Sunday, October 4, 2015

CUCUMBER, TOMATO AND ONION SALAD

CUCUMBER, TOMATO AND ONION SALAD




This is one of my favorite recipes I got from my mom.  I 
can remember this dish prepared with meatloaf, green 
beans and potatoes (fixed in one pot, seasoned with bacon 
grease) and biscuits (the baking powder and shortening 
kind,)  and that meal was to die for. Round that out with
a home-made fruit pie, mmmmgood.

Ingredients for 4 people
No store bought items please, go to the Farmers Market.
Fresh, Fresh

1 med. to large SWEET onion   They are out right now.
3 cups of cucumbers (about 3- 4) good size, firm
3 large tomatoes or 6 small ones 
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. salt or kosher salt
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup cider vinegar (you can use distilled, but I like apple cider 
      vinegar)
2 tbsp. Canola Oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Directions:

In a medium bowl whisk  together the vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper
until the sugar is dissolved. Set aside.
In a large bowl,
Peel and slice the onion and separate into rings. You can cut them
up a little if they are too big.
Peel the cucumber (the waxy green covering) and slice, not paper
thin about 1/4 inch, I don't seed them.
Cut the tomatoes into chunks, they hold up better than sliced.
Set aside.
Add the oil to the vinegar mixture and stir.
Add this mixture to the veggies and stir carefully.
Cover with plastic wrap (my mom used a plate.)
Put in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to chill.
Stir again gently to coat the veggies and serve.
Great sweet/sour taste.

I would make this the day of serving. If it will be
several hours, then add the tomatoes 30 minutes
or right before to avoid mushiness. 
You can half the recipe too.

You can add green pepper, or dill or parsley but
then it becomes something else, not my moms.
But that's ok!
Easy and cheap!
If your having a grilled hamburger or chicken
add some fresh corn on the cob, this salad, and
you're set.

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