Cucumber and Tomato Salad

 If you are looking for an inexpensive side salad yet delicious, look no further because this cucumber and tomato salad is packed with vitamins and flavor. What's amazing with this recipe is that you can use whatever balsamic vinaigrette you prefer. The combination of vegetables and fruit (tomato-yep its a fruit) is so good that you can also use a basic homemade dressing recipe (Balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar, olive oil, and dijon mustard).

 The bell peppers in this salad give you vitamins and minerals such as vitamins C and A. According to Dr Axe, bell peppers aids in weight loss reduces the risks of cancer and heart disease, and support healthy eyesight. See the full article HERE. Red onions are also rich in vitamin C, Folate (B9), vitamin B6 and potassium which is an essential mineral for heart health. I'm sure growing up you have heard the benefits of using slices of cold cucumber on top of your eyes as part of a beauty regimen. Cucumbers are rich in water content and electrolytes, therefore aids in hydrating our organs (such as the Kidney) and body. Of course, drinking lots of water is always the best option when it comes to hydration. Cucumbers are also rich in vitamin C, K, Lutein, Magnesium, beta carotene, and folate to name a few. To read the full benefits of cucumbers, read HERE.

 This recipe is so refreshing and a crowd-pleaser. If the budget allows, use organic vegetables instead. As for the dressing, I used my favorite balsamic dressing from Aldi.



Ingredients:

2-3 cucumbers or 2 large cucumbers, chopped to your desired size (and shape!) - you can also use English cucumber and pickling cucumber.

3 tomatoes, diced- you can also use cherry tomatoes

1 large red bell pepper, diced

1 large yellow or orange bell pepper, diced

half of the medium-size red onions, diced or cut thinly

3-4 tbsp of balsamic vinaigrette (store-bought or homemade).


Optional add-ins for a healthy boost:

walnuts, hemp seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, dried cranberries, pepitas or squash seeds.

Directions:

Prepare all of your veggies (cut, chop, and dice).


There is really nothing fancy about the way to prepare this salad. Just mix all the veggies together in a large bowl. If you have green bell peppers, go ahead and add it into this bowl too!


Don't forget to add your tomatoes! You can use cherry tomato, Roma, or beefsteak tomatoes. Use what you can find or have! Same with the cucumbers, I have used English, Persian and pickling cucumbers and they all turned out delicious.


This is my favorite balsamic vinaigrette dressing from Aldi (not sponsored!).


But you can use your favorite balsamic dressing! Pour about 3 to 4 tbsp of balsamic vinaigrette into your salad and adjust to your liking. Add salt and pepper to your liking but this is entirely optional.


How easy is that? This salad is great with grilled chicken, baked fish like salmon, or even a side dish for Hamburgers. 


How about you what's your favorite side salad recipe? 



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