Either you were a vegetarian or a meat lover, veggies must be an essential thing on your table not just for its health benefits but also for the prettiness that it adds to our tables and family gatherings. And in case you were looking for an excellent dish to go with almost all your meals, then the cucumber and tomato salad is the perfect pick for you.
Lots of colours and benefits, the cucumber and tomato salad mix is the most refreshing side dish you can have on your table, so let’s start the journey of making this amazing beautiful dish…
How to make the cucumber and tomato salad?
It might seem a little bit hard and confusing to make an effort in preparing any kind of salads for some people, but let me tell you it’s totally worth it, a simple dish that refreshers you, the perfect salad for any summer days.
To make your cucumber and tomato salad is a lot easier than you will ever think, all you have to do is cut your cucumbers into small circles and the cherry tomatoes into half.
Put everything into a bowl, drizzle with some olive oil or any other oil you love- and vinegar, and season with a little bit of salt and pepper with some red onions and basil.
Mix everything tells the drizzle covers everything, see nothing easier than this.
Can this cucumber and tomato salad be a light meal?
In case you had this question going thru your mind, I’ll save you the trouble of looking for any answers, cause the answer is simple it’s a big YES, it doesn’t get any lighter than this meal.
the perfect combination of fresh veggies and herbs mixed, so it’s for sure a light meal you can have whenever you feel like you need a refreshing salad.
To explain more, let’s discuss a little bit of the health benefits of the cucumbers.
Well, as a start we probably should mention that people considering cucumber as a vegetable is wrong, the cucumber is a fruit, weird right.
Now that you know the cucumbers are fruits and not vegetables let’s go back to some of its health benefits.
The first thing you should know about cucumbers is that it contains ANTIOXIDANTS, it helps to prevent cancer and heart, lung and autoimmune disease.
The second thing is that the cucumbers are very nutrient, very low in calories (which will help you to lose weight) and high levels of vitamins and minerals.
One of the most amazing benefits of the cucumbers is that it helps you getting enough hydration that your body will need because they are composed of 96% water which makes it very useful in hydrating your body.
As a bottom line, the Cucumbers are a refreshing, nutritious and incredibly versatile addition to any table.
They are low in calories and provide your body with essential vitamins and minerals, as well as high water content.
If this doesn’t convince you to have more cucumbers, I don’t know what else will.
What is the difference between the regular cucumbers and the English cucumbers?
As you going to buy the cucumbers in your nearest grocery store, you might find yourself in front of a confusing choice, the regular cucumber and the English cucumber.
Well and to make it simple, the regular cucumber is cheaper when it comes to the price than the English ones, it has much thicker, waxy skin than the English cucumbers.
On the other hand, the English cucumbers are a bit more expensive than the regular ones, it has thinner skin, and it’s usually long and crunchier than the regular cucumbers.
Now that you know the difference between the two confusing cucumbers, the next question that might cross your mind is if you should pull the skin of the cucumbers or keep it?
As an answer to this question, all I can say is that it depends on your taste and how you like to eat the cucumbers.
Some of us love to eat it with the pill, so it has a crunchier taste and more benefit for the health, because the skin contains a very significant amount of Fiber, which decreases the risk of cardiovascular diseases, and makes you feel full much longer.
On the other side comes the people against eating the cucumbers with the skin, not for some specific reason but the fact that they don’t like the skin.
So it all depends on how you love to eat your cucumbers, my friend, believe me, there is nothing wrong with eating the cucumber skin do it and see.
Can I make this salad ahead of time?
The answer is YES, sure you can, get all the ingredient ready, and make your salad. Cover it with a plastic film and put in the refrigerator.
Make sure not to pass 6-10 hours because the tomatoes and cucumbers might lose their texture.
Which tomatoes to use in this salad?
Well, you can use any tomatoes you want, it won’t affect the salad in any way, but as it’s been said before it all depends on your taste.
Most people prefer to use the cherry tomatoes, which you can cut in half to make sure that the vinaigrette digs deep.
Things you will need cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, salt and pepper, onions, Basel and olive oil, vinegar, a bowl, and other materials in the kitchen.
An amazing Cucumber Tomato Salad, plus a quick and easy dill vinaigrette in just 10 minutes is your perfect choice for a salad full of freshness and cover all your summer needs.
- 4 cups English cucumbers, cut in half lengthwise and sliced
- 4 vine tomatoes, chopped
- 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
Add all the vegetables to a large mixing bowl.
In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil, vinegar.
Toss the dressing with the vegetables. Add salt and pepper and toss again, adding more salt and pepper as needed.
Get some cucumbers, and cut them into rounded pieces, do the same thing for the tomatoes by cutting them in medium pieces.
Make the vinaigrette by mixing a ratio of 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar.
You can use your favourite salad oil for this and your favourite vinegar.
Once you are done with all the previous ingredients, you can now mix everything in a bowl and let the vinaigrette do its magic.