4 Ingredient Tomato, Cucumber & Onion Salad

“Fresh summer ingredients, well year round with our Farmers Market in FL, but this can be made any time of the year for a nice change from a lettuce salad. Now I use Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegar (Basil & Oregano), but you can use any brand. This is available on the web or at many grocery stores. All of our grocery stores in FL carry it, and It is well worth the purchase. Low fat, no oil needed, healthy and is great on seafood, salads, and vegetables. I use it all the time.”
READY IN:
15mins
SERVES:
4-6
YIELD:
4-6 Salads
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 cups heirloom tomatoes, lightly seeded and rough chopped (I like to use a combination of heirlooms, purple, orange, red, yellow, whatever looks best)
  • 1 large sweet onion, cut in quarters and thin sliced (I use a FL sweet, but you want a sweet onion)
  • 2 English seedless cucumbers (cut lengthwise in half, and then again in half, and then seed and then thin slice)
  • 13 cup seasoned rice vinegar, there are many other brands available (Nakano Seasoned Basil & Oregano)
  • 12 cup crouton, crushed and broken up (Garlic cheese, or plain garlic)
  • salt
  • pepper

Directions

  1. Salad -- The tomatoes should be lightly seeded and then rough chopped then added to a medium size bowl. Add the cucumbers, onion and toss lightly. Add the Nakano Rice vinegar, salt and pepper and toss lightly.
  2. If you only have access to plain rice vinegar; 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano and dried basil can be added to 1/2 cup to plain rice wine vinegar to obtain the same flavor. But the Nakano is well worth purchasing even online. It can be used for so many dishes.
  3. Croutons -- In a small baggie or ziplock bag, add the croutons. With a meat mallet, rolling pin, can, or just your hand, "crunch" up the croutons. Not to fine, just a rough texture.
  4. Finishing -- Top the bowl with the croutons and lightly toss.
  5. Serving -- I love to serve this on a lettuce leaf and a sprig of fresh basil for a elegant presentation. I usually serve a toasted baguette on the side. Or if it is just everyday, just serve it as is. It is a great simple salad!

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