Ina Garten Has a Trick for the Best Cucumber Salad

Ina Garten, the host of Barefoot Contessa, is known for turning simple recipes and common meals into delicacies. Foods like salads and sandwiches are on another level when she makes them, and now she has a tip for all of us who want the perfect cucumber salad. The recipe comes from her 2008 cookbook Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics, but it’s as relevant as ever and perfect for summertime.

If you’ve ever tried making cucumber salad, chances are it was thin and runny no matter what you did. Garten’s salad is actually creamy and delicious, all thanks to her clever mix of ingredients. You can get the full recipe on the Food Network site.

Garten makes sure to remove all the excess water from the cucumbers and to make the dressing extra creamy. The combination of these two things ensures the perfect textures. There’s no water from cucumbers to ruin the dressing—you’re left with a perfectly creamy and delicious salad that goes great with many light meals during summer.

“It came out perfect, except I didn’t have enough cucumbers. It’s very creamy, not runny at all. It’s actually fantastic on a baked potato!!!,” said one commenter about the recipe.