Close ties to France following independence in 1960, the development of cocoa production for export, and foreign investment all made Cote d’Ivoire one of the most prosperous of the West African states. Cote d’Ivoire is heavily dependent on agriculture and related activities, which engage roughly two-thirds of the population. Cote d’Ivoire is the world’s largest producer and exporter of cocoa beans and a significant producer and exporter of coffee and palm oil. While this recipe does not include cocoa, it’s a wonderful salad from the country that can accompany a variety of main courses.
Cote D’Ivoire Cucumber and Zucchini Salad
- Glass serving bowl
- Small bowl
- 2 medium Cucumbers, scored with fork and sliced thin
- 2 medium Zucchinis (courgettes), scored with fork and sliced thin
- 1 medium Red bell pepper, cored and sliced thin
- 1 medium Red onion, sliced thin
- ½ cup White wine vinegar
- 4 tbsp Sugar
- 1 cup Hot water
- 1 tbsp Salt
- 1 tsp Coarse black pepper
- 1 tsp Crushed red pepper flakes
- In a glass bowl, alternate layers of onion, bell pepper, cucumber, and zucchini.
- In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar, hot water, sugar, salt, pepper, and chili flakes together. Pour over the vegetables in the glass bowl.
- Allow to marinate in the refrigerator. Serve chilled.