Prep Time: 5 minutes
This salad is an easy yet versatile side that is a great addition to any summer meal. Have feta or fresh mozzarella in the fridge? Throw it in! Basil instead of mint! No problem! No vinegar? Add some some zesty lemon. Whichever way you serve it, the core of this dish is simple and versatile and a sure crowd-pleaser to take along to your next BBQ.
You already know that olive oil is good for you, but did you know having a dash of it with tomatoes actually helps you absorb antioxidants? From protecting our hearts to lessening sunburns, lycopene, the antioxidant that gives tomatoes their flaming hue, has a wide range of health benefits. Cucumbers are not only hydrating on a hot summer day but they also have bone strengthening vitamin K and contain antioxidants called cucurbitacins which may protect against cancer. Mint is a flavorful and antioxidant rich spice, and has been shown to help with allergies and arthritis.
In a large bowl, combine cucumbers, tomatoes and onion. Top with olive oil, vinegar, mint, salt and pepper. Stir well to coat evenly. Add more salt and pepper to taste. Delicious when eaten right away or prepare in advance to allow the flavors to mingle.
- 1 english cucumber, chopped into 1 inch pieces
- 2 cups of cherry tomatoes, halved, or about 2 cups of tomatoes cut into 1 inch pieces
- ¼ cup red onion, diced
- 3/4 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
- 1/8 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 teaspoons roughly chopped mint leaves or basil leaves