Strawberry and cucumber salad by Lucas Hollweg

Lucas first read about the combination of strawberries and cucmber in Jane Grigson’s ‘Vegetable Book’. It’s a wonderful summer partnership, called Salad Elona.

Ingredients (Serves 4)


  • 1 large cucumber, cut lengthways into strips with a peeler, ideally avoiding the seeds
  • 500g (1lb 2oz) strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
  • 4 big handfuls of watercress leaves
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 1 handful of torn mint leaves
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and pepper


Arrange the cucumber, strawberries and watercress on a large serving plate.

Mix together the vinegar and sugar and sprinkle over the salad, then scatter the mint leaves over the top.

Add a slpash of oil and season well, being particularly generous with the black pepper.