The smell of the garden is pretty heady and intoxicating. As much as I sometimes dread having to go out and water, weed, and tend to our garden, once I am within a few feet, the smell of the plants draws me in. I didn’t always think so. I used to dig in my heels as firmly as possible about a garden. I felt sure when I grew up I wouldn’t have anything to do with one. No sir. I would steer clear of any gardens.
Flash forward 30 or more years and you’ll find me drawing out garden plans in the dead of winter, studying over seed packets, devouring the Farmer’s Almanac, and calling my great uncle to find out when he’s planting his beans. I’ll dilly and dally until finally getting the garden in and then I’ll stalk it like a criminal until the first blooms appear. Then, I’ll baby them like the most overprotective mother they could possibly be cursed with.
But once my garden starts producing cucumbers and tomatoes, this salad is an immediate must-make in my kitchen.
It goes with everything, from a pinto bean supper, a light topping on a grilled fish, alongside BBQ chicken, or any other summertime menu you can think of. It just works it’s little heart out to satisfy. My Grandmother would love to just eat it right by itself for lunch many days. Maybe that’s why she was always so thin.
Even if you do not have a garden yourself, this salad is definitely begging to be made. Just support your local farmer’s market, produce stand, or hang out in the produce aisle at your grocery store until you find the freshest tomatoes and cucumbers you can find. Then, make this salad for yourself – and even for those you love. You’ll be so glad you did.
Here’s the recipe you can add to your online recipe box or print, if you’d like.
I can’t wait to hear how you like this salad. Do you prefer it on fish, chicken or right by itself like my Grandmother?
If you like this recipe, you may also enjoy:
- Asian Marinated Cucumber Salad (foodiewithfamily.com)
- sesame cucumber salad (loveandlemons.com)
- Roasted Tomato Bruschetta (shewearsmanyhats.com)
- Simple Caprese Salad Skewers (addapinch.com)