Cucumber Salad And Wild Rice Salad

Thursday, June 04, 2009

One of the great things about Summer is making all the cold salads.

Cucumber salad is easy - all you do is take a cucumber, slice it into medium-thickness slices, and arrange those on a paper towel-lined plate:

...then you cover the cucumbers with another layer or paper towels, put a dish on top, and weight it down with something. All this goes into the refrigerator for several hours or overnight to draw out the extra moisture:

The cucumber gets chopped up (I just have to say that when the cucumber comes out of the refrigerator, the paper towels that have been soaking up the extra water have the most wonderful fresh cucumber smell!):

Into the bowl goes a tablespoon of room-temperature cream cheese, a tbsp of sour cream, and a tbsp of mayonnaise.
Chop up some dill, add it, and it's the perfect filling for tea sandwiches or a summery dip for little crackers!

This is wild rice salad and it's nice and a little different. And just like things should be in the Summer, super-easy and fast. It's just a box of wild rice, cooked:

...with a 6oz. jar of drained artichoke hearts (broken up a bit, too), two scallions cut up (green and white part), and a cup of roughly-chopped pecans:

It's actually good just like that, but if you add a small dollop of mayonnaise, that makes it:

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