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Cucumber Salad with Pomegranate and Herbs

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cucumber and pomegranate

We have been picking heaps of cucumbers from our garden lately; we have a variety called crystal salad. They are a round shape with firm creamy-yellow skin and white flesh. The crop was slow to start, I think the rain scared all the bees away, but eventually we were picking bucket loads of tasty cucumbers. The sweet basil and mint that are growing so well at the moment are calling to be partnered with these refreshing round fruits. The last of our pomegranates are picked and the seeds that are like little jewels will add a sparkle of red to top off a tasty salad.

Salad

4 round shaped cucumbers

1 shallot finely chopped

¼ cup mint

¼ cup basil

¼ cup of Lebanese cress

1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

I pomegranate


Dressing

1 tbsp Pomegranate molasses

1 tbsp lime juice

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp fresh grated ginger

1 tsp sesame oil

salt to taste


Method

First prepare the dressing, place all of the ingredients in a small bowl and mix well, taste and add salt. Set aside.

Cut the cucumbers in half and scoop out the flesh; be careful to keep the skin intact. (Discard the seeds)

Dice the cucumber flesh and put into a bowl. Add the shallots.

Roughly tear the herbs – mint, basil and Lebanese cress and add to the bowl, stir through the toasted sesame seeds.

Just before serving stir through the dressing, then spoon the salad into the cucumber halves for serving.

Top with the pomegranate seeds and serve.


posted on March 6th, 2011