CUCUMBER SALAD WITH DILL AND SOUR CREAM (for two)
The phrase “as cool as a cucumber” was first noted in the poem “A New Song” by English poet and playwright John Gay in 1732.
2 cucumbers (3/4 pound), peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded and cut diagonally into ¼ inch slices
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup sour cream
1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar, or to taste
1 small onion, chopped fine
1 tablespoon snipped fresh dill
2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
freshly ground black pepper to taste
soft-leaved lettuce for lining the plates
1. In a bowl toss the cucumbers with the salt and let them stand for 20 minutes.
2. In a bowl whisk together the sour cream, vinegar, onion and dill. Drain the cucumbers in a colander, rinse them under cold water and pat them dry. Stir in the cucumbers, eggs, pepper and salt to taste and combine the salad well.
3. Line 2 chilled salad plates with lettuce and divide the salad between them