I am using this day as a great excuse to write about making herbal vinegars and what to do with them. You can and should only make an herbal vinegar with fresh herbs. It allows you to capture the flavor of the fresh herbs and save it for use in winter when fresh herbs are scarce.
For step-by-step directions on making herbal vinegar check out my How To.
Here are some perfect summertime recipes to try out with your newly made vinegar.
2 cucumbers, thinly sliced
2 zucchini, thinly sliced
1 small sweet onion, thinly sliced
1/3 cup herbal vinegar (chive, chive blossom, lemon or thyme will all work well)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 Tbls. salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 pinch red pepper flakes
Arrange alternate layers of cucumber, zucchini and onions in a deep bowl. Mix vinegar and sugar until dissolved. Add water, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper. Drain any water from the cucumbers before adding dressing. Pour dressing over cucumbers, onion and zucchini and allow to marinade for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator before serving.
Herbal Vinegar Salad Dressing