Well, y'all, it is the dead middle of summer. As my friend Lyndsey once, remarked, "It is hot as fire outside." And friends, when it is hot as fire outside, why start a fire in your home by heating up the oven or stovetop? I love to cook, and the oven and stove still get their fair amount of play during the summer, but sometimes it is just too. dang. hot.
Enter the salad. The salad gets a lot of hard knocks by my sweet husband, but I'm bound to make him a salad lover if it's the last thing I do. When we went to Chattanooga for our anniversary trip, our sweet Airbnb hostess made us this salad to refresh us from our road trip, and we got home, I just had to copy it. Rory brought home a bunch of cucumbers from the produce stand at work, my pastor gave me a big cucumber from his garden, and another coworker has been sharing home grown tomatoes. I had to do something with all of that lovely produce! This morning I made my third batch of the last week and a half. To say I'm obsessed would be an understatement. So without further adieu, here's the easiest thing you'll make this summer:
Zesty Cucumber and Tomato Salad
1 cucumber, chopped
2 big tomatoes, chopped
1/4 red onion, sliced thinly
juice of half of 1 lime
1 tablespoon EVOO
1/2 packet zesty Italian dressing mix
salt and pepper to taste
Put all of your ingredients into a bowl or container that has a lid. Give it all a big shake and then place in the refrigerator to chill for a couple hours so all the flavors can marinate and taste the yummiest. If you're low on time or just super hungry, you can definitely just eat it immediately.
A few fun additions/amendments to the recipe:
Radishes for extra crunch
A few sprigs of mint, parsley, or cilantro
Lemon juice instead of lime juice
What fun meals are you making to keep you refreshed in the heat?