Saturday, February 9, 2013

Tomato & Cucumber Salad


(4 servings)


One thing I rarely do is to seed a cucumber. I have been told it's best to remove the seeds as they taste bitter, or they cause indigestion or they cause the salad to become watery.

In all honesty I have never found the seeds to be bitter tasting, nor have I gotten an upset stomach after eating them. I do agree they can add an extra quantity of liquid to a dish but this isn't usually an issue for me, especially in this type of salad.

1 large cucumber
3 tomatoes (about 1 lb)
small handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
juice from 1/2 lime or more to taste
salt and freshly cracked pepper

Wash and peel the cucumber if it has a lot of wax coating it. Cut into small dice and place into a non reactive bowl.

Wash and dice the tomatoes. Add the tomatoes and chopped cilantro to the bowl as well.


Dribble the olive oil over the salad and start off with a small amount to freshly squeezed lime juice as well as a bit of salt and pepper. Toss the salad and adjust the quantities of lime, salt and pepper until you are happy with the balance and taste.

Allow to the salad to sit for a few minutes or more before serving. This gives the flavours a chance to meld a bit.

20 comments:

Maria Lisboa said...

oh no....I'm ready to make this salad but don't have LIME!! Can I substitute with some Meyer lemon juice? I know it's not the same but it's still "citrusy".
HELP!
Maria

Gerlinde in Dallas said...

Maria, You can use lemon if you wish. You can also swap out the cilantro for parsley. This salad is flexible and good either way.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to try it! Thanks from a mom in Paraguay, South America!

Anonymous said...

How about zesty Italian dressing in place of the olive oil?

Gerlinde in Dallas said...

I'd replace the olive oil and lime juice if I were using the Italian dressing.

The cilantro I'd swap probably swap out for parsley or basil, depending on what's in that dressing.

Kate said...

Could feta cheese be added?

Gerlinde in Dallas said...

I think feta would be great in this salad. I'd probably swap out the cilantro for a bit of fresh mint.

Anonymous said...

Can i substitute cilantro for basil?

Gerlinde in Dallas said...

Yes, you can use basil instead of cilantro. You can also swap out the lime juice for lemon juice, balsamic or wine vinegar if you wish.

Anonymous said...

If I wanted to do red vinegar instead should I omit the lime?

Gerlinde in Dallas said...

Yes, replace the lime with wine vinegar. :)

Anonymous said...

You can do this with just the tomato, cucumber, lime and salt. BTW the best cucumbers are the Persian cucumbers because they are crisper.

Gerlinde in Dallas said...

I actually prefer English or Persian cucumbers. I'll only purchase the waxed variety if they happen to be on sale.

Anonymous said...

Made this tonight w/ homegrown tomatoes & cucumber ~ SUCH a good, light summer salad ~ thanks!

Anonymous said...

Made it tonight with tomatoes, cucumbers & basil from the garden. It was tasty but very juicy. I should've heeded your recommendation to seed the cucumber.

Anonymous said...

This is awesome, thank you for sharing and answering all the questions above. It made it easier to decide how I wanted to make it. =)

Anonymous said...

What kind of tomatoes work best for this salad?

Gerlinde in Dallas said...

Sweet juicy tomatoes straight from the garden would probably be best, or some freshly picked tomatoes from the farmers market.

Gaby Jemal said...

do you know how many calories into one serving?

Gerlinde in Dallas said...

Sorry, I don't know how many calories the salad contains off hand. The following site has a calorie chart for different types of tomatoes, cucumbers and foods; http://www.calorieking.com/foods/
HTH

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