With summer here cooking seems to get a little easier, especially since my husband takes over! We tend to grill out quite a bit during the summer, this year will be a little more fun with our swanky new grill. Yes, that was an unexpected expense that we had to fork out when our poor Weber took a digger when I moved it the day before we had 20 people coming for a cook out. Who knew that a 15 year old grills legs would fall off if moved from it’s spot of honor for the last few years? If I didn’t know better I would have thought my husband sabotaged it just to get the new grill 🙂
Since our meat tends to be simpler (grilled burgers, brats, etc) I tend to make the sides simpler also. One of our favorite sides are:
Fresh tomatoes – chopped to bit size
Cucumber – sliced
Onion – small amount chopped
Italian seasoning (herbs, not the packet)
Dash of oil (vegetable, canola, olive – whatever your preference)
In a bowl mix together the fresh vegetables in whatever amount you prefer. I’m not a big cucumber fan so I tend to put more tomatoes and less cucumbers but it’s up to your personal preference. I would caution about to much onion as that could overpower it a bit.
Sprinkle on Italian seasoning to taste, add a dash of salt/pepper and top with a little of the oil. How much oil would depend upon how many vegetables you use. If I’m using about 3 – 4 tomatoes I’ll use about 1 Tablespoon or less of oil. You want to be careful about using to much oil as you don’t want the dish to taste oily.
It’s best to give this dish a little bit of time to sit so the flavors come together. I would not recommend making it the day before a party, it doesn’t keep for more than a day or so.
Do you have a tomato salad recipe you’d like to share?