Inspiration can sometimes come from unusual sources. Today my inspiration for lunch came from a bowl. Recently the store Anthropologie opened its first store in Canada. I have been to Anthropologie several times while vacationing in the U.S. and fell in love with their beautiful housewares! Until the Anthropologie opened at Don Mills Mall in Toronto, I was getting my Anthropologie fix through their online store, daydreaming over my fantasy kitchen filled with all of their exquisite goods! I finally got to visit the Toronto Anthropologie last week, and although I was tempted to buy out the entire contents of the store, I settled on buying a set of these vibrant lime green latte bowls.
The weather in Toronto has been looking pretty gloomy lately, but today was a gorgeous day that I felt could be represented perfectly by the vibrant colour of my new bowls! I had to find the perfect dish that could match the vibrance of the bowls and that's when I came across this recipe from CookingNook.com for cucumber salad. The bright green of the cucumbers, scallions, and herbs matched my bowl beautifully, and I felt that the brightness in flavour from the lemon juice and fresh herbs matched the feeling I got when I looked at my vivid.
2 cucumbers, peeled and diced
1 large tomato, cored and chopped
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup sour cream of plain yogurt
4 scallions, chopped
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped fine
1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped fine
1 clove garlic, chopped fine
black pepper to taste
1. Combine the cucumbers and tomato in a bowl.
2. In another bowl, mix together lemon juice, sour cream or yogurt, scallions, mint, parsley, garlic and pepper. Pour over the cucumbers and tomatoes, gradually to ensure that you are not overdressing the salad, and mix. If you have leftover dressing, it also tastes great as a vegetable dip or lettuce salad dressing.
3. Serve garnished with mint leaves.