It’s peak season for my tomato and cucumber plants, so I have a lot of them I have to figure out what to do with every day. One of my favorite things to do is make a simple salad with just cucumbers and tomatoes. They are versatile ingredients that you can adapt to different flavors. My favorite styles are Greek, Italian and Japanese. Just by changing the type of vinegar and spices, you can make all three different flavors with the same base of tomatoes and cucumber.
These recipes will not include exact amounts because I don’t measure anything for these salads. I mix everything together, taste and adjust as needed.
Heirloom tomato and cucumber salad
Prep time: 10 minutes
For every salad:
Cucumbers, diced and peeled if desired
Tomatoes (a variety of cherry, grape, slicer, ugly, etc. or all the same kind)
Salt and pepper
Red wine vinegar
Feta cheese or chunky cut fresh buffalo mozzarella
Toasted sesame oil
Toasted sesame seeds