This deliciously simple side item is quite possibly the easiest cucumber salad! If you need a wonderful way to utilize summer’s bounty of produce, look no further. It’s a frugal and easy side item that is sure to please.
As a kid, I remember my mom slicing cucumbers and dousing them with plain white vinegar and salt before eating them. I honestly don’t know if I ever tasted them, but I remember thinking that didn’t sound appetizing in the least.
She would also take a whole tomato and eat it like an apple, with a sprinkling of salt. Since I hated tomatoes as a kid, this also seemed pretty disgusting to me.
Thankfully, my tastes have “matured” a bit over the years, and I while I still don’t think I could eat them exactly like she did, I do enjoy both cucumbers and tomatoes now.
Someday I would love to have my own little garden, but until then, I love going to the farmer’s market to buy my share of summer’s bounty. Cucumbers, squash, zucchini, tomatoes, berries, green beans, herbs…something about summer just makes me want to eat ALL the fresh produce!
The basic underpinnings of this recipe were given to me by my friend Brittany of The Healthy Chickadee. We were over at her house having dinner one night and she served a cucumber salad as a side item. Having never made cucumber salad (I know, I know), I was intrigued by the simplicity of the tasty dish.
Why I Love It
As I become more comfortable in the kitchen, and as my cooking abilities grow, I’m finding that some of my favorite recipes are the simplest. Sometimes pairing a handful of high-quality ingredients can make for the most delicious meal!
It’s become a dish that I make every summer as a light, refreshing, healthy side item. I love the contrasting textures of the crunchy cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, and velvety feta cheese. The red onions give it a little bit of a bite, the red wine vinegar offers a bit of tangy zip, and it’s seasoned with salt, pepper, and basil. You can use regular extra virgin olive oil in this salad, but since I’ve started making my own garlic infused olive oil, I use that most often.
The amounts of ingredients are totally flexible based on your preferences. Want extra cucumbers? Go for it. Need more tomatoes? Throw ’em in. Not a fan of feta or can’t eat cheese in general? You can just leave it out! Have fresh basil on hand? Use it! Feel free to adjust according to your taste.
If you’re looking for a great side dish to bring to a potluck or to serve alongside your favorite grilled fare, this is sure to be a hit. It’s easy to throw together, only requires a handful of inexpensive ingredients, and packs a flavorful punch.
And if you ask me, it’s waaayy better than cucumbers with white vinegar or tomatoes with salt. 🙂 Enjoy!