One thing I love about this time of year is the fresh produce! Even the produce at the grocery store tastes more fresh! If you follow me on Instagram, On Sunday I posted a picture of my grocery cart from Trader Joe’s and as you can see, I am so into fresh fruits and vegetables right now. I think it maybe heat thing? I may have over done it because when I was shopping, I totally forgot that my CSA is also coming this week. Oh well, you can never have too much produce, after all I can freeze it. One thing I do miss this year is my garden. I never got around to planting it. I started prepping it for planting, but I need a new sprinkler system, and I didn’t get a chance to install one. Well at least I have Trader Joe’s and the Farmer’s Market to keep me going this year! But next year, I must have a garden!!
Today I have for you my Cucumber and Tomato Summer Salad. I love dishes like this because it is light, refreshing and so full of wonderful flavor. I could seriously eat salads like this everyday! Cucumbers and Tomatoes are one of my favorite summertime combinations. For the tomatoes I used Trader Joe’s mini heirloom ones, but any kind you like will do. I like the heirloom tomatoes because they taste wonderful and remind me of something from maybe my heritage? Plus they have so many unique shapes, sizes and colors. I have even seen purple and brown ones!!!
Now onto onions! Honestly, I’m not big on raw onions, but they work well in this salad. I used the red onions, since they tend to be a little sweeter and normally they don’t make my eyes water, but this one did. Darn that onion! I cut them thin and tossed them over my cucumbers and tomatoes. I sprinkled a little bit of salt and pepper and the salad got all juicy with flavor. Love how salt does that to vegetables. I then topped the salad with some fresh basil that I am growing on my windowsill in my kitchen. I guess that is considered my garden this year?
For a little bit more flavor I made a simple balsamic dressing that consisted of STAR Fine Foods Extra Virgin Olive Oil and their Red Wine Vinegar. Add a pinch of dried oregano and parsley, give a mix and drizzle over the salad. It was perfect!!! Oh, I almost forgot I also threw in a few Kalamata Olives and a pinch of feta cheese. I put in the recipe, 1 oz feta cheese, but I only sprinkled a little bit on my salad. I just wasn’t in the cheese mood. I think I over did the cheese thing this past weekend.
A light, refreshing Mediterranean salad made with cucumbers tomatoes and topped with a simple balsamic dressing.
- 1 1/2 cups (175 gram) tomatoes, sliced (I used Heriloom Tomatoes)
- 1 large (286 grams) cucumber, peeled, sliced
- 1/4 cup red onion, sliced in strips
- 1 dash salt
- 1 dash pepper
- 5 basil leaves, sliced thin
- 5 kalmata olives
- 1/2 tbsp. Star extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp. Star red wine vinegar
- 1/4 tsp. parsley
- 1/8 tsp. oregano
- 1 oz feta cheese, fat free
- On a plate, add cucumbers, tomatoes and onions; add salt and pepper. Top with basil leaves and olives.
- In a bowl, add olive oil, vinegar, parsley and oregano; mix well. Drizzle dressing over salad and top the salad with feta cheese.
Calories: 111, Fat: 6.2, Sodium: 154, Potassium: 417, Carbs: 9, Fiber: 2.3, Sugar: 2, Protein: 5.3
This salad would be perfect to serve at your next BBQ. You can make everything ahead of time, and just put it together when you need it! I also wanted to point out that it’s pretty good the next day too! Since it was a little to healthy for my Husband and he only had a small serving, I had leftovers and had it for lunch. It was perfect! I think I’ll make this again and have it for lunch again this week!
Well my friends, my brain is fried today and I probably didn’t make much sense in this post, I think the heat is getting to me. Do you ever get where you just can’t think anymore? That’s me right now, so I am good to say ta ta for now! Have a great day!
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