Marinated Cucumbers, Onions, and Tomatoes 3 medium cucumbers, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick 1 medium onion, sliced and separated into rings 3 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges 1/2 cup vinegar 1/4 cup sugar 1 cup water 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon fresh coarse ground black pepper 1/4 cup oil Combine ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.
Cucumber Salad 1 large cucumber 1 tsp coarse sea salt 1 Tbsp sour cream 1 tsp finely chopped onion 1 tsp fresh dill, chopped 1 tsp vinegar 1 tsp sugar slice cucumber fairly thin. Place in a colander and sprinkle with coarse salt and set aside. Mix sour cream, onion, dill, vinegar, and sugar. Cover and place in fridge. Let cucumbers drain and dressing chill for 1-2 hours. Before serving, rinse cucumbers, pat dry, toss with dressing and serve.
Restaurant Grade Homemade Ranch Dressing: Blend 2/3 c. buttermilk, 2/3 c. mayo, 3/4 c. sour cream, 1/2 t. onion powder, 1/2 t. garlic powder, 1/4 t. salt, 1/8 t. pepper, 1 t. dried parsley flakes, and 2 t. buttermilk ranch salad dressing mix. Chill for one hour.