Tuesday, September 11, 2012


                                     This has been a good year for some gardens in Maine.There has been

                                      an  abundance of tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, cabbage, corn and

                                      other vegetables I haven't even mentioned.The weather was perfect

                                      this year for the berry crop too, especially blueberries

                                       and strawberries.

                                      The recipe I have for you today is another version of a garden salad.

                                                             Cucumber, Tomato, and Onion Salad

                                          3 cups of chopped cucumber

                                          1/4 medium red onion, chopped

                                          1 large tomato, diced

                                          2 ounces of Calamata olives, halved [1/4 cup]

                                          1/2 cup Feta cheese

                                          1/4 cup fresh chopped mint

                                          6 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

                                          2 Tablespoons White-wine vinegar

                                          1 teaspoon of granulated sugar [or substitute sweetener ]

                                          Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Set aside.

                                          Combine Feta cheese, mint, olive oil, vinegar and sugar

                                          in a blender and blend  until thoroughly combined. If dressing

                                          seems too thick add a little water for desired consistency.

                                          Season dressing with salt and pepper. [ freshly ground, if you have it]

                                          Arrange salad on serving plates and pour dressing on top.

                                          Serve at once.

                                      Even the canned tomatoes are a good source of Vitamins A,& E

                                      and lycopene a powerful antioxidant.There are crushed, diced,

                                      petite diced, so even when you no longer have the garden fresh kind

                                      one can still get the benefitial vitamins needed by eating canned.

                                   Thanks for visiting. I appreciate your comments, Jenny




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