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Tomato Cucumber Salad with a Vinaigrette Dressing

Tomato Cucumber Salad with a Vinaigrette Dressing

When the summer heat is relentless, nothing beats the refreshing crunch of a well-made salad. Our Tomato Cucumber Salad with a Vinaigrette Dressing is the epitome of summer freshness. It’s a simple dish, but every bite is a symphony of flavors – the juicy sweetness of tomatoes, the refreshing crunch of cucumbers, and the tangy punch of our homemade vinaigrette.

Tomato Cucumber Salad with a Vinaigrette Dressing

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 4 large ripe tomatoes
  • 2 large cucumbers
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the vinaigrette dressing:

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Rinse your tomatoes and cucumbers under cold water. Pat dry.
  2. Cut the tomatoes and cucumbers into quarters. If the cucumbers are particularly large, you may want to cut the quarters in half again.
  3. Sprinkle the tomato and cucumber pieces with a bit of salt and pepper.
  4. In a separate bowl, prepare the vinaigrette dressing. Whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, salt, and pepper until well combined.
  5. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the tomatoes and cucumbers. Toss gently to ensure all pieces are coated.
  6. Serve immediately or let it chill in the fridge for an hour to allow the flavors to meld together.

Recipe Tips

  • Be sure to use ripe, in-season tomatoes and cucumbers for the best flavor.
  • Letting the salad chill before serving allows the vegetables to soak up the vinaigrette.

Substitutions

  • You can replace red wine vinegar with apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar.
  • English cucumbers can be used in place of regular cucumbers for a slightly different flavor profile.

FAQs

Q: Can I prepare this salad in advance? A: Yes, you can cut the tomatoes and cucumbers and make the vinaigrette ahead of time. However, we recommend combining everything shortly before serving to keep the vegetables crisp.

Q: What other ingredients can I add to this salad? A: Feel free to add other summer favorites like sweet corn, bell peppers, or avocado. You can also add feta cheese or olives for a Mediterranean twist.

Our Tomato Cucumber Salad with a Vinaigrette Dressing is a celebration of summer’s bounty. It’s simple, fresh, and incredibly versatile. Enjoy it as a light lunch, a side dish at a barbecue, or a healthy snack. Give this recipe a try and bring a burst of summer to your table!

By on February 25th, 2024

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