There is nothing better on a hot day than this salad. It is cool, refreshing, and tastes like summer. It is also surprisingly filling. I’ve been eating this for lunches at work because of the surplus of cherry tomatoes and cucumbers in the garden right now. This salad with a big bowl of local watermelon on the side… you will be in your happy place. And stuffed. But also super happy and ready to take on the 90 degree temps we have been having all week. Recipes like this prove again that eating simple, fresh, and natural foods does NOT have to be boring or taste bland. Please don’t think that is ever the case! This is packed with flavor and is totally good for you!
One of the best things we ever gave up was bottled salad dressing. If you look at the ingredients, they are really not good for you, at all. Loaded with fillers and chemicals and strange ingredients. Why put that in your body when homemade salad dressing is SO easy to make and full of endless possibilities. Not to mention, you probably already have everything you need on hand to make it! Yay! Our go-to is what I will call “balsamic italian” lolol. It is olive oil, balsamic vinegar, a squeeze of dijon mustard, and italian seasoning (or you could use whatever herbs you like!). That is it! This is awesome dressing for any type of salad. You can easily make whatever type of dressing you want by just following this general rule: 3 parts olive oil to 1 part vinegar. You don’t have to keep 100% to that, but the dressing normally tastes best if you stay close to that range. So ditch the bottled dressing and have fun creating your own at home!
Normally I make this salad up just a day or 2 in advance and I leave the dressing on the side until I am ready to eat it. It is so quick to make though that I can whip it up in the morning before work and throw it right in my lunch box. Tomatoes have their best flavor when they are stored on the counter, not in the refrigerator. I didn’t know this until a few years ago when a friends mom had all of her tomatoes sitting in a bowl on the counter. But it is true! So just a little tip if you didn’t know already, keep your tomatoes on the counter until you are ready to use them! I think red onion adds an awesome taste to this salad, but if you aren’t a red onion fan, any type will work, or just leave them out all together.
- 4 cucumbers, chopped
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- ¼ of a red onion, sliced
- 2-4 ounces feta (your preference)
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- ½ teaspoon italian seasoning
- In a bowl, mix together cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and feta. Chill until ready to serve.
- In a small bowl, mix together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, and italian seasoning. Keep dressing on the side until serving. Depending how much dressing you like, you can double the dressing if needed.