Tomato & Cucumber Salad

tomato and cucumber salad

tomato cucumber salad


Juicy tomatoes combined with crispy cucumbers are the basis of this simple and easy salad. The addition of black olives and basil bring this salad together just perfectly.   Some people refer to this type of salad as an Italian Tomato Salad.

This is a perfect summer salad, because you can use what you have in the garden or get at the farmers market. If you have a garden, then this is very inexpensive to make.

After combining all of the ingredients, the oil and vinegar “juice” at the bottom is great to dip a nice Italian bread. Mmmm. So delicious! I wasn’t in the mood, but some people add onions to this. Another great addition would be fresh mozzarella.

This tomato & cucumber salad is one of those recipes where there’s no exact science. You can add more or less of the ingredients to your liking.


tomato and cucumber salad

Tomato & Cucumber Salad
  • This recipe can be adapted to your liking, so there's no exact amount to use of each ingredient.
  • 1-2 tomatoes
  • ½-1 cucumber
  • ½ can black olives, drained
  • 3-5 basil leaves
  • about ⅓-1/4 C. olive oil (I used canola oil, but olive oil is preferred)
  • ¼ C. red wine vinegar
  • ½-1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Roughly chop tomatoes and cucumbers to about ½-1 inch cubes and add to bowl.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and combine.
  3. Keep in mind the black olives are nicely salted, so you may not want to add that much salt.
  4. Serve immediately, or put in the refrigerator to marinate.

Quick and Easy Black Bean Soup

easy black bean soup

quick and easy black bean soup

It was a cold and frosty day. I wanted something filling, but not too heavy. Not sure what I was in the mood for, I headed for the pantry. A can of black beans stared at me…hmm. Soup! Yes, creamy black bean soup! So I grabbed this and that and went to the stove to create my black bean soup from scratch.

It was so simple and easy to make. I had everything I needed right in my kitchen. I’m trying to be more mindful about what I eat. So, I used low-sodium black beans to make it even more healthy.

This soup doesn’t have too many ingredients. Besides the beans, there’s vegetable broth and onions. Fresh cilantro tied it all together. Yum. A great vegetarian and vegan soup.

This protein-packed soup would go well with a nice crusty piece of bread and a salad.

Quick and Easy Black Bean Soup
Recipe type: Soup
  • 3 15oz cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1-2 tsp olive oil
  • 20oz Vegetable Broth
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3-5 fresh cilantro leaves, optional
  1. in a pot, saute onion over medium heat until they start to turn translucent
  2. add remaining ingredients and simmer for 5 minutes, until heated through.
  3. Let cool a little and use hand/emersion blender to make a nice smooth soup.

easy black bean soup