Monthly Archives: September 2011

Cucumber Ribbons, Fresh Dill and Orange Salad with a Citrus Dressing

The swivel peeler is handy when preparing cucumber ribbons for this refreshing salad. The citrus dressing is prepared in advance so the flavours infuse together.  Before serving, shave the cucumber into ribbons and gently toss them together with the citrus dressing. When making this salad I like to buy the English cucumbers as they contain fewer seeds and the cucumber ribbons are firmer. Serve this salad with a nice piece of grilled salmon for a delicious healthy meal.

Cucumber Ribbons and Orange Salad with Dill and Citrus Dressing

 Ingredients:

  • 2 oranges, segmented (squeeze juice from remaining pulp and reserve for the dressing)
  • 1 tablespoon of finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons of freshly chopped dill
  • 1/2 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 5 tablespoons virgin olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large cucumbers

Hold the orange over a small bowl while segmenting, to collect any juice that drips from the orange. I like to use a very sharp paring knife when segmenting the orange, so that I end up with neat slices. 

Using a swivel vegetable peeler, shave the cucumber lengthways into neat ribbons.

How to make: Place the red onion, dill, garlic, orange juice, lemon juice, sugar, virgin olive oil into a screw top jar and shake all the ingredients together until combined. Season the citrus dressing with salt and black pepper, set aside until needed. 

Just before serving, trim the ends of the cucumber and shave the cucumber lengthways into ribbons, using a swivel vegetable peeler. Place the cucumber ribbons into a serving bowl with the orange segments and pour over the prepared citrus dressing, gently toss together and serve. Serves 4

 

The Vegetable Peeler

2 vegetable peelers, swivel type

The vegetable peeler is an essential kitchen tool that makes peeling of vegetables and fruits much easier. I like to have at least 3 peelers in my kitchen… somehow on the odd occasion they make their way (unnoticed) into the rubbish bin with the discard peels. The annoying thing is, I only seem to discover this the next time I want to peel something.

A vegetable peeler with a really sharp blade is an essential cooks tool, it should be comfortable to hold, remove the bare minimum of peel (thus hanging on to more precious vitamins), resulting in less wastage. How many of you keep a peeler with a blunt blade? You struggle when peeling your vegetables and fruit and swear that you will go out and buy a new one.

The swivel peeler is a favorite and great for peeling easy cucumber ribbons for salads and  garnishes. Have you ever need soft butter fast?  Take the rock hard butter from the fridge and using the vegetable peeler, shave the butter onto a plate, the butter will soften in minutes. Using your vegetable peeler to sharpen pencils… well I can’t say I recommend that.

 Do you have any tips or other uses for your vegetable peeler?

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