|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 4g||5%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||3%|
|Total Carbohydrate 11g||4%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||7%|
|Total Sugars 5g|
|Vitamin C 14mg||68%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This cooling salad is a summer favorite. Cucumbers, tomatoes, basil, red onion, and light balsamic vinaigrette make for an exceptional summer side dish that's even better when it's served on a bed of arugula. Cucumbers are thirst quenching and anti-inflammatory, tomatoes are ultra-rich in lycopene, and basil is a potent antioxidant that is believed to have anti-cancer and antiviral properties.
4 Kirby cucumbers, or 2 Persian cucumbers, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
2 beefsteak tomatoes, or 3 plum tomatoes, cut into wedges
1/2 small red onion, sliced very thinly
1 clove garlic, chopped very finely
1 cup basil leaves
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
Sea salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Gather the ingredients.
Gently toss all ingredients together in a stainless or glass bowl.
- You can cut the vegetables ahead of time, but don't add the dressing ingredients until you're ready to serve. Adding it too soon will turn the cucumbers soft and mushy. If you want to chill the salad before serving, do so as briefly as possible, just long enough to bring it to your desired temperature.
- Slice or tear fresh basil into thin strips for best flavor and presentation.
- If you chop the cucumbers and tomatoes, it's easier to enjoy this salad by scooping it up with chunks of crusty bread.
- You're not limited to making this salad in summer, but it's best when the tomatoes and cucumbers are at their peak freshness.
- You're not limited to Kirby or Persian cucumbers, as long as they're seedless. Otherwise, take a moment to scoop the seeds out first before preparing the salad and pay attention to the size when you're substituting. Kirby cucumbers are about 6 inches long, while Persians can be as much as 2 inches shorter. Don't substitute a large cucumber for a Persian without adjusting the other measurements.
- You can use apple cider vinegar or even red wine vinegar if you don't have balsamic vinegar on hand, but the balsamic vinegar is probably worth a quick trip to the market.
- You can add cheese—preferably feta—if you're not following a dairy-free diet.
- Change up the salad's visual appeal by adding small cherry tomatoes in place of some of the tomato wedges.