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Easy Cucumber Salad (Krastavica Salata)

Shared by: Vesa
Recipe origin: Macedonia

Nothing could be more refreshing than a crisp cucumber salad – perfect for Australia’s sticky and humid summer days.

Served as a pre-meal appetiser with a ‘rakija’ if you so desire, or simply in place of a garden salad with whatever you’re having for lunch or dinner, I could easily eat this salad every night of the week during summer, and the beauty of it is that it only takes a few minutes to whip up.

The secret to a really good salad is super fresh and cold cucumbers, old and rubbery ones that are served at room temperature just don’t seem to have the same impact. The cucumbers I often use are from my mum’s veggie garden, they’re a long white fruit with thin skin that doesn’t require peeling (although I prefer them peeled), I think the variety is called ‘Armenian cucumbers’. You can also use nice fresh Lebanese cucumbers as most supermarkets don’t seem to stock the Armenian variety.



Serves 4

2 large cucumbers, peeled and sliced into thin rounds
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar (or to taste)
Sea salt to taste

1) In a bowl add sliced cucumber, oil, vinegar and salt. Toss to dress evenly and serve immediately.


– Use fresh cucumbers that are stored in the fridge.

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5 Comments  |   Add a comment

  1. Bill

    This is a great summer salad but try it with just cucumbers thinning sliced add sour cream.

  2. Village Feast

    Sounds yummy, great suggestion Bill :)

  3. Bianka

    I made this the other day; the flavour, juice and CRUNCH of home grown cues are the best.
    (I used to add fresh crushed garlic…great if I don’t have an appointment the next day :)

  4. George

    Love your web site and the recipes
    But it is spelled krastavica
    I suspect you are from Bitola
    In Macedonian it is KRASTAVICA
    Otherwise great work

  5. VillageCook

    Thanks for the correction George. Yep, you’re right, Bitola, or perhaps Capari is to blame for my spelling…

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