Cool salad for heavy nights

Cool salad for heavy nights

Ever knocked back one too many, only to find yourself whipping up your patented hangover cure the next morning—Diet Coke and coffee, plus two aspirin and several slices of cold pizza? It’s a claim we don’t make often in this space, but Alex George says that enjoying a stomach-soothing ginger cucumber salad before you imbibe will head that hangover off at the pass.

George, owner of Just Curry on the Corner, says this recipe is a “cooling salad” that “sits well on the stomach,“ especially as a companion to spicy curried dishes. The cooling effect comes from the ginger, which is known to help calm the stomach and reduce nausea.

It’s not just curry after all—it’s a hangover cure, too!

“It works the same way when you’re drinking,” George says, referring in particular to rum, with which he says it goes well. “You’ve got the water content of the salad and also the ginger to settle your stomach a little better. I personally have never had a hangover when I’ve eaten it and have been drinking,” he says.

The ginger cucumber salad recipe is clearly easy to prepare—and, of course, it’s packed with stuff that’s good for you.

“It’s pretty straightforward. Just take your time,” says George. “Give it a little bit of love and it will give you a little bit of love back.”

Just Curry’s Ginger Cucumber Salad

2 large cucumbers, peeled and sliced
    about 1/8" thick
3 ripe Roma tomatoes, sliced 1/8" thick
1/2 Vidalia onion or other sweet yellow
    onion, sliced 1/8" thick
1 Tbs. fresh grated ginger
1 Tbs. chopped cilantro
3 Tbs. red wine vinegar
2 Tbs. olive oil
1/2 tsp. coarse sea salt
1/2 tsp. coarse black pepper

Combine and toss all ingredients lovingly. Refrigerate and allow to marinate for 15 to 20 minutes. Toss again gently before serving. Makes four servings.