The fact that most Americans are hooked on processed food becomes a mystery to me during the summer. Give me a fresh bowl of cherries over an Oreo cookie any day. This weekend, my garden is full of ripe tomatoes and cucumbers—time for one of my all-time favorites. A simple combination of the two, along with a fresh onion, vinegar, oil, sugar, salt and pepper. Slice and dice! What could be easier?
I truly do love the growing season and work hard to detox my body of anything that is not natural and can’t stand alone as a food. Yes, I do eat my share of processed foods. I’m not perfect. On ambitious summer days, I try to preserve a few of my garden goodies to allow my family to enjoy them year-round. Unfortunately, I am the only vinegar fan in the clan—so, I get to hoard my marinated tomatoes, cucumbers and onions all to myself (and, the lucky folks invited to our house for dinner this summer). Oh, well! My family will someday figure out what the heck they are missing.
Happy picking. The crops are in!
- 3 medium cucumbers (peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick)
- 1 medium onion (sliced and separated into rings)
- 3 medium tomatoes (cut into wedges)
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh coarse ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup oil
- Combine ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Refrigerate at least two hours before serving.