Sometimes in life it is good to just go back to the basics. Having this blog has been great and has challenged me to create and try lots of new recipes that I have loved sharing with all of you. I consider myself very lucky to have such a supportive and cooperative husband, who is willing to try anything (well, except for the Cuban Citrus Sour Cream Pie due to a large whipped cream phobia), but I am sure sometimes he just wishes I would put something easy and basic on the table every now and then.
Spend any time in the South and you are sure to wind up at a Meat & 3 at some point. It is counter service at its best with the most delicious spread of all things Southern. Green beans, fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, fried okra, biscuits and gravy and the one and only (sort of) thing that is remotely healthy, but absolutely a necessity on your plate is the cucumber, tomato and onion salad. It is seriously one of the easiest and most basic dishes to make, but boy is it good. Just something about the way the flavors all meld together in such a sweet, tart and tangy way is so darn good. Drew travels to some pretty small towns and there aren’t that many options for client lunches, so he finds himself quite often (and without much objection) at meat and 3s and one of his favorite dishes is the cucumber, tomato and onion salad. Our fridge is overloaded with fresh produce right now and when I needed another side dish for our burgers the other night, this hit the spot. I really do love getting creative in the kitchen, but sometimes the most basic and simple dishes are just what a meal calls for and I can tell you that I had one happy husband and several clean plates. I hope you enjoy and find yourself getting back to the basics every now and then, too.
A basic but delicious and fresh summer salad.
- 1 cucumber peeled, chopped
- 1 beefsteak tomato, chopped
- 1/4 sweet Vidalia onion, sliced
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
- In a large bowl, combine the cucumber, tomato and onion. Add olive oil and vinegar and toss to coat. Season with salt & pepper. Let marry about 30 minutes on the counter. Toss mixture and serve at room temperature.
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