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Tomato-Cucumber Salad Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Ron Orme

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
1 1/2 lb. ripe tomatoes
Pinch each of kosher salt and black pepper
Pinch of sugar
2 medium cucumbers
1/2 large red onion
30 small fresh basil leaves

Dressing: 1/2 c. olive oil
1/4 c. red wine vinegar
Black pepper
1 tsp. kosher salt
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. dried oregano

Directions:
Directions:
Core the tomatoes and cut lengthwise into 6 to 8 wedges. Cut each wedge in half crosswise. Place tomatoes in a big bowl and wake them up with a big pinch of salt, pepper, and sugar. Cut the ends off the cucumbers and use a vegetable peeler to make long strip in the skin. Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise and then crosswise into 1/4-inch slices. Add to the tomatoes. Peel the onion and cut lengthwise into slivers. Dump the onions in with the tomatoes and cucumbers and give everything a good tossing.

Clean and dry the basil leaves. Stack them on top of one another and roll lengthwise into a tight cigar. Cut crosswise into thin strips and stir into the salad.

Throw together a batch of dressing. Whisk all the ingredients together in a small bowl. Pour over the tomatoes and cucumbers.

Marinate the salad at room temperature for several hours. Serve when your're ready, and refrigerate the leftovers -- if there are any.

 

 

 

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