Preparing cucumber this way makes the slices very crispy and crunchy. It's a Robert Carrier recipe, from an old French trick.
- 2 cucumbers, peeled and sliced as thinly as possible
- 3 to 5 tbsp fine sea salt
- large scoop creme fraiche or Greek yoghurt
- Sprigs fresh mint
- white pepper
Put the cucumber slices into a bowl with the salt. Cover and rest overnight in the fridge.
The next day drain the water from the cucumber slices. If it's very salty then rinse and pat dry, with a clean unfluffy tea towel, the cucumber slices.
Layer the cucumber slices in a wide bowl and put a big dollop of creme fraiche in the middle.
Add the fresh mint and white pepper.