Monday, August 17, 2009

Tomato & Cucumber Salad

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I know I'm pretty behind on my updates, so I'll be updating regularly from here on out! (or let's just say I'll try my best!)

Today's recipe was inspired by three things: (1) the cucumbers from my sister's garden, (2) the ingredients in my fridge, & (3) company coming over and I needed to make a salad.

I started with 4 Kirby cucumbers from my sister's garden. I peeled off some of the skin and then scooped out the seeds/pulpy stuff with a small spoon. You can also just use regular cucumbers or English ones.

Then I sliced 3 Roma tomatoes, but you can use any kind...

I added a little bit of white onion that I sliced super thinly on a mandolin

If you have company coming, arrange it all nice-like on a plate. If you don't care, just slop it on the plate.

Put that in the fridge to chill and then make the dressing.

Use a big knife to smear the garlic and salt into a paste.

Throw the garlic paste into a jar or plastic container along with the olive oil, vinegars, & herbs. Give it a good shake. It'll look like this.

Pour it over the salad. If you're not gonna eat it right away, put it back in the fridge and let it marinate. It'll taste even better!

Cucumber Tomato Salad

1/2 tsp. salt (sea or kosher)
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 C. olive oil
2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons dried basil (chopped, fresh if you have it)
1 tablespoon dried oregano (again, you can use fresh leaves if you have 'em)
4 pickling cucumbers (Kirby-variety, or English cucumbers)
2+ tomatoes

The ingredients are really flexible...just whatever you have on hand...thinly sliced red, white, or yellow onion, bell peppers, olives, slices of fresh mozzarella cheese...


1 comment:

  1. Thank you! I tried this recipe today and it was delish :)! I picked up some home-grown tomatoes & cucumbers from the cute old man who runs his own veggie/fruit stand near my place.