When I was growing up, my mom did all of the cooking for our family of six kids. My dad did cook a few signature dishes but he always did the chopping. I think my dad really enjoyed chopping because whenever he was in the kitchen, he had a knife in his hand and was standing in front of the cutting board, chopping, dicing or slicing up vegetables. This was my dad’s signature salad. The fresh vegetables were always so thinly sliced, you wondered if perhaps a mandolin was used. Nope. Just the skilled hands of someone who liked to slice, dice, and chop for his family. This salad is especially good with homegrown tomatoes straight from the garden.
Simple Summer Salad
- 2 cucumbers, thinly sliced
- 3 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered
- 1/2 small onion, thinly sliced
- 1 garlic clove mashed in mortar and pestle with 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 teaspoon dill, fresh, minced
- 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 lemon, juice of
- pepper to taste
- Combine sliced and diced vegetables in a large bowl.
- In separate small bowl, combine dressing ingredients.
- Whisk dressing until thoroughly combined.
- Pour dressing over diced vegetables and toss, gently.
- Serve at room temperature and enjoy.
My husband likes to layer spices into this salad – Old Bay seasoning and red pepper flakes. My dad didn’t include these in his recipe but I’m sure he’d approve of their additions. My favorite tomatoes in this salad or in any salad are Sun Gold variety cherry tomatoes. They’re the only cherry tomatoes I plant and they never disappoint.
This salad says summer to me. Go make some!
A PDF version of this recipe is here: Simple Summer Salad
What’s you favorite summer salad? Do you like cherry tomatoes or slicing ones?
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