and creamy, dump it on your cucumbers.
Mix, mix, mix some more!
Trust me, DELISH! Pop it in the fridge to serve the next day after everything has mixed in and absorbed and gotten all yummified! Serve cold – and it’s great with anything you’d serve at a cookout .. especially steak!