This is a refreshing little salad. There’s something about the colour green that’s refreshing to the eye, and it’s a nice change from the usual green salad leaves. I scooped out the seeds of the cucumber because they were quite large, but I don’t think I’ll be so fussy about that next time as the seeds didn’t detract from the flavour or texture. This is just as delicious as my French-style carrot salad. It’s a toss-up which is best!
Cucumber and Seedless Grapes Salad
1 large cucumber
1 teaspoon flaked or kosher sea salt
A pinch of garlic powder
About 15 seedless grapes, sliced in half
2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons minced chives, ½ mixed in and ½ for garnish
Peel and slice the cucumber into quarters lengthwise.. Scoop out the seeds, and discard the seeds (optional). Slice into ½-inch chunks, and then place them in a large bowl, and sprinkle with the salt. Toss to distribute the salt evenly. Let sit for 45-minutes. The salt draws the moisture out of the cucumbers. After 45-minutes, rinse off the salt, drain the cucumbers, and pat dry.
Mix the cucumbers, garlic powder, grapes, ½ of the chopped chives, olive oil, and vinegar together in a large bowl and add more salt to taste. Sprinkle with a bit of pepper or chilli flakes, if you’re feel adventurous. Garnish with remaining chives and serve cold.