With Christmas holidays behind us, the heat has really cranked up, at least here in South Africa so eating lighter is not only healthier but also easier to prepare. Slow cooking and roasts are great for those special celebration days otherwise, it's all about salads. Unless you are making this instant pot gammon because there's no heat from the oven being turned on, love that!
Why You Should Make This Cucumber Tomato Salad
My suggestion would be to consider the health benefits first and then the deliciousness and then make it!
- Fresh seasonal produce
- Simple ingredients
- Healthy, full of nutritional benefits
- Fresh and delicious!
What Ingredients Do We Need
Fresh, simple ingredients that are an easy toss together salad. I say the avocado is optional because although it adds a dreamy creaminess, the salad is as wonderful and fresh tasting without the dreamy creaminess.
Cucumber: Any cucumber is good.
Tomatoes: Cherry tomatoes worked well here because we cut them really small however you can also use fresh whole like roma tomatoes.
Shallots They have a much more mild taste as opposed to red onion but both are good. To alleviate the burn in red onion, simply cut and soak for a little while in cold water.
Fresh herb: Parsley is my go to herb and I have grown so much in my garden because I can't get enough parsley! Fee free to use either basil and/or dill.
Avocado: Avocado is a challenge sometimes, you want it ripe but not soft and mushy. If you can find the perfect ones, wonderful. Thankfully they are cut into small squares.
Red wine vinegar: Just a tablespoon or two depending on how much salad you have. You don't need too much of this acidic taste.
Fresh lime: I use small limes because the freshness of lime if you can find any, is undeniable. Add the zest too. If you don't have limes you can use lemons or just red wine vinegar.
Olive oil and Sea salt: Use a good quality olive oil with sea salt for a mouthwatering salad!
Vegetable Spice: I love this vegetable spice! It's not only a best seller it's proven to elevate every single dish that it's added to you and changes any boring plate to something phenomenal!
Tips and Suggestions For The Salad Dressing
½ orange juice to tone the acidity down and bring in a little natural sweetness.
Taste and adjust accordingly to your taste. Please note that a little ice water is always good to help dilution.
How Do We Make This Salad
Prepare the salad dressing: Combine the ingredients, taste and adjust accordingly.
Prepare the veggies, cut into the size you like.
Add the veggies into a large bowl.
Add half of the salad dressing into the salad, combine and add the avocado and finish off with the remaining dressing.
More Easy Salad Recipes
- Tomato Cucumber Salad
- Mediterranean Salmon Salad With A Stunning Vinaigrette
- Mediterranean Salad
- Caprese Salad (Insalata Caprese)
- Raw Carrot Salad
- Mango Salad
Recipe That Pair Well With This Salad
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Tomato Cumber Salad
- 1 long cucumber chopped small (suggested, peel on)
- 250 grams cherry tomatoes cut lengthwise and chopped
- 2 shallots or 1 red onion chopped small
- 1 tbsp. fresh herbs: parsley basil or dill
- 1 avocado cubed/chopped
- 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
- 2 small lime zest and juice
- ¼ teaspoon garlic and herb seasoning
- ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
- sea salt generous pinch and a sprinkle of pepper
- Make the dressing, taste, adjust and set aside.
- Combine all the ingredients (except the avocado) in a bowl and toss well. Reserve part of the seasoning as a garnish. Add the avocado last minute before serving with a toss of the dressing.
- Optional: Refrigerate for a short while before serving without the dressing and pour on the dressing when serving.