Cucumber Tomato Salad and Dressing

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This lovely Cucumber Tomato Salad and Dressing Recipe is perfect for a casual dinner night or to take along to a potluck or picnic. This delicious, easy salad recipe is full of fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, and basil drizzled with a simple balsamic and oil dressing. You can serve this cucumber tomato salad with whatever main dish you are serving whether it be with chicken, a sandwich or a steak dinner. This salad is even better when everything is in season. You can use whatever mix of tomatoes you like. This salad recipe will keep nicely in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Some of the ingredients in this salad recipe include tomatoes, English cucumbers, basil leaves, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Fresh ingredients make this salad recipe one that you will want to make on a regular basis, full of color and flavor it's sure to be a favorite. Some balsamic vinegars have been aged for more than 100 years. It is this aging process that makes true balsamic vinegar from Modena in Northern Italy so very expensive. Once you try balsamic vinegar, it is sure to become a staple in your kitchen. You can make a simple salad dressing by drizzling a bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar directly onto your salad.

Balsamic vinegar seems vinegar that is more popular than ever before in America, with creative chefs all over the country using it in upscale restaurants. Balsamic vinegar may have only become appreciated within the last two decades in America, but the Italians have been using this sweet vinegar for centuries. The rich, slightly sweet flavor of balsamic vinegar is perfect for vinaigrette dressings, gourmet sauce recipe, where it brings out the sweetness of fresh fruits such as raspberries, peaches, and strawberries.

Using basil in this easy salad recipe is a nice way to bring out the flavors of the vegetables with this fragrant herb. Basil is the fragrant herb that is most often used fresh in cooked recipes. Typically you want to add basil to the recipe at the last minute as cooking can quickly destroy the flavor. When storing fresh basil you can keep it for a short time in a plastic bag in the refrigerator, or for longer periods of time in the freezer, after it is first blanched quickly in boiling water. Basil Chiffonade. When storing fresh basil you can keep it for a short time in a plastic bag in the refrigerator, or for longer periods of time in the freezer, after it is first blanched quickly in boiling water. You can choose to roughly cut up the basil in this salad recipe, or you might consider a basil chiffonade.

A chiffonade is a pile of long, delicate ribbons of herbs that are basically, a julienne of fresh herbs or other greens. Basil is the perfect herb for chiffonades as it makes the herb look nicer in dishes rather than roughly cutting the herb. To start, you'll want first to wash and dry several fresh basil leaves, then stack the leaves on top of one another. The leaves will then be rolled up lengthwise into a tight roll, and using a very sharp knife, and then slice the roll crosswise very thinly. Thank you to Mary at the Barefeet in The Kitchen recipe site for sharing this easy salad recipe for tomato cucumber salad. This is just one of the easy delicious salads you will find on the site. Some of the recipes you will find on the site include simple and easy salads, breakfast ideas, side dish, main dish, desserts, salads, gluten free ideas, sandwich recipes and more. *

Nutrition Facts for: Cucumber Tomato Salad and Dressings from Barefeet In The Kitchen
Ingredients: Tomatoes, English cucumber, basil leaves, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sugar, kosher salt, freshly ground pepper.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 6 servings.* Per Serving: Calories 92, Calories from Fat 66, Total Fat 7.3g 11%, Saturated Fat 1.1g 5%, Cholesterol 0mg 0%, Sodium 201mg 8%, Potassium 354mg 10%, Carbohydrates 7.1g 2%, Dietary Fiber 1.7g 7%, Sugars 4.5g, Protein 1.4g, Vitamin A 23%, Vitamin C 29%, Calcium 2%, Iron 3%

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