Recipe: WYSIWYG Cucumber Salad

WYSIWYG = What You See Is What You Get.
Sorry, I’ve been spending too much time in the nerdy website design industry.

Anyways, here is a tasty late-summer salad for all those fresh cukes and tomatoes in your garden and at the summer farmer’s markets.

WYSIWYG Cucumber Salad

Last weekend we had a “Roommate Reunion” dinner party with all the girls I shared a house with in college. This salad turned out to be a great complement to the grilled veggie pasta main dish. And when a couple ladies asked about the salad ingredients? Yep… what you see is what you get.

Annotated Ingredients:

• Cucumbers, peeled and cubed in bite-sized or smaller pieces
(I have both regular green cukes from TheBossLady’s garden and some lemon cukes that were 5/$1 at the market.)
• Ripe Cherry or Plum Tomatoes, sliced in half
(I am using a pretty mix of orange, red, and purple ones from the market. Save some for garnish.)
• Feta Cheese, crumbled
(Unless you’re a cheesefreak, get the sale brand. With the powerful dressing, it’s more about texture.)
• Salami, sliced in thin strips (about 1/4″ wide)
(Spring for the good, pre-sliced dry salami… the flavor is perfect with the sweet fruit and tangy dressing).
• Your favorite Balsamic Vinaigrette
(Make your own if you like. I’m saving time and using the bottle of Newman’s Own Balsamic we had in the fridge. They list the following ingredients: Vegetable Oil, Water, Balsamic Vinegar, Salt, Sugar, Garlic, Distilled Vinegar, Spice, Onion, Red Bell Pepper, Xanthan Gum, Paprika for color)
Fresh Black Pepper to taste

Preparation (The simplest thing ever):

  1. In a large bowl, add the cucumber cubes, halved tomatoes, and salami strips. Sprinkle in a generous helping of feta, and add pepper as you like. Drizzle enough Balsamic dressing to make it all extra shiny —  the cukes and tomatoes will add more “juice,” so careful not to add too much! Add pepper if you like.
  2. Toss it all together lightly with a big spoon and put it in a pretty glass bowl so people can see the fresh colors. Add the extra halved tomatoes and any left over feta for garnish, and maybe whatever fresh herbs you have in the fridge.
  3. When people say, “Mmm! Good salad! What’s in it?” just say “Exactly what it looks like. Thank you!”

See the salad? Nope! Because it's all gone! And so is the wine thta used to be in that glass...

Does TheOtherEmilie see what's in the salad? Nope, because it's all gone! Uhm... and so is the wine that used to be in that bottle...

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