Cucumber and Tomato Salad: A Symphony of Freshness
For the Vegetables:
- 5 large tomatoes (fresh and fully ripe; tomatoes on the vine are a very good choice)
- 1 pinch brown sugar
- 1 English cucumber (fresh and firm)
- 1/2 large red onion
- 2 Tbsp chopped fresh Italian parsley
- 2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 pinch kosher salt
- 1 pinch black pepper
For the Dressing:
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (very good quality)
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 2 garlic cloves (pressed)
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp dried oregano
1. Preparing the Vegetables:
- Core the tomatoes, cut into 6-8 wedges, then cut each wedge in half. Place the tomatoes into a large bowl, sprinkle with a pinch of brown sugar, salt, and pepper, and toss really well.
- Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise, then slice it into 1/4″ thick slices. Add the cucumbers to the tomatoes.
- Slice half the red onion into very thin slivers crosswise. Then cut the slivers in half, or leave as is, depending on your preference. Add to cucumbers and tomatoes. Add the chopped parsley and cilantro.
2. Crafting the Dressing:
- To prepare the dressing, throw all of the dressing ingredients into a small bowl and whisk together vigorously until well blended.
3. Bringing it Together:
- Pour the dressing over the vegetables and toss gently using both hands. Cover the bowl with plastic and let it sit at room temperature until ready to serve, for 1 to 6 hours. This will allow the flavors to meld together.
- Serve this refreshing salad and refrigerate the leftovers for up to 3 days.
Elevate your dining experience with this Cucumber and Tomato Salad, where vibrant tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, and the subtle bite of red onion come together in perfect harmony. The zesty dressing, with its blend of olive oil, red wine vinegar, and aromatic spices, adds a delightful complexity to every forkful. Whether as a refreshing side or a standalone dish, this salad is a celebration of freshness and flavor. Enjoy the symphony of tastes in every bite!