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It’s summer and it’s hot outside here in Northern California. I thought it would be a great idea to cool off with a glass of sparkling water and a fresh salad. Tomatoes and cucumbers have always been a favorite addition to a salad in my Bosnian family and let me tell you, it’s the BEST! There’s so many different ways to make it, but I felt like adding my own twist to it after going grocery shopping at my local natural foods store.
I went through my kitchen and I paired a few ingredients I haven’t tried together before for the sauce. I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was!
If you’re looking for a refreshing and invigorating summer salad, you must give this one a try!
Seasoned Tomato, Cucumber and Dill Salad with Italian Yogurt Sauce Recipe:
Serves: 2 people
- 1 organic medium cucumber, sliced
- 12 sweet kumquat tomatoes, whole or sliced
- 2 tbsp. plain non-fat greek yogurt
- 3 tbsp. organic fat-free Italian dressing
- ¼ tsp. organic minced garlic
- ¼ tsp. Himalayan salt
- Fresh organic dill, for garnish or seasoning
- Dried cilantro, for seasoning
- Black peppercorn, for seasoning
- Organic paprika, for seasoning
For the salad:
- Rinse the tomatoes and cucumber. Slice the cucumber and set it aside. You can also slice the kumquat tomatoes or leave them whole. It’s completely up to you how you like them.
- Throw the cucumber and tomatoes in a medium bowl and set aside while you prepare the sauce.
For the sauce:
- You will prepare the sauce in a small condiment container. You will start by mixing the greek yogurt, italian dressing, minced garlic, salt, pepper, dried cilantro, and paprika together. Add as much or as little cilantro, pepper, and paprika as you want. I just added a pinch or two.
- Once you have made your sauce, mix it in with the cucumber and tomatoes until you have spread out the sauce evenly throughout the salad.
- Lastly, garnish your salad with fresh dill and enjoy!
- When I have the option, I always opt in for purchasing local, organic and sustainable ingredients.
- You can use dry or fresh ingredients for the seasoning, but I recommend following the ingredients in my recipe.
- If you want to prepare your salad and save it for later, you can store the tomatoes and cucumber in a mason jar. I don’t recommend mixing the sauce in with the salad if you aren’t going to eat it right away. Place the sauce in it’s own container until you are ready to use it.
There you go! Now you have a salad with a perfect balance of sweet, salty, spicy, and fresh!
PS: I HIGHLY recommend pairing it with two toasted slices of ciabatta bread! YUM!