Tomatoes have finally arrived!!! Have you guys seen anything like this? My in-laws have done it again. They sent us home with juicy, sweet heirlooms last weekend and I’ve been nursing them like babies while cooking up a storm in my head of endless recipe ideas. I pretty much came to conclusion that summer tomatoes don’t need much and the most delicious way to enjoy them is the simple way. So, I’m sharing a childhood favorite today. It’s a simple (but ultimate :)) summer heirloom salad that can be served with ANY dish and made in no time. It is truly the best summer salad!
I think it’s safe to say that pretty much every Russian household grew up on cucumber + tomato salad in the summer time. It’s one of those salads that is tasty with any dish and everyone loves it. It’s a simple recipe that consists of cucumbers, tomatoes and sweet onions, tossed in sunflower oil.
Over the years, I’ve tweaked the recipe and added some of my favorites: hello avocado!, cilantro, swapped the sweet onion for red onion. Everything tossed in sunflower oil with squeeze of lemon. Sunflower oil is the key here. It adds that little distinct taste like no other oil without overpowering the sweetness of the tomatoes. And that’s it!!
Serve this alongside your favorite summer dishes. I honestly have yet to come across a dish that this salad did not go well with. Or you can go at it as is just have some crusty bread ready to dip in all that sweet salad juicy goodness.
- 1 large or 2 medium heirloom tomatoes, chopped (2 cups)
- 1 hothouse cucumber, chopped
- 1 avocado, chopped
- ⅓ cup thinly sliced red onion
- ¼ cup fresh chopped cilantro
- 3 Tbsp. sunflower oil
- squeeze fresh lemon juice
- salt and pepper
- In a medium bowl toss the tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, red onion and cilantro with sunflower oil and squeeze of lemon. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.
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