Certainly! Here’s a simple recipe for a cucumber and tomato salad:
- 2 cucumbers
- 4 tomatoes
- 1/2 red onion
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
- 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Start by washing and drying the cucumbers, tomatoes, basil, and mint.
- Peel and thinly slice the cucumbers. You can also score the skin with a fork to create a decorative edge.
- Cut the tomatoes into bite-sized chunks.
- Thinly slice the red onion. If you find the flavor of raw onion too strong, you can soak the slices in cold water for a few minutes and then drain them. This will mellow the flavor.
- In a large salad bowl, combine the sliced cucumbers, tomato chunks, and sliced red onion.
- Tear the fresh basil and mint leaves into small pieces and add them to the bowl.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the extra-virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar. You can adjust the ratio to your taste, adding more or less vinegar as desired.
- Pour the dressing over the cucumber, tomato, and onion mixture.
- Season the salad with salt and pepper to taste.
- Toss everything gently to coat the vegetables with the dressing and combine the flavors.
- Let the salad sit for a few minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
- Serve the cucumber and tomato salad as a refreshing side dish or a light summer appetizer.
Enjoy your delicious and healthy cucumber and tomato salad!