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Classic Italian Tomato & Cucumber Salad

  • Author: Roz Corieri Paige & Retha Santi Corieri | La Bella Vita Cucina

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Ingredients

46 fresh, ripe, firm tomatoes, sliced or quartered
12 cucumbers, peeled, sliced or quartered)
1 small red onion, diced
1/3 cup minced Italian parsley
6 Tbsp. olive oil
3 Tbsp. red wine vinegar (with a dash of balsamic vinegar, if you like)
OR
Good Seasons Italian dressing prepared according to package instructions
Freshly cracked sea salt & freshly cracked black pepper

OPTIONAL:
Basil, chopped
Chives, chopped
Garlic, minced
Capers, chopped
Castelvetrano green olives, chopped or sliced
Anchovy fillets, cut into small pieces
Imported Italian canned tuna (it’s delicious!)


Instructions

  1. Slice the tomatoes and cucumbers as you prefer.
  2. Either put them in a mixing bowl together or plate the tomatoes alternating with the cucumber slices.
  3. Add the red onion and Italian parsley and any other optional ingredients that you prefer.
  4. Either drizzle on 6 Tbsp of olive oil and 3 Tbsp. red wine vinegar OR Good Seasons Italian dressing, using just enough to coat the vegetables.
  5. Season generously with freshly cracked sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper.
  6. Add any other optional ingredient listed above or of your own choice.
  7. Allow the salad to set and ‘macerate’ for 5 – 10 minutes.
  8. Garnish with sprigs of fresh basil leaves if you like, or simply sprinkle more chopped parsley leaves.
  9. Serve immediately.