What do you look forward to the most from your garden?
I look forward to the first tomatoes and cucumbers so I can toss together this salad.
It is simple, but so flavorful.
The ingredients are few and fresh: 1 sliced pickling cucumber, 4-6 halved cherry tomatoes, 1 tablespoon finely diced feta cheese, 1-2 basil leaves, a drizzle of Italian dressing or balsamic vinaigrette
Optional: nasturtium bloom (or other edible flower) and basil leaves for garnish
Toss the cucumber, tomato, and feta. Use scissors to snip the basil into ribbons, then sprinkle the basil over the feta. Drizzle with the dressing and garnish with the edible flower and basil. Easy, fresh, and nutritious.
Enjoy the intense flavors of summer!
Those little pickling cucumbers are so delicious. They are loving the DIY cucumber trellis that I made for them. The bees are working my garden well so my cucumbers that used to look funny now are normal in appearance.
The refrigerator pickles that I plan to make taste fabulous! Look for a recipe soon.
Did you see how many I picked after I left my garden for 6 days? Check it out in this post!
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Fellow Florida friend, I love this post. I also look forward to tomatoes (I wish I had luck with the cucumbers…still trying), and love pairing them with feta! What time’s lunch? 🙂
I wish we were closer-we could meet for lunch and I would bring you cucumbers!
That would be amazing! I don’t remember if I asked you this or not, but what variety are you growing?
I’m growing ‘Sweet 100’ and I have been impressed with how vigorous the vines are. They really are out of control, in a good way of course. I should post a picture of my tomato jungle.
Oh! Haha I grew those before. I meant your cucumbers! Hehe
I am growing ‘National Pickling’ cucumbers. They are so tender and crunchy and a bit sweet.
What seed company did you use? I’m hoping to use exactly what you did to see if I still fail miserably! Haha
They were bulk seeds from a local feed store. From what I have read, they are heirloom seeds.
Ah I see. Ill begin the hunt! 😊
Ooh, that looks DELICIOUS. Love the nasturtium petal. 🙂
Thanks. I love using edible flowers as a garnish.
Your salad looks so refreshing. I can’t wait till my pickles are ready for picking — I’m still waiting for flowers.
Hopefully you will have some soon!
This is absolutely my favorite kind of salad. I eat cucumbers by the pound come summer time, but my garden has failed to produce more than one skinny, sad cuke off of the voluminous vines that sprout. Tomatoes are the highlight of my garden harvest, so I can at least make half of the salad from homegrown goodies.
Do you have bees in your garden? Maybe the flowers are not being pollinated. I hope you get some cucumbers soon!
We are both thinking of zucchini. how nice! I love salad with tomato and feta, always such a pleasure to eat!!!!
To me, that salad is summer. Well, that and BLTs and watermelon and homemade pickles and the smell of tomato leaves and marigold leaves and basil and…well anyway, it’s a key component of summer!
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