In case you’re wondering, Lebanese cucumber pickles are similar to the zesty Persian variety. They’re made from watermelon, cucumbers, onion, lime, and garlic (or any combination of the four). They’re served in thin slices, on the whole, or in a thicker pickle-style jar. Although they’re available in several different ways, the general combination is cucumbers, watermelon, onion, and garlic with a hot sauce or lemon juice.
As far as recipes go, there is no rule that says it has to be Persian. Many of the tasty, spicy pickles are made without real spices at all and they’re very similar to various Mediterranean varieties.
The key to the Lebanese cucumber pickles, however, is their lack of sodium. That’s because the recipe for this versatile, healthy pickle is inspired by the recipes of the Kurds, who lived in southern Turkey. The original cucumbers were peeled and served fresh, salt, and pepper to taste.
The zesty lime mixture is no less popular. At its most basic, it uses only a lime, salt, sugar, and vinegar. Of course, it can be a little spicier, adding Cayenne pepper or even chili powder.
A dry, salty cucumber, used without salt or sugar, adds a little zesty citrus flavor to the pickles. Sometimes, sour cream or mayonnaise is added for some added creaminess.
The cucumbers themselves can be cut and sliced fresh or pickled, rolled, or dried. Whatever the method, they’re sure to be a hit when you need something healthy to accompany the other more common toppings. Not only are they low in calories, but they’re also full of vitamins and minerals like potassium, calcium, magnesium, and iron.
It doesn’t matter if you use watermelon or fresh cucumbers, the goal is the same: the cucumbers should be eaten as soon as possible after being picked. It’s only when the cucumbers have been fully ripened that they can be used for the Lebanese cucumber pickles. The same holds true for pickling onions and garlic, and it can be done at any time.
Lebanon Cucumber Pickles
There’s not much controversy surrounding the Lebanon cucumber pickles, because they’re so popular and they’re versatile. They’re perfect for entertaining as well as for lunches and parties.
You can use them as the base for dipping salads, wraps, and pita bread, and you can add other types of vegetables and herbs as well. You can use them as dips for chicken, beef, and seafood, or you can serve them in a salad.
The traditional Lebanese cucumber pickles are topped with a type of bread called “Nibbuk” which is made of whole wheat flour, water, salt, and yeast. This way, it’s easy to add different flavors, from a hint of paprika to cumin to curry.
Pickles can be served as is, with a salad, or they can be sliced and added to other dishes. Fruits, meats, and vegetables are all good options. There are plenty of dishes that include pickles, and they’re not just used as a side dish.
Being able to make use of cucumbers in so many different ways makes them great use in many meals. From snacks to salads, soups to desserts, and main courses, they’re the perfect, tasty pickles.