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Cucumber Margarita

Cucumbers slices

By Barbara Beltrami

It may not be a popsicle or a slushy or an ice cold beer, but as veggies go, a cucumber(especially an English one) is, as the cliche goes, really cool. Put a slice or two in whatever your preferred hydration source is, be it a martini or spring water; use a few slices to soothe puffy eyes or a sunburn. Or make the cucumber the main ingredient of a salad, soup or refreshing drink. It marries well with citrus, yogurt, cream and herbs, especially dill, as you will see from the following recipes.

Cucumber-Dill Salad

YIELD: Makes 4 servings


1 large English cucumber

3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon sugar

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Half a Vidalia onion, thinly sliced and broken into rings

1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped

2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives


Peel and slice cucumber into paper-thin discs. In a large bowl combine the vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Whisk vigorously, then add cucumber, onion, dill and chives and toss thoroughly to coat. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours or serve at room temperature with pumpernickel bread and unsalted butter.

Cold Cucumber Soup with Lobster

YIELD: Makes 8 servings


Two 16-ounce containers Greek yogurt

1 1/4 cups light cream

3 English cucumbers, unpeeled and chopped

3/4 cup chopped red onion

8 scallions, both white and green parts sliced

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

1/4 cup chopped fresh dill

2/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 pound cooked lobster meat, cut into bite-size pieces

8 cucumber slices, for garnish


In a large bowl combine the yogurt, cream, cucumbers, onion, scallions, salt and pepper; transfer in batches to a food processor and process until it has the consistency of a coarse puree. Transfer to another bowl and when all batches have been processed, stir in the dill; cover and refrigerate until very cold, 2 to 3 hours. Just before serving stir in the lemon juice and sprinkle with lobster pieces.  Garnish with cucumber slices before serving.

Cucumber Raita

YIELD: Makes about 4 cups


2 cups plain Greek yogurt

2 cups grated unpeeled English cucumber

1 garlic clove, minced

Leaves from 4 sprigs fresh mint, finely chopped

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

2 tablespoons raisins


In a large bowl thoroughly whisk the yogurt until it’s creamy and smooth; add the cucumber, garlic, mint, salt and pepper and raisins; stir, cover and chill. Serve with curry or any spicy grilled meat or poultry.

Cucumber Margarita

Cucumber Margarita


YIELD: Makes 2 cocktails


1 wedge or slice of lime

Coarse salt

3 ounces tequila

1 teaspoon orange liqueur

3 ounces key lime juice

1/2 cup peeled and seeded chopped cucumber

2 tablespoons sugar

6 cilantro leaves, chopped

2 dashes Tabasco sauce

6 ice cubes

2 cucumber slices


Wipe the rims of two margarita glasses with the lime, then dip the rims in a shallow dish of coarse salt. In a blender combine the tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, chopped cucumber, sugar, cilantro, Tabasco sauce and ice cubes; blend for one minute, then immediately pour into prepared glasses and garnish with cucumber slices. Serve with chips.