When I think of summer foods, I’m always reminded of the delicious and refreshing fruits and veggies available. Tomatoes are usually in season starting in May and are one of the most nutritious fruits. And yes they are in fact fruits. They’re packed full of potassium, calcium, vitamin K and plenty more nutrients. Let’s not forget that they’re almost 95% water as well so they’re perfect for helping our bodies stay hydrated. Just keep in mind, while they may not taste it, tomatoes have a high acidity level so if you’re prone to heartburn just be cautious.
Another technically defined fruit is cucumbers. While most people, myself included, group both tomatoes and cucumbers as vegetables, they are defined in the Oxford dictionary as being fruits. Whichever they may be, they’re delicious! Cucumbers are also great at keeping us hydrated because they’re also over 95% water and are another great source of Vitamin K as well as Vitamin C.
The recipe below for my Summer Salad showcases both of those beautifully. It’s simple and easy to make but is packed with delicious nutrients to help our bodies stay hydrated in the heat. Another great reason why I love this recipe is that how versatile it is. You can eat the salad just as is, throw a scoop over your favorite greens, and even on top of some multigrain toast. I like to make a good size amount and store it in my fridge for the week, the longer it sits, the more flavor it develops!
Simple Summer Salad
Prep time 10 minutes
3 Vine Tomatoes
2 Garden Cuccumbers OR 1 English Cuccumber
1/4 White Onion
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1/2 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar (add more your taste)
1/4 Cup finely chopped fresh Basil OR 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
Finely chop all the ingredients into little cubes, this will help the flavors marry together
well. Once everything is chopped up, combine in a bowl and add the dressings and seasonings. Then fold all the ingredients into each other until well blended and transfer into a storage container. The salad can usually stay in the refrigerator for 5 -7 days, if it even makes it that far. 🙂