**Award Winning** Cucumber Tomato Salad

**Award Winning** Cucumber Tomato Salad

Last Updated on by Adrienne

Cucumber Tomato Salad

“Are the tomatoes any good?”

This is a question you hear all summer in the South, coming in third place only after “Did [insert Southeast Conference school name here, like Alabama or Ole Miss] win?” and “How’s your mama?”

Heck, for all I know you hear it everywhere, but never having shopped for tomatoes anywhere but the South, I can only speak for those of us that live on the right side of the Mason-Dixon line.

 

Tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, peas & squash gardens usually have an explosion at the end of summer.

Award Winning Cucumber Tomato Salad

If you are from the South, you have had versions of this Cucumber Tomato Salad at office potluck, at July 4th BBQ or after church on Sunday. But never is it better than in the summer, when veggies are plentiful and days are sweltering.

This simple version of my grandmother’s Cucumber Tomato Salad won her a prize once – the tomatoes were sweet and the cucumbers crisp that late Summer.  You can vary the taste to your liking by using balsamic vinegar or adding red onion or bell peppers.

Using a Mandolin in Your Kitchen to Cut Vegetables

Kitchen gadgets are personal. You can get the feel of a particular knife or whisk and can’t use another. Your daughter might use her Kitchen-Aid mixer that she got as a wedding present everyday and you are still using your old 20-year old mixer with the second set of beaters.

But in my opinion, nothing beats the job of slicing like a mandolin. Not only is it quick and efficient, it cuts all the food evenly so that it cooks evenly as well.

Mandolins are sharp and always come with a safety guard. This is a MUST if you have any desire in keeping all ten of your fingertips where The Good Lord and your parents put them!

Here are some reviews and instructions from the professionals at America’s Test Kitchen. Before I checked out this video, I had an old mandolin that was from the Martha Stewart Collection at K-Mart! Talk about OG!

It worked and actually had all the features suggested in the video, but the blade was a little dull so I took advantage of good advice and upgraded to the model they suggest.

 

I took the recommendation from the Test Kitchen (I LOVE THEM – SUPER SMART COOKS!) and upgraded to the highly affordable and easy to use – Swissmar Borner version they recommend.

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Cucumber Tomato Salad

CUCUMBER TOMATO SALAD

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups cucumber seeded and cubed
  • 1 cup Roma tomatoes chopped
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Combine cucumber and tomatoes in large bowl. Stir sugar into warm water until completely dissolved. Add vinegar. Pour over vegetables and season to taste.
  • Refrigerate and allow flavors to meld for at least an hour before serving

Creamy Cucumber and Tomato Salad

Now this version is a little different than the vinegar based type. I don’t know if it has won any awards or blue ribbons, but it’s is a mighty fine alternative when you are trying to use those delicious vegetables before they go bad.

 

Cucumber Tomato Salad

Creamy Cucumber and Tomato Salad

A variation on the vinegar based, but equally delicious.
Course Salad
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 3 medium tomatoes cut into 1″ pieces
  • 2 medium cucumbers cut in half and sliced
  • 1/2 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 1 large garlic clove pressed (2 cloves if you love garlic!)
  • 3 Tbsp mayo
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • Salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • With a serratred knife, cut tomatoes in 1" chunks and thinly slice 1/2 of the onion
  • Combine all of the prepared vegetables in bowl.
  • Mix the dressing into the vegetables. Add salt to taste just before serving.
Tomatoes sliced thick, seasoned and layered with cheese and pesto sauce
Layer your fresh tomatoes with cheese and pesto sauce for a delicious tomato pie.

Cucumber Salad

Cucumbers aren’t as finicky as tomatoes and you can usually rely on a bumper crop. They are delicious preserved as pickles, used in Fancy Lady Lunch finger sandwiches or sliced and served alone in all their glory on a side plate. Here’s a way to turn them into a proper salad dish as well.

Cucumber Tomato Salad

Cucumber Salad

Another summer favorite to use the bounty of the garden and enjoy the delicious and healthy vegetables while they are at their absolute peak is Cucumber Salad. This cucumber salad is cool, light, tangy and refreshing addition to any casual summer supper.

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cucumbers thinly sliced
  • 1 small white onion thinly sliced
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried dill or to taste

Instructions
 

  • Toss together the cucumbers and onion in a large bowl. Combine the vinegar, water and sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, and pour over the cucumber and onions. Stir in dill, cover, and refrigerate until cold. This can also be eaten at room temperature, but be sure to allow the cucumbers to marinate for at least 1 hour.

Notes

For a pretty salad, peel only half of each cucumber, leaving strips of skin on each. Don't make the vinegar solution first and then chop the cucumber because it's important that the vinegar solution be hot to ensure proper flavoring.

 


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