Cucumber is an excellent item for making various salad dishes. Some people consider this as vegetable whereas some people use it as fruit. It is also very easily available in various parts of this world. In India, during summer we often eat cucumber as a fruit, we also use this fruit as prasad (a religious offering in Hinduism & Sikhism). So whatever you do consider it but in most cases, cucumber becomes an inseparable part of a delicious & healthy salad. In India, we can see a plate of cucumber slices is often offered as a salad. Read this post further to know my experience of discovering Indian style special cucumber salad, haha.
Before I say anything else, I just have remembered one incident what happened in Delhi. I just want to share it with you.
Onion radish & cucumber salad, Delhi and me
It happened few years back, I stepped in a local dhaba and waiting for somebody who will come & take my order. But surprisingly a restaurant person came and offer me a full plate of salad. Normally such plate cost around Rs 15 to Rs 20 in those days at such local dhaba. I said I did not order this. But he did not answer and went back to his work.
I was not touching the plate then after 3-4 minutes somebody came and ask an for order.
But I said “please return this salad first.”
That guy was surprised and asked – “Why, was it not good?”
I said, “I did not order this but still another guy gave it to me.”
Now he said, “No sir, it is free for all our customers.”
I was shocked because that was just a road side dhaba and prices of all foods were very less. I simply did not understand how they were able to manage this. From that day I visited that dhaba almost every week. They sometimes offer simple salad of cucumber, onion 7 radish slices along with salt & lime juice. But sometimes they used to offer spicy cucumber & radish salad when price of onion is too high to offer freely.
Easy cucumber salad recipe
- Cucumber - 2, large
- Olive oil - 1 tsp
- Lime juice - 2 tsp
- Vinegar - 1 tsp, optional
- Roasted cumin - ½ tsp, powder
- Roasted coriander - ½ tsp, powder
- Black pepper - ½ tsp
- Black salt - as needed
- Cut cucumber into thin slices (you can peel skin or leave it as it is)
- Now add all ingredients for salad dressing to a bowl and mix all with a spoon
- Now pour salad dressing on cucumber slices & toss to mix it properly
Cut salad into thin slices, you can use tool to bring curve on cucumber slices.
This easy cucumber salad is very delicious and it does not take too much time, so I often try this in dinner. So if you want to make any Indian style salad at home then follow this recipe and enjoy at home.