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Cucumber Tomato Salad

Hey foodies. I hope you all have had a great week. We have been enjoying some beautiful weather in Harrisonburg this week, so I was in the mood to make something fresh and cool. Therefore, for the end of Health Haze week, I am bringing you one of my favorite salad recipes, cucumber and tomato salad.

Thing you will need:

  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 small carton of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 small sweet onion
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ tbsp. dried oregano
  • 1 ½ tbsp. sugar

First you will need to cut your cucumber into bite sized pieces, half your cherry tomatoes (any other kind of tomato will work too, but I think the cherry ones hold up better) and cut your onion into small slices. Feel free to add any other vegetables you like; I am adding green peppers because I love them, but they aren’t necessary. In a small bowl, whisk together all of the non-vegetable ingredients. You will need to whisk rather rapidly to dissolve the sugar and combine the vinegar and oil (you can also use a blender or food processor if you want it to do the work for you). Season with salt and pepper to flavor. Then add the cut vegetables to a bowl and pour the marinade over them. Let sit in the refrigerator covered for at least 1 hour so the flavors have a chance to combine. This is a great dish to bring to a potluck or enjoy alongside any dinner and it’s delicious and healthy. Enjoy the weekend foodies!


Cool Off with Ice

Rita’s Italian Ice is one of the most delicious Italian ice dessert chains with over 50 flavors including lemon, strawberry, chocolate and even cookies and cream.  Since today is the first day of Spring and Rita’s 20th Spring season they are celebrating with FREE ice for all their customers who come in today March 20, 2012.  Each customer is allowed one free regular sized ice any flavor they like.  If you live near a Rita’s or know one relatively close to you go out and get your free ice, you won’t regret it.

For those of us who aren’t so lucky as to have a Rita’s on the corner here is a homemade strawberry Italian ice recipe from Tasteofhome.com.  It is a very simple recipe with only a few ingredients, yet still looks delicious. Check out the link below and take some time to look at other recipes Taste of Home has to offer.


Happy first day of Spring,


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