Thursday, June 11, 2009

Simple Summer Cucumber, Onion and Tomato Salad

A favorite simple salad in the summer featuring garden fresh cucumbers and tomatoes, red or sweet onion and dressed in a simple vinegar and olive oil dressing.

Simple Summer Cucumber, Onion and Tomato Salad

There is seriously nothing to this salad really, but with fresh tomatoes and cukes startin' to come in, it is definitely worth a quick mention. In fact, with this heat here lately salads are perfect for lunch, or even a light dinner when it's just too hot to think about food, but I get bored with just plain old garden salads. So, I've posted some of my favorite salads that utilize some of those fresh tomatoes and cucumbers that you'll be harvesting soon.

Be sure to check my other simple summer salads - a well-loved Fire 'n Ice Summer Salad, the tangy Spicy, Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad, Sour Cream & Onion Salad, and it's plain vinegar variation, and Creamed Cucumber and Onions with Mayo are just a few of my other favorites - each just a bit different from the other. I hope that you enjoy them along with my full collection of salads from coleslaw to pasta salad to potato salads.

I made this salad the other night and it was so good. Fresh cucumbers and tomatoes just speak to summer, and yes, those are tomatoes and cucumbers right out of my garden! You really must also try this sometime with red onion - it just gives that nice, extra bite - although I won't argue with ya if you use some sweet Vidalias too. I very often do!

The measurements given are simply suggestions, so definitely start here but change to your own taste after that. I really never measure personally, but just drizzle it over with a good extra virgin olive oil, white, red wine or apple cider vinegar, fresh herbs if I have them or a pinch of dried (Italian seasoning is nice), a bit of sugar, kosher salt and some freshly cracked black pepper, and that's really about it. Sometimes I grate a little fresh Parmesan cheese in.

You may, of course, also use your favorite commercially bottled Italian dressing, but a fresh vinaigrette is just so easy. My favorite commercial dressing hands down however, is made from the packets of Good Seasons Italian All Natural dry salad dressing mix - it has a nice blend of flavors and all the seasonings that you need. Add a good quality extra virgin olive oil and some vinegar and total YUM is all I can say!! Sometimes simplicity is the best tasting really.


Here's how to make it.



Recipe: Simple Summer Cucumber, Onion and Tomato Salad

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Total time: 40 min | Yield: About 4 to 6 servings


Ingredients
  • 2 large cucumbers
  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 1 large vidalia or red onion, halved and sliced thick
For the Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of vinegar - apple cider, red wine or white are all good choices
  • 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar, or to taste
  • 1/2 tablespoon of fresh, chopped herbs (parsley, basil, oregano), or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon of freshly cracked black pepper, or to taste
Instructions

Peel the cucumber and cut it in half lengthwise. Cut into slices and put into a glass serving bowl. Cut tomatoes into bite sized chunks and add to the cucumbers. Cut the onion slices into quarters and add to the bowl. Whisk together the oil, vinegar, sugar, herbs, salt and pepper and pour over the salad. Toss well, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, 2 hours is even better. Let rest at room temperature for about 10 minutes; serve as is or spoon over torn lettuce.

Cook's Notes: I sometimes like to grate a little fresh Parmigiano Reggiano cheese over the top; reduce or eliminate salt if using the cheese. May substitute about a teaspoon of dried herbs or dried Italian seasoning for the fresh herbs.

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11 comments:

  1. Mary I love all these salads, they're right up my alley, I don't need anything but tomatoes(my favorite veggie) and cukes to have a salad!

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  2. Thanks Bunny - summertime does call me to salads pretty often. I'll have some others up soon too hopefully.

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  3. we eat a cucumber, tomato and onion salad too, but instead of a vinegar based dressing we use creamy Italian or just plain mayo. I prefer it to the vinegar base, because it only takes a little dressing. The creamy dressing clings to the veggies so well. My mom liked miracle whip (ick), but God rest her soul she like miracle whip and didn't care for mayo.

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    1. LOL Vikki, my Mama wouldn't even let it in her house. She said MW is SALAD DRESSING not mayonnaise. I haven't tried it in years though, and I know it has it's place in some dishes. I love the creamy Italian dressing too. Which brand do you use? I can never find it!

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  4. We eat this every year from the garden sometimes using italian dressing or most of the time just letting the juices of the veggies marry with just a dash of salt & pepper. This salad screams summertime to me!

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  5. Mine is almost like yours but with out any oil.

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  6. Can I say OMG! Just made this and it is fantastic before it marinates. Can't wait until dinner tonight. Serving this with country greens and new potatoes, pot roast, and sweet tea.

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed this & may I just say, what a great meal!!!!

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  7. I'm enjoying all the cucumber, onion...salads. I've got to check out all the salads you have. Got my reading cut out for me.

    Mary, I have had trouble commenting on your posts when I am on Google Chrome. I switched back to Google to try this. I hope you are seeing them.

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    1. I am! I've not had any problems with commenting through Chrome, but Google Docs, which is what I use for printable copies, isn't printing correctly in Chrome and editing in Google Blogger has some odd quirks going on now too. All works well in IE though - go figure LOL!

      I have been really into salads here in this already oppressive heat - especially anything with tomatoes and cucumber, oh, and Vidalias while we have them!! I've been working on other recipes lately too of course - probably should get busy with editing them for publication I guess. :)

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