Each August, my garden provides an abundance of cucumbers, peppers, and tomatoes. It brings me joy, walking into my garden in the morning and picking the veggies for my lunch and dinner meals. As I pluck the peppers or tomatoes from their vines, I cannot help but think about new ways to serve these tasty vegetables.. The hot summer weather lends itself to cool and refreshing raw foods, salads being one of my favorites, hence my newest recipe.
As I played around with the ingredients of this salad, I envisioned big chunks of cucumber, onion and tomatoes, covered in tangy dill dressing. A few nights ago, as I made another batch of salad, a childhood memory came to mind. My father loved tomato and onions. My mother used to place thick tomato slices topped with an onion slice on a serving platter. She’d then drizzle an Italian-style vinaigrette on the tomatoes. This “salad” often accompanied our summer meals.
I was inspired to do something similar, stacking tomato, onion and cucumber slices topped with the Dill Jalapeño dressing. The stacks are tasty alone, atop mixed greens or on top of a grilled “burger”.
This salad gets better the longer it marinates, the tomato juice mixed with the dill and pepper dressing creates a delicious sauce. For this reason, it is a great salad to make in advance for a guest dinner or in preparation for your weekly lunches.
Tomato Cucumber Salad with Dill Jalapeño Dressing
- 1 cup Sweet onion diced
- 2 cups Cucumber diced into bite-sized chunks
- 3 cups Tomatoes beefsteak, diced into bite-sized chunks
Dill Jalapeno Dressing
- 1 Lemon juiced, about ¼ cup
- ¼ cup Olive oil light
- 2 teas Dijon-style mustard
- 2 teas Dried dill (or 2 tbsp fresh dill)
- 1 teas Salt
- ½ teas Black pepper (or lemon pepper)
- 1 jalapeno seeded and cut into chunks
- Toss together the onion, cucumber and tomato chunks.
- In a blender, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, mustard, jalapeno chunks, dill, salt and pepper. Blend on high until the jalapeno is minced into small pieces.
- Pour the dressing over the salad veggies, coating the vegetables. Mix well.
- Reserve the excess dressing for other salads.
- Serve immediately, or chill and use for a later meal.
Do you enjoy salads? Try this protein rich green salad:
Zesty Radish, Sweet Pepper, Quinoa Salad on Leafy Greens
Easy and healthy: crisp radishes, sweet bell peppers, nutty quinoa, juicy tomatoes, artichoke hearts, fresh greens and a zesty olive oil dressing.