So the other day I was at the grocery store – surprise surprise – and I started craving something fresh. Now this IS a surprise! Usually, I crave carbs, carbs, and more carbs. Yes – I buy the good stuff. But if I was really buying to my cravings, my purchases would most often consist of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, Bob Evan’s Mashed Potatoes, and french bread. Yes, indeed – I do love me some carbs. Anyway, I must have been low on vitamin C or vitamin K or something – because all I really wanted was a whole bunch of tomatoes! Like who am I? So I got thinking – what can I make, that is easy, fresh, and delicious? How about a balsamic cucumber tomato salad? I think yes!
My dad LOVES cucumber tomato salad and we would have it at home all the time growing up. Personally though, I didn’t really like tomatoes that much when I was young. They just seemed squishy and strange. As I got older, I discovered cherry tomatoes – and those became my gateway to an eventual appreciation for normal tomatoes. I will admit, I am still pretty picky about which tomatoes I like. They must be fresh – and absolutely not grainy. There is not much worse than a grainy tomato… maybe a grainy apple?
Thankfully – the tomatoes available at my local grocer exceeded expectations. They looked amazing! Seriously, look at them!! So fresh and juicy – and it’s October! Not going to lie, seeing these beauties made me a little sad that summer is truly over. I will very much miss all the incredibly fresh, readily available fruits and vegetables.
This seriously might be the EASIEST recipe you will ever make. The hardest part might be peeling the cucumbers – but have no fear!! I have discovered the BEST peeler EVER – it is called the OXO Good Grips Peeler and my life seriously changed when I purchased it. Okay, so maybe my life didn’t completely change but I seriously used to dread peeling vegetables and now it is so easy and quick.
I also love this Duralex Stackable Bowl Set – the set comes with 9 stackable bowls, all different sizes. They are great for ingredient prep and serving! I swear I get compliments every time I use them. And I feel like I’m on a cooking show… “here we have diced green onions, salt, and pepper, ready for use!” Per usual, I digress…
You cannot go wrong with this incredibly EASY side salad. Seriously! You CANNOT!
Fresh, juicy tomatoes – crisp, cucumbers – creamy feta cheese – all glazed in a light, flavorful balsamic vinaigrette. Spritz with fresh lemon juice and garnish with diced green onions for even more pizzazz.
Enjoy any time of day, any time of year, by yourself, with friends – I repeat, you cannot go wrong!
Ever crave something fresh and delicious? This Balsamic Cucumber and Tomato Salad is PERFECT to satisfy any fresh food craving. Juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumber, and creamy feta - all glazed in a light, flavorful balsamic vinaigrette. The easiest side salad you will ever make!
- 2 cucumbers peeled
- 4 tomatoes
- 4 ounces feta cheese crumbled
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 3 tbsp green onions diced
- 1 "spritz" fresh lemon juice optional
- salt and pepper to taste
Rinse and pat dry all fresh produce. Peel cucumbers, if desired.
Use a sharp knife and cutting board to chop or dice cucumbers and tomatoes into desired bite-size pieces. Add to medium-sized bowl. Add crumbled feta.
In a small bowl, combine olive oil, vinegar, and garlic - stir to combine then quickly pour over cucumber, tomato, feta mixture. Gently fold ingredients (so as not to bruise the tomatoes).
Garnish with freshly diced green onions and spritz of fresh lemon juice, if desired.
Storage: Best when enjoyed right away!