Tomato Basil Cucumber Salad with Goat Cheese and Balsamic Vinaigrette

Tomato, basil, cucumber salad is a quick and easy side salad or main course.
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 servings

Ingredients

For the Salad:

  • 2 cups of chopped tomatoes , any variety
  • 2 English cucumbers - peeled and diced
  • 4 oz goat cheese - sliced or crumbled
  • 1/2 red onion , minced
  • 9 leaves of basil , sliced thinly (julienned)

For the Balsamic Dressing:

  • 9 sprigs parsley - minced
  • 4 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar or honey , optional
  • ground black pepper , to taste
  • salt , to taste

Instructions

  • Prepare the Salad Base: For grape or cherry tomatoes, slice tomatoes in half. For full-sized slicing tomatoes, seed and chop tomatoes into a medium- sized dice. Add to a bowl and set aside.
  • Peel the English cucumbers and dice. If using regular garden cucumbers, peel and seed first. Then slice and dice and add into the bowl with the tomatoes and set aside.
  • Cut red onion into a small dice. Add to the bowl and set aside.
  • Take the clean, dry basil leaves and remove the stems. Place one leaf on top of the next forming a pile. Next, roll the leaves from stem end to point end forming a tube and the slice thinly across the section creating a nice julienne of basil. [See Notes].
  • Prepare the dressing: In a bowl or mason jar, combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, red pepper flakes (optional), garlic powder, honey (optional), and black pepper. Whisk or cover and shake well to combine - pour lightly over salad reserving extra for tableside additions.
  • Toss salad gently. Top with cut or crumbled goat cheese. Serve immediately.

Notes

Basil turns brown on the edges after it is cut. If you plan to prepare the salad ahead of your meal, julienne the basil just before serving. Also, leave the dressing on the side until you are ready to serve.

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is sourced from the USDA Food Database.