Summer Deliciousness

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Salad | 3 comments


Just like The Pioneer Woman, I have many recipes in the archives of this website, and sometimes I find myself googling-- myself (retracing my steps so to speak)!


This summer I’ll add fresh ideas like this Tomato and Cucumber Salad; and take a look back, bringing selected favorites to life with better photos and maybe even a few tips and techniques to boot; always keeping it garden-fresh and as close to the source as I can.


Weird weather patterns have struck the tomatoes, leaving some in random states of ripening; which means spontaneous platters of mixed tomatoes become supreme potluck offerings or patio dinner salads. Then, imagine amplifying the seasonal flavors with a slightly sweet peach dressing.


The salad pulls together a mix of multicolored tomatoes; tiny cherry, heirloom varieties, and bright common types sliced into thick slices surrounded by cucumber moons, thinly sliced purple onions and aromatic basil.


If you don’t know me by now; acrid raw onions are not likely to appear in my repertoire. Slicing a fresh purple onion on a mandoline into thin rings, adding ice water and a spoonful of red wine vinegar tames the onion in about the time it takes to prepare the salad.


For the sweet peach dressing, combine red wine vinegar, a touch of sugar, fresh thyme and a chopped ripe peach together.


Emulsify the dressing by whisking fruity olive oil into the mix; one tablespoon at a time (I used 4 tablespoons) until blended.


 Season with salt and pepper.

Line a platter with tomatoes;then toss the cucumbers with some of the dressing. Finish by placing the cucumber, drained purple onion, and basil in and around the tomato bits. Drizzle the peach dressing over the salad to your liking—on this occasion the salad made an appearance with shrimp marinated in lemony mustard vinaigrette along with Zucchini Pancakes and Tomato Jam.


Ready, set…

Photographs and text used on cococooks belong to me, Peggy Lunde unless linked otherwise.




  1. 6-28-2016

    Oh wow! I will most definitely be creating this salad for a scrumptious summer supper…for two! Barry happens to be allergic to cucumbers, so I’ll just use something else. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe…it sounds so good & looks amazing!

    • 6-28-2016

      Suzie—Don’t tell but MP picked out the cucumbers…how about adding wedges of peach!!!

  2. 6-29-2016

    It looks amazing!

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