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
 
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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
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Recipe type: Soup
 
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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

Chunky Avocado Salsa

Chunky Avocado Salsa

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This chunky avocado salsa recipe is a great meat-free alternative. It’s sure to please vegetarians and meat eaters alike.

Football season is among us and this would be the perfect dish to bring to a friend’s to snack on with some tortilla chips. This is a perfect Super Bowl party recipe.

When you combine the ingredients this salsa stays chunky, but also gets a little creamy from the avocado. The corn in this salsa recipe adds a nice sweet crunch.

I wasn’t in an onion-y mood when I made this, but this would be great with some diced red onion. Also, you can use a few minced garlic cloves instead of garlic powder to add a more fresh zingy garlic taste.

Serve this chunky avocado salsa with tortilla chips. The scoop kind is perfect to pick up this chunky salsa.

Chunky Avocado Salsa

 

Chunky Avocado Salsa
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Recipe type: Dip, Appetizer
 
Ingredients
  • 3 Tomatoes, diced
  • 2 Avocados, diced
  • 1 C. Corn (I used Canned)
  • 1 C. Black beans
  • Handful of fresh cilantro (to your taste)
  • 1tsp garlic powder
  • ¼-1/2 tsp salt (depending on how salty you like it)
  • pepper, to taste
  • 21/2 TBS Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, add diced tomatoes and avocados and stir gently.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until combined.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and chill until ready to serve.
  4. Serve with tortilla chips. The scoop kind are great for this chunky dip.

 

Super Easy Bean Salad

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Super easy bean salad

 

This bean salad recipe is super simple, hence the name Super Easy Bean Salad!

There is no cooking required. You can change up the beans or vinegar with what you have on hand to make it your own! I usually use cut green beans, but I didn’t have any. So, I used the french style and it actually added a little something different with the variety of bean sizes.

I am a vegetarian living with carnivores, so I have to sometimes come up with food that is nutritious for everyone. Beans are a great source of protein.

I love this recipe because, not only is it inexpensive, it tastes delicious.

Super Easy Bean Salad
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Recipe type: side dish, salad
 
Ingredients
  • 1 15oz can red kidney beans
  • 1 15oz can cannellini beans
  • 1 15oz can french style green beans
  • ¼ chopped red onion
  • ⅛-1/4 tsp of garlic powder
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup white balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Drain and rinse all of the beans
  2. in a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients
  3. serve right away, or put in the fridge to enjoy it cold

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Tri-Color Quinoa Salad

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Tri-Color Quinoa Salad
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Recipe type: Salad, Side Dish
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup dry Tri-Color Quinoa (follow directions on package, Mine was 1 Cup Quinoa to 2 Cups of Water. Bring to a boil, lower heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes)
  • 1 Cup Chick Peas, canned
  • ½ Cup Corn, no-salt canned
  • 1 Medium tomato, diced
  • 2tbs Olive Oil
  • 2tbs White Balsamic Vinegar (Red Wine Vinegar would work, too)
  • ¼ tsp Garlic Powder
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Few leaves of Fresh Basil, chopped and some for garnish
Instructions
  1. Cook quinoa according to directions. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. This can be served warm or cold.