Chamorro Cucumber Slices

"From the southern Pacific island of Guam where we lived for 4 years! These were a favorite at our church potluck suppers and picnics with barbequed chicken and ribs! Very refreshing in hot and humid weather! (The name "Chamorro" comes from the native people of Guam...very warm, and friendly people...)"
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  • Pare the cucumbers and leave narrow strips of skin for color.
  • Slice into 1/4-inch slices.
  • In a zip-lock plastic bag, combine onions, pepper, soy sauce, lemon juice, and water.
  • Add cucumber slices.
  • Seal bag securely.
  • Turn bag over and over to coat cucumbers.
  • Place bag in refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
  • A longer time will enhance flavor.
  • Serve in bowl.

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  1. This was very easy to prepare and tasted great. If you are tired of the same old cucumber salad, this is a nice change of pace. I love most cucumber salads, so when I saw this, I had to give it a try and I am glad I did. Thank you for sharing this tasty and unique recipe.
  2. These were very different which is a plus. We liked them but like the vinegar sugar stand-by better. Using the ziploc bag is brilliant, you can manipulate the cukes to make sure they are all covered and can see them the whole time. Thank you for the new tip OzMartha.
  3. We love cucumbers and eat them often. This was a nice change from the vinegar type. My husband thought they were outstanding so I'm sure this will be made a lot in this house. I let them soak for 8-9 hours before eating. I will only make enough for one meal at a time because the next day it wasn't quite as tasty as the 1st.
  4. We just recently moved to the island of Guam this past summer. When looking for an easy island-inspired recipe, this one caught my eye! My youngest daughter & I made this recipe tonight for a family BBQ and served it along with kabobs. Let me just testify that contrary to some of the other few reviews, this salad was a hit with my family! (Note: used vinegar vs. lemon juice, if that helps!) In the end, it sorta reminds me of the Mushroom Chicken from Panda Express, (minus the chicken!) Thank You for sharing. We will certainly prepare this one again, as well as share it with my daughters new Chamorran Class! :)
  5. This was a really nice change of pace from "regular" cucumber salad! I wasn't sure how I was going to like the soy sauce, but I gave it a shot. I nearly threw the whole batch out when I first made it because it was so overpowering, but decided to let it marinate as per the recipe. The key is really letting the cucumbers release their juice to mild down the flavor. I made it about 12 hours in advance and it was so perfect! I'll definitely make this again!


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