Cucumber Tomato Basil Salad

Ali Segersten Jul 10, 2009
HEIRLOOM TOMATO CUCUMBER BASIL SALAD-2

After a temporary break of much needed spring-like rain, summer is back! We spent the day at the beach. The kids waded in the ocean and found purple and orange starfish in the tide pools. The boys were happy to dig in the sand for a few hours. And me? Well I got to lounge in the sun and talk with a friend while I ate this refreshing summer salad.

Here I used English cucumbers and basil from the Farmer's Market, and local heirloom tomatoes from our food co-op. Add shaved parmesan cheese or fresh mozzarella cheese if you tolerate dairy products!

If you have any additional ways to use the bounty of summertime cucumbers then please share them in the comment section below. Happy Summer!

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Shira - Thanks, experimenting in the kitchen is fun, isn't it! I will check out your blog, happy cooking!

-Ali :)

Your gluten free raspberry scone looks so delicious! I can't wait to try them. I've been exploring a lot in the kitchen. I just created my own blog that you should check out www.thehealthymix.wordpress.com
Thanks for sharing your recipes :)

Shira

Thanks Lisl - yes lots of variations here. I like minimal prep time in the summer too, just so much to do, why spend your time cooking! :)

Shirley - I think your version sounds like a meal, maybe with a little leftover salmon - that would be gfe, huh! :)

-Ali :)

That is a very lovely salad. :-) I'd add red onion for sure. And, I made a baked ricotta dish (from Robin Sue's blog) the other night and had some of the baked ricotta left over. You crumble it like feta, so that would probably be great on top of this salad. A nice contrast to the red onions.

Thanks, Ali!
Shirley

Hi Ali,
This salad looks wonderful! Just the right thing for light summer suppers. We're always short on prep time, since we're usually out enjoying the nice weather, so this quick salad is a nice idea... and there are many yummy possible variations as well.

Diane - Thanks! :)

Dot - Glad you enjoyed it, thanks for the feedback. :)

Joyce - Happy to hear you enjoy this salad too. With such common ingredients, I am sure there are lots of similar recipes out there! :)

-Ali

Ali and Tom,

I have made your cucumber salad before and have thoroughly enjoyed every bite. We have a friend, Charlie, who makes one that is very similar. I think he adds onions. Oh, any variation of this salad is just great. Hope your sweet family is doing well.

This salad is so delicious and perfect for summer! The basil really adds a great flavor; I really enjoyed it by adding the black olives and feta cheese - "greek salad" extraordinaire! Thanks for such a tasty, easy recipe!

This looks delicious. I love your ideas for more choices in the comments. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing this on Friday Foodie Fix.

Thanks Sue! :)

Once again, you come up with a great combination. I never would have thought of baby beets! Thanks. S

Sue - I think adding a variety of fresh garden veggies in place of the tomatoes would work great. I would try raw, tender green beans and thinly sliced baby beets. Sweet onions would be another nice addition. If you come up with anything else, let us know!

Thanks, Ali :)

Oh, I save my nightshade quota for vine ripe tomatoes and this is a perfect choice. For those of us who limit our nightshade consumption, do you have any tasty alternatives for tomatoes in this recipe?

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