Oh hey, it’s summer again!
And boy is it summer! We haven’t seen a significant amount of rain in weeks, the pasture is starting to brown, and the cows spend their days lounging in the barn out of the heat of the day. But the good news is that we’re expecting baby goats in the next month. Which means GOAT CHEESE! Yay!
Summer means a garden full of cucumbers, tomatoes, and all the fresh herbs! I love to preserve as much stuff from the garden as possible- some extra time in the summer means saving some serious cash in the winter. But fresh salads are always a win around our house. This Cucumber Tomato is one of my favorites right now and I actually snacked on this instead of ice cream last night (NO LIE).
And let me let you in on a little nutritional secret- the ingredients of the dressing are very intentional. Adding a good fat to a veggie salad helps your body to absorb the vitamins and minerals. The vinegar helps break down these vitamins and minerals for easier digestion! Plus it’s tasty. It’s ALMOST like mother nature created these foods to taste good together!
And hey- there’s NO SUGAR in this. You’d think that such a fresh and tasty salad shouldn’t need sugar to be tasty and you’d be right… but (sad face) a lot of pre-made summer salads have sugar added! Um. What?
OH, and one more thing:
PRO Cucumber Gardening Tip- Your cucumbers will take over your garden if you let them. One they start reaching and climbing other plants, cut them back! This will divert their energy into creating fruits and away from total world domination.
Cucumber Tomato Salad
A great, fresh, nutrient dense summer salad!
- Prep Time: 15
- Total Time: 15
- 1 Large Cucumber
- 2 Medium Tomatoes, or a handful of cherry tomatoes, or a combination of whatever is in your garden
- 1/2 Medium Red Onion
- 1/4 Cup Parsley
- 2 TBS Balsamic Vinegar
- 2 TBS Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Salt and Pepper to Taste
- Chop your cucumber, tomatoes, onion, and parsley.
- Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix.
- Refrigerate for at least an hour and serve chilled.
- The longer these flavors sit together, the better the taste! I prefer this salad on Day 2!
- Serving Size: 8