Stuffed Cucumber Salad

For a person who has an insane passion for all things food, many find it incredibly surprising that I own very few cookbooks. I have 4 books, pertaining to food!

And this is even more surprising for those who know that reading is my biggest hobby, one that I share in equal measure with my boys. But whilst we have a huge collection of other books, I have never found myself wanting any cookbooks.

But I find that slowly changing now; guess the passion is becoming an obsession and I do gravitate towards the food section every time I am in a bookstore now. The cookbooks that fascinate me the most are ones from the yesteryears; most of these do not have any amazing photography, exotic ingredients or cooking styles. But these books do have a wealth of information and stays true to the writer’s background, culture and tradition.

And one of the best places to find such treasures is at my local Red Cross charity shop. One man’s waste is another’s treasure! You can find me at least once a month here and I come home laden with vintage props, table cloths, cookbooks etc… You will find things here that are impossible to come across in a regular store and at such incredibly low prices.

One of my favourite cookbooks that I purchased from here is Marguerite Patten’s 1000 Favourite Recipes (and shhh, the book just costed me a dollar!)

A thousand recipes…….and that’s where this stuffed cucumber salad comes from.

This stuffed cucumber salad is the perfect canapé for your spring/summer party. It is easy to make, refreshing, delicious, looks pretty and stylish too.

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I made a few changes to the originally outlined recipe and created my stuffing using boiled eggs, tomatoes, feta, parsley and chives. Pick out the freshest cucumbers that you can find and go for ones with slightly thicker skins so that it holds shape. And to get a contrasting look, I peeled the skin of the cucumber in an alternate fashion.

So let’s get to making stuffed cucumber salad – refreshing crunchy cucumber slices filled with soft mashed eggs, tangy sweet tomatoes, salty creamy feta and fresh herbs.

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Ingredients:

1. 1 large, thick (not the overripe ones) cucumber
2. Salt, to season
3. Freshly milled black pepper, to season
4. 1 tbsp lemon juice
5. For the filling;
• 2 boiled eggs
• 1 tomato, blanched, skinned and chopped finely
• 2 tbsp feta cheese
• 1 tbsp parsley, chopped
• 1 tbsp chives, chopped
• 1 tbsp mayonnaise

Method:

1. Peel the cucumber skin in alternate strips as shown in the picture. This is not mandatory but adds to the visual appeal of the finished dish.
2. Cut the cucumber into thick circles; scoop out the seeded part in the centre leaving just a thin layer at the bottom to hold the stuffing.
3. Season the cucumber slices with salt, pepper and lemon juice. This also helps to draw out the excess water and firms up the cucumber a bit.
4. To prepare the filling, mix the eggs, tomatoes, herbs, mayonnaise and then sprinkle in the feta. Mix well to form a creamy texture; if you think the mixture is runny, then add more eggs or cheese to firm it up.
5. To assemble, line the cucumber pieces, fill with the stuffing and garnish with chives. Place in a platter and refrigerate till serving time.

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11 thoughts on “Stuffed Cucumber Salad

  1. Kim Spiteri August 22, 2016 at 1:15 am Reply

    The taste of these sounds amazing, what a delicious flavour combo.
    I love the idea of these and with it warming up (slowly) here, its certainly a good recipe to have on hand. Thanks for linking up to Your Weekly Feed.

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    • vanyadhanya August 22, 2016 at 9:52 am Reply

      Isnt it really gorgeous? Such a pretty canape for a summer party; thanks Kim

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  2. Shari from GoodFoodWeek August 20, 2016 at 11:54 pm Reply

    These are super cute and a great gluten free canape.

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    • vanyadhanya August 21, 2016 at 4:38 am Reply

      Indeed, everytime I make it for a party…it makes a wow factor

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  3. RecipeTin (@Recipe_Tin) May 18, 2016 at 1:17 am Reply

    I’m thinking of making something out of cucumber and I guess this is a good recipe to try! 🙂

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  5. sarahjmir September 25, 2014 at 12:48 am Reply

    This looks so so good!

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  6. Anjana @ At The Corner Of Happy & Harried September 24, 2014 at 2:41 pm Reply

    Oh, I am so like you with cookbooks. I have maybe 4 and 3 of them were gifted to me! I was just thinking that I must really start collecting cookbooks now that I am…ahem.. a food-blogger!

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    • vanyadhanya September 25, 2014 at 12:24 am Reply

      I know but I guess that’s another myth about blogging. Well, like I said, I am interested now in collecting books but mostly ones with gives me an insight into the culture and traditions of the region too

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