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Friday, June 20, 2008

Tomato and Cucumber Salad

This salad to me represents all the good things about summer. The freshest, crisp and perfectly ripe tomato's and the tang of the red wine vinegar all come together with fresh basil and red onion to make a powerful, yet simple tasting salad.

This is my "go-to" salad on hot nights. In the summer when I've got an abundance of produce, salad becomes a part of every meal, and that can get a little boring if it's always the same concoction of lettuce, veggies and dressing. I had a great little pack of mixed tomato's, will baby heirloom tomato's and cherry, grape, yellow and orange tomato's from Trader Joe's. I love these packs because they are mixed with various color, and don't we eat with our eye's first, anyway? Since everything was so colorful, I also decided to not only add sweet basil to the salad, but some of my gorgeous opal basil too.

This is almost silly to call it a recipe, as it's more just making myself something that I am craving to eat. The flavors, colors and freshness is really what I want to accomplish, and thus this "recipe" comes together on my dinner plate!

1 c small tomato's (mixed variety)
(if you have all the same variety of tomato, this will still taste just like summer!)
1/8 c thinly sliced red onion
2 mini cucumbers or 1 large, sliced about 1/4 inch thick
1 c fresh sweet and opal basil, chopped roughly
1/4 c red wine vinegar
1/3 c olive oil
sea salt to taste

Mix all ingredients into a bowl, and let sit in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to allow flavors to meld together. Serve and enjoy. Can be saved for tomorrow nights dinner too!

1 comment:

Proud Italian Cook said...

This is, and has always been, our go to salad too!! I never get tired of those flavors.
I'm so glad it's summer, because all my basil is growing so nice just like yours.