Sunday, September 12, 2010

Ann's Tomato/ Cucumber and Basil salad

I've had so many requests for this recipe and my baked beans, that I decided to post them. Just kind of developed this thru the years and of course, one of the "secrets" is really good tomatoes, like the one in So. Missouri!! It is nice to mix tomatoes like red and yellow, large and cherry, heirloom, etc. Same with the cucumberas. Friends gave me some the English ones as well as the regular and they looked and tasted great together. so use some imagination and what you can find or firends are kind enough to give you, and go with it. You could also try some different basils but I generally like the big leaf basil or some of the ruby basil mixed with it. Great summer barbeque dish!! fresh and light!!

  1. 3 large tomatoes, sliced or use large and cherry sliced in half, or smaller ones also sliced

  2. 1 large cucumber or 2 smaller, mix regular and English too

  3. 2 green onions, I also like red onions sliced thin, and use them lots

  4. 3 Tablespoons Italian dressing(I like Kraft Lite Zesty Italian, but Wishbone is good too)

  5. 1 Tablespoon good Balsamic vinegar (You can use cider vinegar too)

  6. 2 tablespoons or more of fresh Basil, cut up on top

  7. 1/4 teaspoon salt

  8. Sprinkle of Lawry's seasoned pepper and garlic salt

Slice tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions and place in a pretty bowl. Drizzle all over with vinegar and Italian dressing. Cut up the Basil over the top and sprinkle with seasonings. With a fork, toss lightly. Serve garnished with pieces of parsley. Keeps several days and if you have dressing left in bottom of bowl, just add some more tomato, cucumber and onion and toss. Everyone loves this!! Great on burgers too...

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