Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Farmhouse Tomato-Cucumber Salad

I spend my days writing, dog tending, cooking, gardening, and puttering around the house.
Homemaking is a joy, something that feeds my soul.  I am a not a fancy cook,
but that doesn't mean I'm not food obsessed.
I am.
  I come from a family of homebodies and self-taught cooks. Some of us are full time homemakers and others have full-time jobs, but in our souls, we're always in the kitchen. We have a tradition of photographing desserts, side dishes, and entrees. We love everything about cooking: the soothing rituals of measuring, stirring, and kneading.
Even dishwashing is fun.
Like most cooks, the women in my clan are into nurturing.
Today, when my husband asked for a low-carb/low-cal side dish, I sprang into action (cooks love special requests) and made a tomato-cucumber salad.
                 I love this salad.
            Not only is it delicious (and low calorie), it's versatile--perfect for a picnic or a  formal meal.

 Best of all, it takes five minutes to make.

Time-saving Tip:
When you're cooking for a crowd, the recipes can run together in your mind. To reduce the stress of preparing several side-dishes and desserts, print or write down each recipe. Assemble ingredients for each recipe and place in a box or plastic tub.  



Farmhouse Tomato-Cucumber Salad

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Simple and festive, this salad can be assembled in minutes.
What You Need:
1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
4- 6 ripe tomatoes
1 hothouse cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
cherry tomatoes
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons fresh oregano
1 tablespoon fresh basil
rice vinegar
extra virgin olive oil
First, make a vinaigrette. Add two parts olive oil to one part vinegar. Whisk. Add garlic. Salt and pepper to taste and whisk. Place onions in the bowl and stir. Peel and slice the cucumber. Slice tomatoes. Arrange cucumbers and tomatoes on a serving platter. Garnish with cherry tomatoes. Remove onions from oil/vinegar mixture and arrange over tomatoes and cucumbers. Pour vinaigrette over the vegetables. Add basil and oregano. Salt and pepper again (to taste).
Serves: 6

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  1. Brilliant from start to finish, ma'am.

    Looks so good I can taste it, yum!

    Thank you for the tip on putting things in a tub, that's genius, actually.


  2. Oh how I miss those days of being a full time homemaker.

    I have been looking for a salad recipe like this so I will give it a try.

    Thanks for the recipe. It looks really good.


  3. That looks so pretty! Will have to try this!

  4. Looks so refreshing; perfect for a meal after working in the flowers. =)

  5. Beautiful food is a feast for the eyes as well as the tummy!

  6. Love the set up , love the colors of the salad ! I agree as a person who loves to cook we love special request :) and today the request at our kitchen table is Thai curry .....

    I can tell , u love your job, it shows thru the pixs :)

    Have a happy day :)

  7. Looks sooooooooo good. I love an easy simple salad. Thanks for the recipe. Hugs, marty

  8. The salad looks wonderful...a great tip for gathering things for a dinner party...I love your idea!

  9. Your cucumber salad looks delicious and it's so pretty too! This is one of my favorite salads for summer! Yum!
    Miss Bloomers

  10. Your salad looks so inviting! It is important to think carefully when cooking for a crowd and I like your idea of the plastic bin. Once I was preparing a steamed fish and a side dish of carrots, and I put the butter topping meant for the carrots on the fish, and the fish herbs on the carrots. I was young. Luckily, no one knew, or at least they were all courteous enough to pretend not to notice. I can't wait for the new book--I'm anxious to see what Teeny has been up to! Linda

  11. Awesome! My mother used to make a similar salad so I'm grateful you shared the recipe. It looks so appetizing ~


  12. Oh Michael, it looks delicious and I'm sure it is. I also love cucumber sandwiches, with any additional "stuff" I have around to add to them! And, I have to say I agree about washing dishes being fun. I wrote a little snippet about that....I'll find it and send it to you!

  13. That looks so good. Thanks for sharing it at Wow.