How’s your garden doing? Overrun with cucumbers and zucchini squash yet?
Whether the veggies are from your garden or a local farmers’ market, now is a great time to get pickling! If you’ve never made pickles before, don’t worry. These refrigerator pickles are a breeze to make.
The best part of making your own pickles is getting creative with flavors. Not that I did, but you could. For a zucchini batch, I added lemon zest and lemongrass. Fun, yes? I basically want to pickle everything now.
Zucchini or Cucumber Quick Pickles
1 cup water
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup thinly sliced onion
1/4 cup sugar
A few sprigs of fresh dill
2 or 3 medium zucchini squash or cucumbers, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon salt
Place cucumber/zucchini slices in a colander over a bowl to catch excess liquid. Sprinkle with salt; stir to combine. Let stand for 30 minutes. Rinse, drain and blot slices until mostly dry.
In a large microwave safe cup or bowl, combine water, apple cider vinegar, onion, sugar, and dill. Heat for about 1 minute 30 seconds to 2 minutes, until sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally. Let vinegar mixture cool slightly before pouring over cucumber/zucchini slices. Refrigerate for several hours before serving. Pickles stay good for a week or so stored in the fridge.
Still here? Today’s Let’s Lunch on twitter features Farmers’ Market Dishes. Check out the freshly grown posts rounded up by Cheryl Tan from A Tiger in the Kitchen. Or use the hashtag #LetsLunch on twitter to see what’s cropped up.
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Lisa‘s Eveleigh Farmers’ Market (in Australia!) Winter Salad at Monday Morning Cooking Club
Lucy‘s Sweet Auburn Curb Market (in Atlanta!) Tomato Gravy at A Cook and Her Books
Nancie‘s Carrboro, N.C., Farmers’ Market Vegetable Plate “Nicoise” with Spoonbread at Nancie McDermott
Patricia‘s Kim-Chi-Style Corn at The Asian Grandmother’s Cookbook
Renee‘s Sweet and Sour Salad at My Kitchen and I