The Opinionated Foodie: The Love (or Not) of Food and Everything That Goes with It

The Neighbor’s Garden Salad
July 13, 2011, 1:48 pm
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Before the Dressing

My neighbor has this lovely garden in his backyard full of great vegetables. It is wonderful. However, he doesn’t eat many vegetables. And with neither my husband nor me being born with a particularly green thumb, we don’t have a garden.

The solution, of course, is the the neighbor grows it; we eat it. It works out fine for all.

Recently, the garden has been overzealously producing cucumbers. We’ve had them with dressing, on sandwiches, and plain. Running out of ways to use cucumbers and needing to get rid of some of my neighbor’s most generous veggies, we made this simple salad last night.

4 medium cucumbers, peeled and sliced*
2 cayenne peppers, seeded and chopped*
2 banana peppers, seeded and chopped*
A handful of cherry tomatoes, halved*
1 small onion, sliced
1 green pepper, seeded and chopped*
1 T dried parsley or fresh if you have it
1 T apple cider vinegar
1 T white vinegar
1 T vegetable oil
1/2 T lemon juice

*From the Neighbor’s garden

Combine all the vegetables and the parsley in a large bowl. In a separate small bowl, mix the vinegars, oil, and lemon juice. Add the liquids to the vegetables. Toss. Salt and pepper generously.

Cover and allow to marinade in the refrigerator for at least fifteen minutes.


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