Sunday, June 14, 2009

Easy Summer Cucumbers and Mojo Skirt Steak

I know, I know you probably think you have stumbled onto my sister, Donna's blog, My tasty treasures, but you haven't. It is me and my favorite English Cucumbers. I love English cucumbers because you don't have to seed them. They are a little more expensive but for this really refreshing and delicious summer salad, it would be worth the extra cash. I found this recipe last summer here, on Recipezaar. This salad is the perfect side to have with your next BBQ. It is cool and so flavorful and it couldn't be easier. So here we go.

Easy Summer Cucumbers

2 Large Cucumbers, peeled and seeded if desired
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 tsp celery seed(optional)
salt and pepper

Slice cucumbers, no thicker than 1/4 inch. Place in tupperware bowl or other container with tight fitting lid. Add sliced onions. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper, add remaining ingredients. Refrigerate, minimum 1 hour to overnight. Stirring occasionally. Enjoy.

I am warning you, these are addictive. The hardest part is waiting. I hate waiting, but they are worth the wait. Try them with your next BBQ or just make a batch to snack on, you will be glad you did. Or if you are stuck with what to bring to someones house the next time, double or triple these and bring it on over. Your host will be glad you did.

To go with my cucumbers I made skirt steak. I love,love,love skirt steak. I know it doesn't look so appealing when you buy it, but it turns into very tender meat. I just saw this recipe last week over at Dinners for a year and beyond, and it just called to me.I absolutely love this blog, everything I have tried so far has been spot on. So take a visit and look through the archives , you will find many things you want to try. I love everything that this marinade had in it, from the cumin to the fresh citrus juices and when it was done it did not disappoint. It was amazing and even my husband and kids said how good it was. ( pat on the back). This is what my skirt steak looked like after lounging around in the marinade overnight.
Mojo Skirt Steak

for the marinade:

1/3 cup orange juice
juice of 1 lime
3 tbsp chopped fresh oregano or 1 tsp dried
3 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley or 1 tsp dried
1 tsp cumin
2 chopped garlic cloves
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

1 1/2 pounds skirt steak or flank steak
1 lime, cut into wedges

Whisk together ingredients for marinade. Place in resealable bag and add the steak. Marinate 2-6 hours. I let mine go overnight.
Heat grill or grill pan. My hubby was kind enough to man the grill for these babies for me.

Remove steak from marinade and grill for about 4-5 minutes per side, for medium rare. For medium, cook steak a couple more minutes per side. Remove steak from grill and let rest, tented with foil, on a cutting board. Please do not skip this step. If you cut it right away, all the juice will run out, what a waste. To serve, slice on an angle and squeeze lime wedges over sliced meat.

This was so smoky and delicious. I can't wait to make it again. It does go perfectly with those cool, refreshing cucumbers, so if you are stuck in a rut when it come to what to BBQ next, try these, they are both keepers.


  1. I love both of these things. This cucumber salad is one of my fave summer side dishes and skirt steak on the grill...oh man!

  2. I didn't know Donna was your sister, I love her blog! I just found yours the other day and have become addicted to it as well. My grandma used to make cucumbers like this, and I loved them. I will have to try the steak, it looks great!

  3. I love a great, easy cucumber salad during the summer. I have several cucumbers in the garden that are almost ready and I will be trying your recipe out. The skirt steak also looks wonderful. I have never had skirt steak because people always say it is tough... and you have said it turns out very tender! I will be trying that one out as well!

  4. These look perfect together and your steak looks soo good..It's making me crave for one and it's 11 pm here..

  5. Oh, this is wonderful! I have not had homemade cucumber salad in, and I mean 'years'. My mom grew cucumbers in the yard, and made this all the time, so thanks for the memories, and I just drooled on my friends desk :) BTW I did not even remember you were her sister till you said so. I guess I do not have that dirty mind, or it is too early in the day for me :)

  6. Thanks for sharing these recipes. They both sound great. I'm really going to need the cucumber recipe because I planted cucumbers in the garden this year.

  7. These are perfect summer recipes! Will definitely be doing this. I adore English cucumbers also. There's one in my fridge begging to be eaten!

  8. My mother used to make a similar salad when we were growing up. She called it Japanese cucumber salad. Whatever the name, it's just the best.

    The steak looks fab as well.

  9. Holy cow! That shirt steak looks fabulous!

  10. These look delicious together! The cool cucumbers with the hot steak, yum!!

  11. I totally adore English Cucumbers and bald heads, LOL!

  12. This looks like a great summer time meal. My husband would go crazy for the skirt steak!

  13. The cucumber salad sounds wonderful, I would love the sweet flavors with the addition of sugar. Awesome with that delicious steak!

  14. That is some tasty looking steak there. And I can't wait to try the cucumbers!

  15. Delicious! I love a good cucumber salad, and the skirt steak looks terrific!

  16. haha... when I saw the cuke, I thought... oh this must be Donna's blog! I love cuke, onion and garbanzo beans in a vinagriette... so yummy!

  17. I love a good cucumber salad. Your skirt steak marinade sounds delicious!

  18. I eat more cucumber salad than the average human - it is my favorite summer thing to cool off with - this looks delish - the steak hot off the grill the refreshing cucumbers - its a winner!

  19. I def have to try these steaks at my next bar-b-q...and the cucumber salad looks so similar to the one my grandma used to make..cant wait to try them! Thanks for posting!

  20. Hey we have a spicier version of the cucumber recipe its called "chow" you should try it warned thou its spicy is a link to it

  21. That marinade sounds wonderful...the steak came out looking perfect. Love it :)

  22. Two great recipes! These look fantastic :)

  23. You are making this vegetarian miss steak >:(

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