A simple, summery cucumber salad looks more elegant when the cucumbers are peeled into long strips using a mandoline or a vegetable peeler. Mound the vegetables prettily on a small salad plate or, for maximum effect, serve them in a small clear bowl or glass.
Cucumber, Red Onion and Dill Shaved Salad
2 English cucumbers
1/2 red onion
3 Tbs. chopped fresh dill
2 Tbs. chopped fresh mint
2 Tbs. rice vinegar
1⁄4 cup (2 fl. oz./60 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Using a mandoline or potato peeler, shave cucumbers lengthwise into thin ribbons. Thinly slice the onion. In a bowl, toss the cucumbers and onion with dill, mint, vinegar and olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve at once. Serves 4.
Recipe from Williams-Sonoma Cooking for Friends: Fresh Ways to Entertain with Style, by Alison Attenborough and Jamie Kimm