Cucumber, Tomato, Basil Salad
(with thanks to the Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook)
The skin of cucumbers contains the minerals silica, magnesium, and potassium. Silica is an essential component to healthy connective tissue. The flesh of cucumbers contains good amounts of vitamin C. Eating cucumbers regularly can improve the look and feel of your skin and hair. Cucumbers, tomatoes, and basil are abundant during the summer months. This salad is easy and quick to prepare. Serve it as part of a summer picnic or as a simple late afternoon snack.
SERVES 2 to 4
2 medium cucumbers, cut into thin slices
3 to 4 firm tomatoes, quartered, then sliced
½ cup thinly sliced fresh basil
1 to 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1. Place the sliced cucumbers and tomatoes into a shallow serving dish. Add thinly sliced basil, chopped garlic, olive oil and red wine vinegar.
2. Gently toss; add sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Toss again and serve.