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Doesn’t this just look like spring? So fresh and pretty, I just love fresh vidalia onions and start of the season tomatoes.  This salad is a great compliment to any meal for super easy and fresh side.

To make this salad you will need:


  • 1 large cucumber
  • 1/2 large vidalia onion or 1 small
  • 1 large tomato and about 15 cherry tomatoes. ( you can also do fine with 2 large tomatoes.
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil or a Mediterranean blend is nice too.
  • 1/8 cup red wine vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 handful of fresh basil and tsp of garlic powder *not pictured

We can start by pouring in the Olive oil and Vinegar into a large pretty bowl. Why pretty? Um because I want to 🙂  I added about three of the basil leaves and just gave them a tear before I threw them in. Added the a pinch of salt and pepper as well. By the way I use kosher salt I like the punch it gives food.  (Watch for me to start using a new salt soon too ! I can’t wait!! shhhh can’t tell yet.)

cuctom5Set bowl aside. Get out your chopping board and your favorite knife, c’mon we all have one. I starting with the cucumber I love slicing it give me such feeling of control! Look how pretty! Don’t you love spring veggies!

cuctom2Put into bowl with Vinegar and Olive Oil mixture and onto the tomatoes, I dices mine but you can slice or quarter how ever you like, the cherry tomatoes I just cut in half….

cuctom3Then into the bowl and I am skipping the picture of the vidalia onions because well I was crying and could not pick up my tablet but this is what it looked like in the bowl when I was done.

cuctom4Now time for a stir! Using a large give that salad a stir making sure everything is coated with the Olive Oil and Vinegar mixture. Now sprinkle in another dash of salt (unless you are using garlic salt) and pepper about 1 tsp of garlic powder or garlic salt if you do have the salt instead do not throw in the last pinch of salt just use this.  I use garlic salt so real garlic doesn’t over power this salad. Stir around once more.  Take your handful of basil and give it a good chiffonade cut. (Roll leave together and pinch into a bundle then cut it into strips) and lay on top of your salad. Make a beautiful presentation and that fresh flavor really takes it over the top. If you love oregano or parsley use that!! I am just partial to basil.

cuctom6And wallah you have a beautiful side salad for any picnic or dinner. cuctom7