Cucumber Ribbons with Herbed Pesto and Pecorino Toscano

Cucumber Ribbons with Herbed Pesto and Pecorino Toscano
Staff Writer
Wall Street Journal Off Duty

Cucumber Ribbons

English (aka hothouse) cucumbers will be the easiest variety to find for this herby, lemony salad, but they're less flavorful than long, slender varieties such as Armenian and Japanese. Read more about cucumbers in the Wall Street Journal's "Off Duty" section.

4
Servings
1147
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Pound long, slender cucumbers, halved lengthwise
  • 1/2 Cup packed flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1/2 Cup packed dill sprigs
  • 2 Tablespoons tarragon
  • 1 small clove garlic, smashed
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon lemon zest, plus more for garnish
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 Cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 Cup toasted pine nuts (optional)
  • 2 Ounces Pecorino Toscano, or other young sheep's milk cheese

Directions

Thinly slice the cucumber lengthwise into ribbons using a mandoline or vegetable peeler and place in a bowl.

In a food processor, pulse the parsley, dill, tarragon, garlic, red pepper, and lemon zest together until finely chopped. With the machine running, slowly pour in the lemon juice and oil, scraping down the side of the bowl as needed, until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Gently toss the cucumber with the pesto and divide among plates. Finely grate some lemon zest over each salad and sprinkle with pine nuts, if using. With a vegetable peeler, shave some cheese over each salad and serve.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
51g
73%
Sugar
1g
1%
Saturated Fat
25g
100%
Cholesterol
5mg
2%
Carbohydrate, by difference
157g
100%
Protein
18g
39%
Vitamin A, RAE
43µg
6%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
6mg
8%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
4µg
4%
Calcium, Ca
223mg
22%
Choline, total
165mg
39%
Fiber, total dietary
4g
16%
Fluoride, F
8µg
0%
Folate, total
41µg
10%
Iron, Fe
7mg
39%
Magnesium, Mg
95mg
30%
Manganese, Mn
2mg
100%
Niacin
3mg
21%
Phosphorus, P
392mg
56%
Selenium, Se
16µg
29%
Sodium, Na
397mg
26%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
66g
2%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Cucumber Shopping Tip

There are three different types of cucumbers: slicing, pickling, and “burpless.” If you're making sandwiches, you might want to try the “burpless” variety which are naturally seedless and are less likely to cause gas.

Cucumber Cooking Tip

Salting your cucumber slices and allowing them to drain over a colander for about an hour will get rid of any excess water and keep your sandwich from becoming soggy.