06/14/2012 12:28 EDT | Updated 08/14/2012 05:12 EDT

Shucked oysters garnished with cucumber-dill fresca special for parties

Weddings, bridal showers and other summer celebrations are a perfect opportunity for guests to enjoy fresh oysters on the half shell.

This recipe uses a cucumber and dill fresca to garnish the oysters.

Oysters Fresca

1 English cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely diced

30 ml (2 tbsp) rice wine vinegar

15 ml (1 tbsp) white sugar

15 ml (1 tbsp) chopped fresh baby dill

250 ml (1 cup) coarse salt plus 1 pinch

12 small fresh oysters, shucked

Small sprigs fresh dill, for garnish

In a small mixing bowl, combine cucumber, vinegar, sugar, chopped dill and pinch of salt and gently stir to combine. Let sit for 1 hour in the fridge before using.

Place 250 ml (1 cup) salt on a large serving plate and smooth out to create a bed on which the oysters can sit. Place shucked oysters on salt so that they sit level. Top each with a 15 ml (1 tbsp) of the cucumber-dill fresca and garnish with dill.

Makes 12 servings.

Source: Chef Anthony Sedlak for Buick Verano.