Grilled Cucumber with Feta and Preserved Lemon
My recent summer obsession is grilled cucumber. It's crispy, refreshing while having the flavor from the grill and is beautiful with all of the clean and bright flavors of summer. Please trust me, you really want to try this! I've been using seedless Persian cucumbers (quartered lengthwise) simply brushed with olive oil. I've created a delicious salad (inspired by one we recently shared with friends at @shepard02138 in Cambridge) with grilled garlic scapes, preserved lemon, goat Feta, crispy pan fried Capers, preserved Meyer lemon, fresh thyme and edible flowers. It's all place atop a dollop of Addicting Green Dressing made with goat yogurt, lemon, lemon zest, an extra large handful of parsley and a smaller one of cilantro.
Basic how to below. Please adjust quantities to suit your own taste and the number of servings you need.
•for the salad...
Seedless Cucumber, quartered lengthwise
Salt Cured Capers- rinsed, drained and patted dry
Slice of Preserved Lemon
Flaky Sea Salt
Fresh Ground Pepper
Small pinch of Sumac
Brush cucumber with olive oil and place white side down over a medium hot grill just until char marks appear. Brush scapes with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and grill until just tender.
Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Toss in dried Capers until they sizzle and begin to crisp.
Assemble all ingredients as you wish and enjoy with the Green Dressing below:
•for the dressing...
6 oz goat yogurt (you may substitute plain yogurt of choice)
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
Zest of said lemon
1 Clove Roasted Garlic
fresh ground pepper
Very large handful Parsley, roughly chopped
a few sprigs of Mint Leaves, roughly chopped
whiz all dressing ingredients together with an immersion blender, food processor, blender...
Adjust seasoning and enjoy!