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2 Sep 2011

Easy and Delicious Summer Tomato Cucumber Salad Recipe

One of the things I honestly love about the summer is being able to grow fresh vegetables and herbs in my garden.  Growing up, my family always did a garden.  It becomes something you learn to enjoy, and when you skip a year, you really do feel as if something is missing.  The thing is, once harvest time comes, and your garden is producing at its peak, you are left with a lot of extra vegetables and fruit that you’re not so sure what to do with.  Even after hooking up the neighbors, family, and friends with your “overstock” you still find yourself with a excess of whole organic produce – not cheap in the grocery store, either. Here is a very simple tomato cucumber salad I love to make.  The hardest part is chopping up the ingredients.  Even if you don’t grow your own garden, you can easily grab these ingredients from your local supermarket. The crispy fresh cucumbers, the fresh vine-ripened garden tomatoes, and the basil intermingle into an amazingly flavorful combination.

Easy Tomato Cucumber Salad Recipe:

- 1 Large cucumber, or 2-3 Small

- Pint of grape tomatoes, or your favorite variety

- Dash of red wine vinegar

- Dash of white vinegar

- Dash of EVOO or regular olive oil

- 1 Tablespoon of sugar, or to taste

- freshly chopped Italian Basil leaves

- Cracked peppercorn, or ground black pepper to taste

Combine all of the chopped ingredients into a bowl.  You can slice them whatever style you’d like.  Add all of the dressing ingredients, toss them thoroughly, and then let them marinate together in a large bowl for at least a few hours.  Serve chilled, and enjoy!

The longer this salad marinates, the better it tastes.  The sugar takes away the tartness/acidity of the vinegar, so if you slip with the vinegar, you might need to add a bit more sugar. This salad makes a nice side dish to complement any meal.  Feel free to substitute any of the vinegars with your own favorites.

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