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Danish Cucumber Salad

Salad, Side Dish, Appetizer, Sandwich Topping — You Will Love this Simple and Easy Recipe!

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If you have enjoyed a Danish Smörgåsbord (or Swedish, for that matter) you have probably noticed a multitude of small serving dishes with little pickles of all kinds, red cabbage (rødkål, see Oda’s recipe here), peas and carrots, cucumbers, pickled beets, and other items. These can be enjoyed as toppings for open-faced sandwiches (smørrebrød), or as a small side dish. The Danes use them as  Americans use cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving. These tasty sides are not reserved for holidays, but are everyday kind of dishes. They add such a pop of color and taste to many meals, and I love them!

The Lassen family loves to have dinners together, and when we make the assignment list,  Cucumber Salad is nearly always included.  This is one of my favorite Danish recipes, and also one of the simplest. It adds a great flair and pop of flavor to basic meals and fancy ones alike. Oda, our founder, taught me how to make this salad, and when she and Hilmar downsized their living space, I inherited her Bosch Mixer with the slicing and grating attachments. I used it to slice the cucumbers for this post!

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Oda’s Danish Cucumber Salad

Serves 4

You’ll Need:

  • 1 organic English Cucumber, or 4 Persian Cucumbers (please see *note for special instructions if only regular cucumbers are available)
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup unbleached sugar — you could also use agave syrup, or any other sweetener if desired
  • 3 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

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Instructions:

  • Wash and dry the cucumbers. English and Persian cucumbers do not need to be peeled.
  • *Regular cucumbers have thicker skins. When that’s all that’s available, I partially peel the cucumbers so that a little bit of skin remains. This adds great color and a bit more crunch. If the regular cucumbers have tough seeds, I cut them in half lengthwise and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds.
  • Slice the cucumbers very thinly. If you do not have a food processor or other tool, you can use the side of a box grater — there’s a handy slicer there.
  • Place the slices in a strainer over a bowl, and then sprinkle generously with salt.
  • Stir the cucumbers so that the salt is blended in.
  • Mix the sugar and vinegar in a small bowl, and stir to dissolve.
  • Let sit for about 15 minutes. You’ll see lots of juice under the strainer

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  • With clean hands, squeeze as much moisture as possible out of the cucumbers.
  • Drain and wipe the bowl, then return the cucumbers
  • Pour the sugar and vinegar over the cucumbers, and stir to coat. 
  • Let the salad sit for another 10 minutes or so, mixing occassionally. 
  • Add pepper and salt to taste
  • Serve! We like to provide small dishes on the side of each plate for this salad, since there is a lot of juice.

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This salad will last several days in the refrigerator. 

Enjoy this taste of Denmark, straight from the Lassen home!

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Cool Summer Drinks–Healthy and Easy!

It’s Not All About Soda

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You can see I had to drink some of them!  And I ate a few grapes, too!
This morning I whipped up these babies–perfect for some hot summer afternoons!

So Different and Delicious!

I am not much of a juice drinker–I love my ice water–but for these I will make an exception.  Pure ingredients, healthy, fresh–Absolutely no guilt here!  

No Juicer Required!

I made these delicious drinks with just a blender, so let’s get started.
 
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Rosemary Cucumber Limeade

You will need:

  • 3 large organic cucumbers
  • 2 TBSP chopped fresh organic rosemary, plus four springs for garnish  (This recipe could also be made with fresh organic mint or basil, for a different taste sensation!)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup fresh organic lime juice
  • 3+ TBSP organic Agave Syrup (to taste)
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Score a cucumber lengthwise with a fork.  This will give your decorative slices a finished look.  Then cut 12 thin slices of cucumber for garnish.

 

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Peel and chop the rest of the cucumbers, place in your blender, along with the chopped fresh rosemary. 

 

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Puree until there are no chunks and the rosemary is well incorporated.  You’ll need to stop the blender and scrape down the sides.

 

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Pour the puree into a fine-mesh strainer which has been set over a bowl.  

 

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Push the solids a bit to get the juice into the bowl.  If you like a very clear juice, use cheesecloth.  I like more solids, so I pushed quite a bit through the strainer.

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Squeeze the limes until you have 1/2 cup, then add the lime juice, the water, and the agave syrup to the cucumber/rosemary juice. 

 

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 Taste and add more agave if you’d like.
Fill four glasses half-way with ice, then pour 1/4 of juice into each glass.  Garnish with cucumber slices and a spring of rosemary.  

Make your own soda with healthy ingredients?  Yes!  

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Fresh Grape Soda

You’ll Need:

  • 4 Cups of organic seedless red grapes, washed and stemmed, plus more for garnish
  • 2 TBSP fresh organic lemon juice
  • 2 TBSP organic honey
  • 2 cups mineral water (I used Voss Sparkling Water)
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Wash and stem the grapes, and then puree in a blender until fine.  Pour the puree into a strainer, which has been placed over a medium bowl.  Press on the solids to extract the juice.  
 
 
 
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Add the lemon juice and the honey, and stir well until the honey is well incorporated.  
 
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Add the sparkling water, and mix.  Pour the mixture into four, ice-filled glasses, and garnish with a small bunch of grapes.
 
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Drink Some Fruits and Vegetables Today!

Have a great summer, and enjoy these delicious, healthy, and easy drinks!
 
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Lassen’s