As someone who loves to sit, nibble, sip and chat prior to meals, or perhaps in lieu of a meal, a simple appetizer that is as easy to make as it is delicious ranks high on my list of recipes. It just so happened that I was invited to a last minute evening summer gathering this past weekend, and I knew exactly what I wanted to bring – Tangy Cucumber Bites.
In less than 1o minutes the entire recipe is done, if you exclude the 30 minutes to marinade the cups (which I have done in a pinch, and they are still delicious). You can’t beat that when the last thing you want to do during the scorching heat is tinker in the kitchen.
Paired with a glass of chilled rosé or white wine, these bites are flavorful and offer a delicious option to a basic veggie tray.
Tangy, Fresh Cucumber Bites
- 1 English cucumber
- 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoons mayonaise
- 1/2 cup red onion chopped
- 1/4 cup feta cheese crumbled (1 ounce)
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dill weed fresh dill if possible
- Prepping the Cucumber: Cut and discard the ends. Then as a way to create a more decorative cup, but also make it easier to eat, peel off three stripes, spaced evening down the sides of the cucumber. Then cut crosswise into 3/4 cup thick slices. When scooping out the cups of each slice, use a small melon baller or a metal teaspoon. Be sure not to go all the way through. Discard the scooped portion.
- Marinate the cups: Whisk together the rice vinegar and the honey in a small bowl until the honey dissolves. Add the cucumber cups; cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Prepare the filling: Mix together the remaining ingredients in a medium size bowl: sour cream, mayonnaise, red onion, feta cheese, dill (keep a pinch extra for garnish) and salt.
- Assemble the cups: Remove the cucumber cups from the marinade and place on a paper towel to absorb any extra liquid. Then fill each cup with the filling (approximately 1 teaspoon). Arrange on a serving plate, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Add a slight dash of chopped dill to garnish each bite.
9 thoughts on “Tangy Cucumber Bites: A Simple Summer Appetizer”
Looks really refreshing! I’m going to make this for hubby. I can’t have dairy so I’ll have to see if I can finally find some good quality vegan dairy alternatives…that taste good. So far we’ve had no luck but recipes (and pictures) like this keep me looking! If anyone has any suggestions for good vegan dairy please let me know.
BTW love your blog and look forward to it weekly. My only complaint (not really) is that there’s so much good info very week I get behind on reading. LOL! Your blog finds a nice balance between let’s say the finer things in life and the more practical or down to earth. Many blogs like yours come across as preachy or being better than (wee bit elitist) so it was refreshing to find yours.
Was happy to see your thoughts on NYC as we’re heading back there in late fall. It’s a little too much for my ADHD husband and my more sensitive being BUT we have business connections there so we try to make the most of our short stays.
I showed my husband the picture and offered to make it for him if he got the ingredients at the market this weekend. His response? That looks good! And, yes I will buy whatever we need! So funny. Sometimes partners really are easy please… and I get the shopping done ; )
I do hope you enjoy! 🙂
Loved this recipe, it was a total hit at our family’s birthday bbq ? I doubled the recipe and there was plenty filling left over for one more cucumber for sure.
Looking forward to trying other recipes on your website!
Lisa, So happy to hear! Thank you for sharing. 🙂
My daughter served this to us when we visited Ct. in August. They were delicious. Actually it was my Son- in- law’s recipe and it was delicious. I asked her for the recipe and she gave it to me for a minimum cost (only Kidding) I’m going to make these for a pre cruise party and I’m sure everyone will enjoy them. They are wonderful and refreshing.
So glad you enjoyed them! Well described! Refreshing! I could not agree more. Thank you for stopping by and sharing Ron. 🙂
Really enjoyed and so easy to do. I didn’t throw out the scooped out cuccumber though, I served up cuccumber water over ice and garnished with a mint leaf.
Great idea! Thank you for sharing Jeannette. 🙂