Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Basil and Dijon Vinaigrette

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I was lucky enough to be given some home-grown cucumbers, and then I went and picked these tomatoes and some basil from my garden.  If you don’t have access to garden-fresh produce you can visit your local farmer’s market, or just try to find some that look tasty in the produce store.  I like cherry tomatoes and the smaller cucumbers because they and often the tastiest option from the produce store.

I don’t use measuring tools to make my salad dressing, so the ingredients are ‘a little of this, a little of that’ and then you can taste your own way to a yummy dressing.

What you need:

some tomatoes

some cucumbers

part of a sweet onion

a few sprigs of fresh basil

dijon mustard

a little sugar

salt and freshly ground pepper

apple cider vinegar

olive oil

What you do:

1. Cut the tomatoes and cucumbers into bite-sized pieces.  Cut a bit of onion into smaller pieces.  Put them all into a bowl.

2. To make the dressing, put a small spoonful of dijon into a bowl or cup. Add a few pinches of sugar and a little salt and pepper.  Combine these, then pour in a touch of vinegar and mix it up.  Add a few tablespoons more vinegar and mix it, then slowly add some olive oil.  When you’ve mixed in a few tablespoons of olive oil, have a taste and see if you need more oil or anything else.  It shouldn’t taste too acidic, but you also don’t want it to be too oily.

3. Pour some salad dressing over the veggies and toss them until everything is coated.  Chop up a few leaves of basil and garnish the salad with them.

Enjoy!

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