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This Cucumber Salad with Tomato and Dill was exactly what I needed for lunch while buried deep working on cookbook #2. It’s fast, fresh and uses ingredients that are in my garden this time of year! The healthy factor helps as well, this salad is chock full of everything good for you; onions, olive oil, tomatoes, cucumbers….it’s a great health fix so that you can have ice cream later. Or is that just me?

Cucumber Salad with Tomato and Dill in a large white serving bowl
Cucumber Salad with Tomato and Dill in a large white serving bowl

Cucumber Salad is Fresh and Easy

Easy is what I needed! Cucumber salad is a cheap and delicious way to take advantage of the produce that is available during the summer, in the stores and in your own backyard!

Being buried in cookbook work is a painful joy. I do ALL of it myself, the recipes, food cooking and staging and photos so it’s an incredibly enormous amount of work. Like, almost mind boggling, actually, when  I stop to think about how much work it is and to be honest a lot of people are surprised when I tell them the entire thing was done by me. Believe it or not, it’s not the standard (yet) that cookbook authors style and shoot their own photos and all of the content. With the influx of food bloggers into the cookbook world however, it’s becoming more and more common, but honestly, name any “big” name food star and they totally don’t do their own photos. We food bloggers are already doing this every day on our food blogs, so honestly, it’s just another day at the zoo.

That’s also what happens when you are a type A : there is no way I could hire a photographer for my own book, it would drive me crazy. And then there’s the obvious “why pay someone else when I can do it myself” mentality. I’m cheap!

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However, judging from the amazing reception of cookbook #1 , Flapper Pie & a Blue Prairie Sky, this one will be worth it again. I hope.  There’s always a deep seated fear that no one is going to like my next book ( an unfounded fear, I hope) and I obviously love to stress out about things I can’t control. It’s my gig.

Cucumber Salad with Tomato and Dill in a large white serving bowl
Cucumber Salad with Tomato and Dill in a large white serving bowl

With the last days of summer slipping by faster than I can stand, it’s also now tomato season in my backyard, which means that we eat more fresh tomato based dishes now than we do all year. This cucumber salad has tomato and dill, and is one of the many salads that I’ve eaten this week thanks to my small garden. That’s another story entirely; my garden this year is sad, lonely and weedy. I figure that it’s going to be a sad garden every second year when I have a cookbook due, there’s just not enough time!

Happy non-cooking everyone! Get out there and enjoy these last few weeks of summer!

Love,

Karlynn

 

 

Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Dill. This is easily made with ingredients straight from your summer garden!

Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Dill
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Fresh and easy dilled tomato and cucumber salad! I love that I have all the ingredients in my garden and pantry all summer long!
Course: salads
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cucumber salad
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Karlynn Johnston
Ingredients
  • 4 cups of cherry tomatoes sliced in half
  • 1 large cucumber sliced thin
  • 1 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1.  In a large bowl, mix together the tomatoes, cucumbers and onion.
  2. Combine the remaining ingredients in a lidded jar; shake to combine, Pour over the vegetables and then toss to mix. Refrigerate for at least an hour to blend the flavours.
  3. Mix again right before serving and use a slotted spoon to serve, allowing the juices to drain through.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Betty Crocker

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Author

Hey guys, I'm Karlynn! Welcome to The Kitchen Magpie, my website full of family friendly recipes, cocktails & homesteading tales of chickens & cows from the family farm! Make sure to check out my bestselling cookbook, Flapper Pie & a Blue Prairie Sky ,stay tuned for info on my second cookbook!

1 Comment

  1. Ruth Lehman Reply

    This is a great salad when cucumbers and tomatoes are in season. The only change I made was doubling up on the dill. I would definitely make this again. Thanks Ruth

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