Crunchalicious. That's the best way to describe this summer's pickling cucumbers, cukes as we like to call them. Although they are mostly used for pickling, they also add crunch to a salad or vege tray. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil vinaigrette or a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar over a sliced cuke for a delicious, low calorie side. Dill is a great herb to compliment the flavor of cukes.
When shopping for cukes look for firmness and a good green color. Don't be scared off by whitish or light green spots - that's normal. You don't want cukes that are withered or shriveled, dull or yellowed, or soft. That's a sign that they've been picked a while, or left on the vine too long. Cukes will stay fresh for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. So, head on out to the market and stock up for the week.