Saturday, February 9, 2013
One thing I rarely do is to seed a cucumber. I have been told it's best to remove the seeds as they taste bitter, or they cause indigestion or they cause the salad to become watery.
In all honesty I have never found the seeds to be bitter tasting, nor have I gotten an upset stomach after eating them. I do agree they can add an extra quantity of liquid to a dish but this isn't usually an issue for me, especially in this type of salad.
1 large cucumber
3 tomatoes (about 1 lb)
small handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
juice from 1/2 lime or more to taste
salt and freshly cracked pepper
Wash and peel the cucumber if it has a lot of wax coating it. Cut into small dice and place into a non reactive bowl.
Wash and dice the tomatoes. Add the tomatoes and chopped cilantro to the bowl as well.
Dribble the olive oil over the salad and start off with a small amount to freshly squeezed lime juice as well as a bit of salt and pepper. Toss the salad and adjust the quantities of lime, salt and pepper until you are happy with the balance and taste.
Allow to the salad to sit for a few minutes or more before serving. This gives the flavours a chance to meld a bit.