Thursday, December 9, 2010

Friday Quick Bites

Cucumber, Tomato, Basil Salad with Lime Dressing
cucumber tomato basil salad

Here is a quick and easy salad that is sure to please. With just three core ingredients, this salad’s simple construction belies its complex flavor. In addition to the ease with which this recipe comes together, its combination of sweet grape tomatoes, cool cucumbers, and fragrant basil make it a go-to side dish when I’m crunched for time or when I just crave something crisp and refreshing!

Cumber, Tomato, Basil Salad Recipe

1 English (hothouse) cucumber

2 cups of grape tomatoes

¼ cup of fresh basil


Begin by splitting and seeding the cucumber, and then slice the cucumber into ¼ inch half moons. Then split the grape tomatoes lengthwise.

Finally, chiffonade the fresh basil by stacking the leaves, rolling them into a basil cigar, and slicing them into thin strips.

Combine all of the ingredients together in a bowl and then add the following dressing:

Lime Vinaigrette Recipe: This Recipe is Super Easy Too!

Juice of 1 lime

1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon of honey

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper


Combine all of the ingredients in a container (I like to use a 2-cup measuring cup) and whisk (or stir vigorously with a fork) until it has emulsified.

Pour on your salad and enjoy!

cucumber tomato basil salad

spicy tomato basil  cucumber edamame salad
This one has edamame and parmesan, too! Oh and looks like I left the basil leaves intact. Also good!