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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Fresh Tomato & Cucumber Salad

It was prime tomato season and I was asked to bring a salad.  My aunt used to make a simple but delicious salad in the summertime, with tomatoes picked from her garden.  This was reminiscent of those salads.  Unfortunately, the tomatoes are on the bottom and can't be seen. Get creative and adjust to your liking.

2-3 large farmers' market tomatoes, peeled and sliced
1-2 cucumbers, scored, slice about 1/4-1/2" thick
1/2 small red onion, halved and sliced very thinly
1/2 cup pitted olives, black or kalamata
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese

2+ tablespoons olive oil
1+ tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2-3 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced

Layer tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onions in a shallow bowl. Drizzle olive oil, and balsamic vinegar over the vegetables.  Sprinkle with the olives and cheese.  Garnish with basil leaves.

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