A delicious pickle relish to spread on those barbecued burgers and hotdogs.
No burger or hotdog is quite complete without a delicious, sweet relish to top it off. This savoury condiment adds a bit of crunch and a whole lot of flavour to any number of dishes.
Dairy-free, gluten-free, and sugar-free, this relish is completely vegan and safe to serve to almost anyone.
This relish is so simple to make that you may never buy store-bought again. It can easily be adjusted with the addition of red chili pepper for a spicier mix or use white wine vinegar for less sweetness.
This recipe makes a small batch of relish so there can always be a fresh batch in the refrigerator whenever it's needed.
(Makes 16 servings | Serving size = 1 tablespoon)
2 cups cucumber, finely chopped
1/2 large sweet onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup monk fruit sweetener (or granulated sugar)
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon cornstarch
In a medium mixing bowl, add the chopped cucumber and onion. Sprinkle with about 3/4 of the salt and toss the cucumber and onion to coat evenly. Transfer the cucumber and onion mixture to a sieve and set it over the mixing bowl. Let sit for 3 to 4 hours then discard the liquid that collected in the bowl. Using a cheesecloth, or nut milk bag, squeeze out as much of the remaining water from the cucumber and onion mixture as possible then set aside.
In a saucepan over medium-high heat, add the remaining salt, vinegar, sweetener, and bay leaf and allow it to come to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the volume of the liquid has reduced to 1/2 cup (about 15 minutes). Add the cucumber and onion and bring back to a simmer. Cook, stirring regularly for 4 to 5 minutes.
Mix the cornstarch with a teaspoon of water to create a slurry before adding it to the saucepan. Mix well and continue simmering for another minute or two until it starts to thicken.
Remove the saucepan from heat and let stand until it cools to room temperature. Pick out the bay leaf then transfer into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator. Give it at least 3 or 4 hours before using. Serve as a condiment with your favourite foods or use in my tartar sauce recipe.
Nutritional Information Per Serving:
total calories = 10 | total fat = 0.05g | saturated fat = 0.01g | cholesterol = 0mg | sodium = 149.06mg | net carbohydrates = 5.03g | dietary fibre = 0.28g | sugars = 1.15g | protein = 0.33g