I have never pickled anything before, but the pickled cucumbers came out perfect. They provided a perfect balance to the watermelon. I followed the recipe except for the sumac. We loved it and will definitely make again.
I kind of liked it in a weird sort of way - but the family hated it. Made as directed but without the sumac. Won't make again.
The salad is a nice balance of sweet and salty. The pickles are the true prize here. I didn't have sumac but I just ordered some and look forward to trying it again with that.