Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Cucumber Sandwiches and Salad-on-a-Stick

We set records yesterday with heat.  Although it is not suppose to be as hot today, I’m in no mood to cook.  I’m sharing some great no cook ideas I found for your lunch today.  

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches 

I love cucumber sandwiches.  These are a little fancier than the cream cheese and slice of cucumber with dill.  Save the recipe for a picnic and pot luck.  

1 package (8 ounces) whipped cream cheese
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp. dried dill weed
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 seedless cucumbers
1/4 cup grated onion
1/4 cup chopped pimientos (Optional, but add colore)
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
12 slices whole wheat bread

In a small bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients; beat until blended. Stir in the cucumbers, onion, pimientos and parsley. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 hours to chill.

Remove crusts from bread; cut each slice into four triangles. Spread with cream cheese mixture. Garnish with cucumber slices and dill sprigs if desired. Yield: 4 dozen.


I love anything you can make on a stick.  It makes it fun and easy.  I love this idea. 

Sliced ham
Sliced cheese
Hard boiled eggs
Grape tomatoes
Black olives
Garlic glove

What do you have in your refrigerator?  You can use turkey or chicken if that is what you have.  Use what ever cheese you have.  If you have an avocado it would be wonderful.  Just have fun with it. 

Boil your eggs (sorry you do have to heat up the stove for that).  Toast some bread (Texas toast works great) and brush it with a garlic glove.  Hard store bought croutons don't go on a stick well, so recommend you go the making your own toast route. Slice your ham, eggs, cheese, lettuce and toast into bite size pieces and using a skew start assembling your salad.  

Red Wine Salad Dressing

I’ll share a simple dressing, but you can use your favorite or what ever you have in a bottle. 

1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1 1/2 cups olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 clove crushed garlic

Combine all ingredients in a glass jar with a screw-on lid. Tighten lid and shake vigorously for 1 minute before serving.  This makes 2 cups of salad dressing, so you may wish to cut it in half.  You can disassemble the salad on their plate after pouring a  little dressing on it first. 

Have a cool day, be happy and may God bless you and yours.  

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