I love a good salad and I often enjoy a cucumber salad, especially during the late Spring and Summer months when cucumbers are plentiful here in the northeast. With that said, I've never enjoyed a cucumber salad that also included orange segments but now that I've seen this recipe, it's definitely on my must-try list!
This recipe is courtesy of the great folks over at Gaea, the makers of fine and gourmet olive oils. You can visit their web site to learn more about the company, their products and to pick up additional recipes. The recipe will make 4 servings.
6 small cucumbers
1/2 cup Gaea Sitia Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Juice of 1 lemon
Fresh ground black pepper
Fresh ground pink pepper
2 large oranges
1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary
1 Tbsp. fresh oregano
1 Tbsp. fresh thyme
1 Tbsp. fresh mint
Wash cucumber and oranges well. Peel oranges, remove white membrane and cut fresh in thin slices. Thinly slice cucumber with a mandolin. Combine salt and two kinds of pepper in glass or stainless steel bowl and add lemon juice. Slowly add olive oil while stirring constantly with wire whisk. Combine dressing with orange slices and fresh herbs.
To serve: Arrange cucumbers in dishes and pour over prepared dressing. Sprinkle with a little coarse salt.