Getting enough vegetables in my diet is a constant struggle for me. I just do not love the texture of cooked vegetables when I prepare them at home. I much prefer the crunch of raw vegetables so I steer more towards fresh green salads and chopped raw veggies. While the rest of my family loves steamed broccoli or canned green beans, I often will buy a packaged chopped salad kit and eat that instead. When I stumbled upon this recipe from the Ultimate Reset nutrition plan, I was excited to run right out to the store and get the ingredients.
Speaking of grocery stores, do you guys have a Sprouts? We just got one about four miles from my house and I am in love with it! For one thing the produce is mostly local and does not have all that icky vegetable grade wax all over it. They also have a nice selection of Paleo and gluten-free options that is similar to what you would find at Whole Foods. And, they sell nuts, beans, flours, and candy (!) in bulk. The prices are fairly reasonable and the staff is super friendly and helpful. Two thumbs up from this girl.
I left my local Sprouts armed with beautiful red cherry tomatoes and firm cucumbers. This recipe turned out beautifully and I only made a few adjustments based on my family’s preferences. We don’t do raw onions so I left those out. And, I only had dried herbs on hand so I used those. It still tasted flavorful and delicious! If you are trying to find tasty way to get fresh vegetables into your diet, this Cucumber and Tomato Salad might be a great addition to your menu.
Cucumber – Tomato Salad (courtesy of Ultimate Reset)
2 Tbsp . red wine vinegar
1 tsp . balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp . fresh lemon juice
2 tsp . extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium cucumber partially peeled, halved lengthwise, sliced
1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
1 Tbsp . chopped red onion (optional, I did not use)
1 Tbsp . chopped fresh Italian parsley (or 1/2 Tbsp dried)
1 Tbsp . chopped fresh basil leaves (or 1/2 Tbsp dried)
Himalayan salt to taste; optional
Combine red wine and balsamic vinegars, lemon juice, and oil in a small bowl; mix well. Set aside.
Combine cucumber, tomatoes, onion (if desired), parsley, basil, and salt (if desired), in a large bowl; mix well.