I am a firm believer that every home cook needs an armory of side dish recipes to serve that are healthy, colorful, and yummy! Your family will not even know that their meal was so simple to make if you take care to keep the side dishes attractive while using simple, fresh ingredients. This fresh cucumber, tomato, and onion salad is a perfect example of adding color, fresh, crisp vegetables and a yummy, simple dressing that is not so overdone that even the picky eaters might give it a try!
Cucumber and Tomatoes in the Garden
Cucumbers were my favorite vegetable as a child. They were green, but no so green that I would turn my nose up and frown. I remember picking cucumbers out of my grandma’s garden and eating them with table salt, it was delicious. However, when the vines were heavy with ripe tomatoes and we added them to our plate I was hooked on veggies forever. There is nothing in this world like a sun ripened tomato paired with crispy cucumbers next to a savory crisp fried pork chop and a scoop of mashed potatoes. Lordy, that was truly one of the best meals of my childhood.
We pair our cucumber, tomato, and onion salad with baked chicken these days and still scoop on a good portion of fresh mashed potatoes. I hope to give my boys a few fond memories of family dinners even if we don’t have a quarter acre of a garden in our backyard. ( I sure wish they could have known my sweet Grandma Myers)
The Recipe: Cucumber Onion Tomato Salad
2 English Cucumbers, thinly sliced
1-pint cherry tomatoes halved
1/2 Red onion, very thinly sliced
2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar ( you may want more, I keep it pretty kid friendly)
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoon white sugar
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
In a large bowl, whisk together the vinegar, olive oil and sugar.
Toss in the cucumbers, tomatoes, onion and, and season with salt and pepper. Let marinate at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.
Tip: If you have younger children who feel strongly about onions in their salads then leave it out and just add the onion portion to your plate. But please keep encouraging trying it with the “PURPLE onion”, one day they will come around.
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