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June 19
Marinated Cucumbers and Tomatoes: A Classic Summer Side

​Marinated cucumbers and tomatoes are a great summer salad.  What says summer better than red, ripe tomatoes, crisp cucumbers and a vinaigrette dressing.  This salad works well along side grilled burgers and hot dogs or baked chicken or even picnic sandwiches.  The tomatoes make it not only tasty but a beautiful dish as well.

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There are many ways to make this classic.  One of the easiest is to use a bottled Italian Dressing - doesn't get much more simple than that and I do this when I'm short on time.  I also have recipes that boil a homemade vinegar dressing, some that are sweeter and some that are spicy.  This one is a balanced, not too sweet, not too tart, not spicy at all dressing that is just right to please a whole family.

You can use cherry tomatoes or chop up larger tomatoes.  If the larger ones are really juicy, take out some of the gel and juice before adding to the dressing or it will water down the vinaigrette.

I used an English cucumber which has a thin skin and smaller seeds.  If you use a slicing cucumber, you might want to remove some or all of the peel and seed the center by running a metal spoon down the quartered spears before chopping.

Since summer starts tomorrow, break out the grill, set the picnic table and enjoy a Marinated Cucumber and Tomato Salad with your dinner!

Marinated Cucumber and Tomato Salad

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon celery seeds

1/4 teaspoon dry mustard

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 cup olive oil

1 English cucumber, cut into 1/2" dice or a peeled and seeded slicing cucumber

1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved or a larger tomato, seeded and chopped

In a large bowl, whisk together the vinegar, sugar, celery seeds, mustard, onion powder, salt and pepper.  Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while whisking.  Add the cucumber and tomatoes.  Let stand at least 30 minutes before serving.  For longer storage, place in refrigerator.  Let stand 15 -30 minutes when it comes out of the refrigerator to warm up a little before serving.


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