Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tomato, Cucumber and Onion Salad

So, things are a little crazy around here. Trying to do too many things at once and it can make your head spin. I needed a meal that was light, fast and delicious for dinner. Though the heat indexes have lowered here, it's still plum hot out! So whatever I made also was not going to be hot, warm or anything close! :) This meal, true to the Blue Collar way is extremely inexpensive as well and believe it or not healthy....I know don't die of shock! :)

I walked around the kitchen looking for ideas and came across what was left from my Farmer's Market run and noted the poor cucumbers and tomatoes that the toddler had gotten a hold of and decided where play toys. I knew I had to use them quickly.

It is important to note that I have not fully gone Vegan myself so, one of my ingredients was not Vegan friendly but, I do know you can buy the Vegan alternative. :) Or you could always eat this plain as is. Well, if you don't plan on smoochy your sweetie anytime soon! :D

Tomato, Cucumber and Onion Summer Salad

At least 2 sm. cumbers
At least 2 med tomatoes
1/4 - 1/2 red onion
1 - 2 cloves of garlic
1/4 - 1/2 cp of mayo, miracle whip or Vegan mayo
salt and pepper to taste

Yes, I know I forgot the onions and garlic in the pic, my son ran off with his plate and got ketchup everywhere! :S Needless to say, it's been one of those days and my head just wasn't with me!

Anyway, it's pretty simple. You can add or lessen how many cucumbers, tomato and how much onion you use based on how many people you plan to feed. I used about 1 1/2 cucumbers, 2 med tomatoes and about 1/4 of a red onion.

Dice your onion and garlic cloves. Slice your cucumbers. You can do it in the pretty spa like circles or do like I did and cut them in half. Cut your tomatoes into chunks. Throw them all into a bowl together. Now, I salt and pepper at this point because I was taught to season your layers as you go. You don't have to, it's personal choice. Again, at this point, you can give it a go raw if you want.

Throw in your mayo, miracle whip or Vegan mayo and mix it up. Be careful to NOT mangle your tomatoes. The first time I did this years ago....I may or may not have had a little bit of a Tomato, Cucumber, and Onion soup! :D Once it's well coated, you can season with salt and pepper again.

Put it into the fridge until you're ready to eat. The whole thing takes about 15 minutes! How wonderful is that?!

*Another note here, my momma raised me to put dill in it! I didn't have any dill on hand though but, it's a nice addition to the meal.

Hope you enjoy this quick, easy meal!

Update: A couple of quick new notes. One cherry tomatoes are great in here as opposed to full sized one. They retain their shape a bit better and less risk of soup being made! :P Also you could add olives and red and/or green peppers in here too. I made it these ways as well the last few weeks and it still went over extremely well!

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  1. This looks delicious. Although I did have a giggle at the thought of the tomato, cucumber and onion soup. :)

    If you’d like, I wanted to invite you to share your best recipes over at my new party, Recipe Sharing Monday at Jam Hands. I’m going to be featuring my favorite submissions during the week and I’d love it if you’d join in the fun. :O)

  2. Yes, the soup thing was not so good!

    Thanks, I'd love to and will have a look after the boys' lunch!

  3. Happy Monday! I wanted to thank you for sharing this delicious recipe at Recipe Sharing Monday. The new party is now up and I'd love for you to link up again :)

  4. You're welcome and I'd love too! :)