Recipe: Quick Pickled Cucumbers With Marigolds

Adapting this recipe from Leona Woodring Smith, I recently made marigold cucumbers: cold sliced cucumbers flavored with raw petals in a sharp, simple dressing.

The thin petals didn't bruise, and once the heels were trimmed, they were just the right size to add to the salad. The trimmed marigold tastes much milder than the flower smells—of a lush tropical garden, herbaceous and pleasantly bitter.

Serves 2

    • 1 English cucumber, peeled and sliced
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 marigold head, pulled and trimmed
    • 1/2 green onion, thinly sliced
    • 1/4 cup white vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Slice the cucumber, add the salt, and refrigerate for a half hour. Drain the excess liquid from the cucumbers. Add all the ingredients and serve.

Note: Because of the industrial growing process, not all "edible" flowers are actually edible. Be sure to use untreated, pesticide-free marigolds that are totally food safe.

To read Tejal's article about edible flowers and how to cook and eat marigolds, click here.

Presented by

Tejal Rao

Tejal Rao is a writer and translator from Northwest London, living in
Brooklyn. She is a restaurant critic for the Village Voice. Follow her on Twitter or learn more at www.tejalrao.com.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

A Stop-Motion Tour of New York City

A filmmaker animated hundreds of still photographs to create this Big Apple flip book

Video

The Absurd Psychology of Restaurant Menus

Would people eat healthier if celery was called "cool celery?"

Video

This Japanese Inn Has Been Open For 1,300 Years

It's one of the oldest family businesses in the world.

Video

What Happens Inside a Dying Mind?

Science cannot fully explain near-death experiences.

More in Health

Just In