My mother creamy cucumber and onion salad, with a pitch for fresh herbs

2 cucumbers, peeled and sliced thin
There are English and Armenian cucumbers, as well as the familiar cukes with glossy but bitter skin. Your choice
1 sweet onion, thinly sliced
In a glass container (non-reactive/not metal), add in no particular order:
1/4 cup sour cream (if you are counting calories/fat, you can do 1/4 cup low-fat and 1/4 regular. My mother made everything as low cal as possible and even she didn’t like it made with strictly low-fat sour cream!)
1 1/2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar with 1/2 tablespoon of water (You need 2 tablespoons of liquid but the vinegar needs to be diluted a little.)
1 tablespoon horseradish or wasabi
1-2 tablespoons sugar (I like the kind of sugar that is really fine…it mixes in easily. Start with 1 tablespoon and add to taste)
2 tablespoons fresh dill, coarsely chopped*
2 tablespoons fresh chives, snipped*
Dash sea salt
Gently mix and chill for about 4 hours.
*The dill and chives are easy to grow in a kitchen garden so you always have fresh herbs, but if you are buying these fresh, they will keep better if stored in a glass with cold water in the fridge. If you leave them in the little boxes they come in, they will get slimy. And really? They are so expensive when bought, it is worth your while to grow them. a mid sized pot with basil, dill and chives will cost about the same as buying all three fresh one time. I have mine in a terra cotta strawberry pot with chives, onions and dill in the top and different kinds of basil in the little pockets.

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