This fresh and flavorful salad is easy to make and is a great way to use up some of the excess tomatoes from your garden or local farmers’ market.
The recipe calls for 2 vine-ripened tomatoes – juicy slicing tomatoes work better here than Roma (plum) or other sauce tomatoes. You can also use small cherry or pear type tomatoes – the yellow/gold ones are delicious and look really pretty with the other colors in this dish.
I have a ton of the Golden Pear tomatoes this season, so that is what I’m using.
Tip: For a nicer presentation, dice tomatoes, cucumbers and bell peppers the same size. Also, if you use yellow tomatoes, use red or green bell pepper.
The recipe for homemade Italian dressing yields about 1/2 cup of the dry ingredients, but you can store the balance for later use in an air-tight container.
The dry dressing ingredients + the recipe also makes a great hostess gift for the upcoming holiday season.
Garden-Fresh Tomato Cucumber Salad:
2 fresh cucumbers, peeled and diced
2 vine-ripened tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 green, red or yellow bell pepper, diced
2 – 3 cloves of fresh garlic, finely minced
2 tsp local honey
4 oz. Homemade Italian dressing*
Add cucumbers, tomatoes, bell pepper and minced garlic to a large salad bowl and toss gently.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the local honey and Italian dressing (recipe below), then pour over the veggies and toss again gently to coat well.
Chill slightly and serve.
*Homemade Italian Dressing
1 T. garlic salt
2 T. onion powder
2 T. dried oregano
1 tsp. fresh-cracked black pepper
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. dried basil
1 T. dried parsley
1/4 tsp. celery salt
1 T. sea salt
1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 T. water
1 T. brown sugar (optional – I would omit when using the honey for this recipe, but can add for other uses)
Combine dry ingredients in a glass bowl and mix thoroughly. To make dressing, add wet ingredients and 2 T. of dry ingredients to a glass salad dressing bottle and shake vigorously. Store remaining dry ingredients for future use.
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