Cucumber & Fennel Salad with Cuban Oregano

cucumber-cuban-oregano-saladDo you remember that funky Cuban oregano plant I picked up a couple of months ago? The crazy I’m-an-herb-but-also-a-succulent plant? Well, it’s been growing like gangbusters in this New York summer of plenty of sun and lots of rain. I’ve been sort of loathe to touch it: with my black thumb, if a plant is doing well, I find it’s best to just sit back and stay out of its way. But I finally broke down, trimmed a couple of stems, slivered the leaves and tossed them into a salad, and I’m here to tell you: it was worth the wait.

Perfumed, lemony, distinctly oregano but subtly different, Cuban oregano is a fascinating beast in her own right. The flavor profile is at once familiar and exotic, distinctly present, but not overpowering. A true, “What is IN this??” ingredient if ever I’ve had one. Add in crisp…

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