Everyday Tomato and Cucumber Salad

Tomato and cucumber salad is a staple in our home. We enjoy it at least once per week. More often in the summer when fresh vegetables are cheaper. We served this salad along with the hanger steak last week.

I posted a fancier version of this salad when we hosted a Thanksgiving dinner. However, I wanted to share this version as well to reinforce that healthy and hearty salads don’t necessarily have to be expensive.

Because it’s summer, we’re eating salads more often than usual. Not just because the ingredients are cheaper this time of year, but also because it’s too hot to be cooking in the kitchen for a long time! Throwing a salad into the mix (instead of cooked vegetables) means less time making the apartment unbearably warm.

One of the nice things about preparing this salad in separate bowls is that we can choose our own salad dressing. Bryan generally opts for the balsamic vinegar. Lately, I go for an apple cider vinegar (prior to that, I would use lemon juice) .

While we love this salad, but I’m looking to branch out and make a few more type of salads. Not just to try something new, but to make sure we don’t get bored of this one!

What’s your favourite summer salad? Please share links to your favourites!

Everyday Tomato and Cucumber Salad

Ingredients

  • 1/2 English cucumber – approximate cost $0.75
  • 1 package of mixed tomatoes (grape cherry, etc.) – approximate cost $2.50
  • 3 teaspoons balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar – approximate cost $0.15
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt – approximate cost $0.05

Method

  1. Slice the cucumber bite-sized pieces and divide into two bowls.
  2. Slice the tomatoes in half and divide evenly into two bowls.
  3. Pour 1 1/2 teaspoons of desired vinegar over each serving.
  4. Sprinkle each serving with ¼ teaspoon of sea salt.
  5. Serve immediately.

Makes 2 servings (approximate cost: $1.73 per serving).

Come share in the tomato love at the Tomato Love Recipe Exchange, hosted by Gimme Some Oven & Bake Your Day.  Also visit Recipe for Change to learn more about how to support tomato farmers.

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