Thin-skinned English cucumbers, with or without the peel, work well in this salad.

serves 6

4 – 5

large vine-ripened tomatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds)


teaspoon table salt 


tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 


tablespoons lemon juice from 1 lemon


cup finely chopped red onion 


cup finely chopped fresh mint leaves 


ground black pepper 


medium cucumbers peeled, quartered, seeded, cut into 1/4-inch pieces, tossed with 2 teaspoons salt in strainer or colander set over bowl, and drained about 1 hour (discard liquid)

1. Core and halve tomatoes, then cut each half into 4 or 5 wedges. Toss wedges with salt in large bowl; let rest until small pool of liquid accumulates, 15 to 20 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, whisk oil, lemon juice, red onion, parsley, and pepper to taste in small bowl. Pour mixture over tomatoes and accumulated liquid and toss to coat.  Rest to blend flavors, about 5 minutes.

3. Add drained cucumber pieces; toss to combine. Adjust seasonings and serve immediately.

– Erin Wulff

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