Here’s another great summer post in my 15 Minutes to Fabulous series from fellow Nashville blogger Scarlet from Family Focus blog. Family Focus Blog is a family mom blog that reports on parenting tips, family fun activities, eco tips, family food, family travel, decor, discounts, and giveaways.
Here is a recipe for a quick cucumber tomato salad that you can whip up to accompany almost any meal. It is great for spring and summer because it uses what you have in your garden and it is light and goes well with anything from burgers to chicken.
Health Benefits of Eating Fresh Cucumber and Tomatoes
This quick salad is also very healthy for you. According to Health MD, a half cup of sliced cucumbers has only 8 calories and contains more than 10% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin K. What’s more, cucumbers are now known to contain three lignans that have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease as well as several types of cancer, including breast, uterine, ovarian, and prostate cancers. Tomatoes are also considered to be very healthy for you to eat and contain three high-powered antioxidants: beta-carotene, vitamin E, and vitamin C.
Easy Cucumber Tomato Salad
2 medium cucumbers
1 large tomato or about 1 cup of cherry tomatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
chopped fresh herbs
pinch of salt
fresh ground pepper
This cucumber tomato salad is super easy to make. I try to make it ahead of time so that the ingredients can sit together in the fridge and let the flavors meld a bit- but this is not required. I do like the salad chilled so do have the ingredients chilled before hand if you can’t make it ahead of time.
Peel the cucumbers. If your cucumbers are from your garden and you let them grow a bit too large, which happens frequently to me, just make sure you peel them a bit more to get off the bitter flavor that can collect near the skin. Then cut the cucumber into quarters so that you can easily remove the seeds if they are large. Dice the cucumbers and toss in a medium sized bowl.
If your tomatoes are from the garden, they often have a thicker skin so I like to peel them before I dice them but this step is optional and not needed for most store bought tomatoes. Dice tomatoes and toss in the bowl with the cucumbers.
You are almost done! Now just chop up some fresh herbs and throw them in. I like to use fresh basil and thyme but chives or parsely would be delicious too.
Add a pinch of salt and a grind a bit of fresh black pepper on top. Stir it all up and it is ready to be served.
I hope you enjoy this simple, healthy summer salad of cucumbers and tomatoes. What is your favorite way to use tomatoes or cucumbers?