Fresh tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella…three of my favorite things to eat, in one great salad…Caprese Salad! It makes a nice lunch or light dinner. And in the summer, if you have a garden and grow tomatoes and basil, it’s so nice to be able to go out to your backyard and pick your meal fresh from the garden! Here’s a gardening tip too: instead of using bug sprays on your tomato or basil plants, plant big bunches of marigolds near them—I’ve found that marigolds are great at helping to keep the bugs away!Continue reading
If you’ve never made roasted tomatoes, you’re missing out—especially if you love tomatoes! While I like eating them fresh from the garden, roasting them gives the tomatoes such a rich flavor. They’re so easy to make, too!Continue reading
I’ve been seeing lots of fall recipes just about everywhere lately, and this Bean and Barley Soup is a great recipe for the summer-into-fall time of year and all winter long, for that matter! Not only does this soup have healthy beans and barley in it, it also has lots of veggies and it’s cooked in a veggie broth. So if you make it in the fall, you can use veggies from your garden or the Farmer’s Market. Or make it in the winter when it’s cold outside—there’s nothing like a hot bowl of soup on a winter day! Continue reading
If you like hummus, this is a great way to serve it as a casual meal! This Hummus Pizza uses your favorite store-bought or homemade hummus as the base, instead of tomato sauce, and is topped with lots of healthy goodies like cucumber slices, marinated artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, cherry or grape tomatoes, green onions, and feta cheese. These flavors are all great together and it’s kinda nice eating a pizza that’s good for you! Continue reading
If you like tart and tangy, savory and salty flavors, then this is a salad you may want to try! I decided to make this when my friend Greg gave me some cucumbers from his garden. You can’t go wrong combining cucumbers with tomatoes, but when you add in some feta cheese and Kalamata olives, that really gives this salad a special zing! The “dressing” in this salad is very simple…just some lemon juice and olive oil. So there are lots of healthy ingredients in this. If you don’t have cherry tomatoes, you can chop up larger tomatoes into chunks and that should work fine. If you have a garden, it’s a great way to use all those cucumbers and tomatoes you’re growing this summer!
TOMATO CUCUMBER SALAD WITH FETA by NancyC
Makes about 5 servings
- 1 pint (2 cups) grape or cherry tomatoes, halved lengthwise
- 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 cup coarsely crumbled feta cheese (about 1/4 lb.)
- 2 small to medium cucumbers, diced into 1/2″ chunks (about 2 cups diced)
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced (slice both the white onion part and green stems)
- 1 cup pitted and sliced or halved Kalamata olives
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
In large bowl, toss the tomatoes with the thyme, salt, pepper, and feta cheese.
Add in the cucumber, green onions, and olives; toss with the tomato/feta cheese mixture, tossing everything together well (you can let this mixture sit at room temperature up to 1 hour before serving). Just before serving, add the lemon juice and olive oil and toss everything together well. Season with additional salt and pepper if desired.
I love using fresh veggies from the garden or farmer’s market in summer recipes! Are you growing any veggies this summer?