Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Is That a Cucumber in Your Pasta?

Why, yes. Yes it is. I recommend this salad for your next picnic because it:
1. Tastes like refrigerator pickles.
2. Can be made way ahead of time.
3. Makes a lot.
4. Can become a complete meal with the addition of shredded chicken.
5. Has no mayonnaise,
6. And therefore no food poisoning!
7. Is egg free!
8. Could be made gluten free with gluten-free pasta!
9. Uses up one of the cucumbers lurking in your fridge!

Cool Cucumber Pasta (adapted from my friend's mother-in-law's recipe)

16 oz. penne pasta
1 T. olive oil
1 medium cucumber, unpeeled and thinly sliced
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
3/4 cup white vinegar
1 T. prepared mustard
1 T. fresh dill, chopped
1 tsp. each salt and pepper

Cook pasta according to package directions. Do not overcook. Drain and rinse in cold water. Place pasta in a large bowl. Stir in the oil, cucumbers, and onions. Combine the remaining ingredients and pour over the salad. Toss. Cover and chill for at least four hours--overnight is best. Stir occasionally.


  1. Mmm. My Grandma used to make a salad like that!

  2. The post title had me laughing out loud. Hehehehehe...

  3. Oh thank you for this recipe. I'll add this to the menu for Alysa's party in December. I always try at least one new recipe each party! :)

  4. A few nights ago I came across your blog(I think from a SouleMama comment.) Anyways, I made this salad for my family today and they loved it. It was such a refreshing, lite, summer salad. It's delicious.