Prep time: 30 mins Total time: 30 mins
Encase a simple salad in a thin wall of cucumber for a show stopping dish. I saw this presentation on my last business trip. It is moments like this when I realize I am a hopeless foodie – no one at the table cared that their cucumber formed a bowl for their salad – they just dug in and started eating, while I was obsessed with taking it apart so I could duplicate it. Turns out it is quite simple! Even easier if you have a device called a mandolin, but I can also make one long thin ribbon with my vegetable peeler. Practice a bit – after all, it’s just a cucumber!
One English or Hothouse Cucumber – the ones that are long and wrapped in plastic
Yellow teardrop tomatoes
Dried cranberries or cherries
Toasted pecans – microwave 90 seconds in small dish to toast nicely
Strawberry Vinaigrette (recipe in Sauces, Salsas, & Dressings)
or if making your own dressing intimidates you, use Newmans Own Lite Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette
Slice the cucumber in half lengthwise – carefully make thin strips the length of the entire cucumber. When you form it into the round it must overlap itself by at least an inch so it will stick together.
Toss the baby greens with the Strawberry Vinaigrette – fill your cucumber bowl, top with the nuts and dried fruit, and serve immediately.
Serving size: Makes as many individual salads as you have guests
Recipe by Bariatric Eating at http://www.bariatriceating.com/2011/10/cucumber-wrapped-salad/