This version varies from the classic Italian approach of pickled things and cured pork by taking advantage of the delicious cucumbers we’ve got this time of year.
While my favorite cuke is the Kirby, often sold as a pickling cucumber, it’s not available for long. If I can’t get Kirbys, I try to find the short, thin Persian cucumbers, one of the so-called burpless varieties. But even the fat slicers, especially when fresh from a local farm, are better than the tasteless cukes we get in the winter. I usually don’t peel any except the slicers, and I scrape the seeds out of them as well since they can make a salad watery.
From the kitchen
Whisk or Spatula
Make the dressing in the bottom of your salad bowl by stirring together a couple of tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, a tablespoon of Katz sparkling wine vinegar, and about a quarter cup of your favorite Greek-style yogurt (full fat Ellenos for me).
Add a couple of finely chopped garlic cloves and, if you want, a chopped jalapeno.
Slice a few cucumbers lengthwise, then cut those pieces in half before slicing about 1/2 inch thick.
Chop an entire bunch of fresh cilantro. Add the cukes and cilantro to the dressing with a couple of cups of cooked Kokuho Rose rice. Add salt, mix well, and taste.