Refrigerator Cucumber Salad

 My marathon cooking has begun for the 200 guest event I volunteered to cater for this weekend.  An appetizer that is always a big hit is my Asian meatballs served on this cucumber salad.  I made the meatballs weeks ago and froze them and I made the cucumbers this morning.  They should be made several days in advance to let the flavors blend. 

Bring 2 cups of white vinegar and 1-1/2 cups of white sugar to a boil along with 1 tablespoon of salt, 1 tsp. of celery seeds and 1 tsp. of red pepper flakes.  Boil just until the sugar dissolves and remove it from the heat.  Throw in 2 cups of ice cubes and let this mixture cool.

Thinly slice 4 cucumbers and 1 red onion.  It is best to use a mandolin to do this.

 Pack the cucumber and onion alternately in a glass jar.  I added some garlic cloves and some fresh dill too.

 Pour the liquid over the cucumbers.

Put a lid on the jar and refrigerate until ready to use.  These are good all by themselves too.


Anonymous said…
so pretty and what a lovely jar,

I must say,,, you are a very brave woman to take on 200 person event for catering, oh my gosh, but if anyone can do it you can, that I know for certain,
I will try this as soon as I get my hands on a cucumber - I love pickled cucumbers!
I hope your marathon cooking goes well. Catering for 200 people sounds like an enormous task. That cucumber salad looks good. Love the jar too.
Susan said…
So, Jaz, what do you do in your spare time? Providing you have any, of course! I love cucumber salads. This would be great to make and just keep in the fridge for lunches (and breakfasts and dinners...)
Robin Larkspur said…
I am definitely going to try the cucumber recipe!
Kay said…
You are totally amazing! That cucumber dish is called namasu and my mom makes it for us. We do love it.

200 people??? Yikes!
Nellie said…
Very tasty, I'm sure! We've done large events in the past - over 30 years ago, actually. The key is planning ahead, and you've done that!
Guillaume said…
Funny, I don't think about cucumbers as salad. IN a salad yes, but not as the main thing. I might enjoy them more as a salad.
Barb said…
I love cucumber salad. That one looks very good.