I usually don't wait for summer to get here. I will buy tomatoes and cucumbers all year long just to get that fresh taste I love in this salad to keep me thinking of the warmer weather ahead.
Here all you need to have:
Cucumbers sliced in half and seeds removed
extra virgin olive oil
red wine or balsamic vinegar
oregano, basil, parsley fresh when possible or dried
salt, pepper to taste
minced garlic or granulated garlic
In a medium sized bowl add wedges of tomatoes, cucumbers and beans. Drizzle with around 3 tablespoons olive oil and two tablespoons or more to taste of vinegar of your choice. Sprinkle over the top all the fresh or dried chopped herbs, salt, pepper to taste and minced garlic.
Better when this sits around an hour. Put on a plate and serve with crusty Italian bread.
Optional items to add (you can turn this to a Southwest style by adding lemon juice, avocado and shrimp with cilanto):
Sliced olives of any kind, beets, cooked garbanzo beans (chick peas) zucchini, hard boiled eggs, cooked meat slices like pepperoni, salami, capicola, croutons, any kind of cheeses (feta, swiss, sharp provolone etc) sliced peppers, or any other kind of raw or roasted peppers, cooked greens, kidney beans, string beans cooked, corn, diced avocado
Make it to your families taste.
+claudia lamascolo Author