Food You Can Eat: Tomato and Cucumber Salad

What's old is new again.

It's not pretty, but it tastes pretty good.

First things first:  As things started to cool down around here last year, we also started getting more rain, which meant the tomato plants finally started to produce decently (and the goddamned squirrels had other water sources than my vegetables).  So, I was finally able to get around to making this salad from my grandmother’s recipe collection. 

A caveat before we get started:  The recipe doesn’t specify a particular type of vinegar, but I used red wine vinegar because I figured that would work better with the recipe than apple cider or balsamic.

Here’s what you’ll need:

2 Lg. Tomatoes, thinly sliced

½ Lg. Cucumber, thinly sliced

2 Green Onions, sliced

1 Green Pepper, julienne


2 Tbsp. Oil

1 Tbsp. Vinegar

1 tsp. Sugar

½ tsp. Salt

¼ tsp. Ginger, ground

2 Tbsp. Parsley

Place veggies in a bowl in the following layers:  tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and green pepper.

Place all dressing ingredients in a jar and shake well.  Pour over the veggies.

Chill for at least 15 minutes before serving.

For a mid-century recipe, this is shockingly in tune with my modern sensibilities.

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  1. Is putting out water for the squirrels an option for keeping them from the tomatoes? I have an ornamental water basin in my garden, and I sometimes see squirrels drinking from it.

    Of course, the squirrels may like tomatoes too much to stop.

    • Those little fuckers wouldn’t drink the water unless I cleaned the bird bath tops I was using every day.  Good news is that this year we’ve been getting decent rain so I hope they won’t be thieving the tomatoes so much.  They still steal strawberries, but I’m going to built some fortresses later this summer to put that shit to a cold stop.

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