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Marinated Cucumbers, Onions, and Tomatoes

Marinated Cucumbers, Onions, and Tomatoes

A Burst of Freshness: Marinated Cucumber, Onion & Tomato Salad

Craving a light, refreshing salad that bursts with flavor? Look no further than this Marinated Cucumber, Onion & Tomato Salad! This easy-to-make dish is a delightful addition to any meal, perfect for summer barbecues or a light and healthy side dish year-round.

Why You'll Love This Recipe:

  • Simple Perfection: This salad requires minimal ingredients and even less prep work, making it a perfect choice for busy cooks.
  • Versatility at its Finest: Enjoy this salad on its own as a refreshing starter or pair it with grilled chicken, fish, or any of your favorite main dishes.
  • Customizable and Fun: Feel free to experiment with different herbs and spices to personalize the flavor profile. For a touch of sweetness, add a pinch of dried dill or a sprinkle of sugar.

Ingredients:

  • For the Garden-Fresh Trio:

    • 3 medium cucumbers, peeled and sliced 1/4-inch thick
    • 1 medium onion, sliced and separated into rings
    • 3 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • For the Tangy and Flavorful Marinade:

    • ½ cup vinegar (white or apple cider vinegar recommended)
    • ¼ cup sugar
    • 1 cup water
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • ¼ cup olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon fresh mint, chopped (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Gather Your Ingredients: Wash and prepare the cucumbers, onion, and tomatoes according to the ingredient list.

  2. Creating the Marinade: In a large bowl, whisk together the vinegar, sugar, water, salt, pepper, and olive oil. If using fresh mint, stir it in at this time.

  3. Bringing it All Together: Add the sliced cucumbers, onions, and tomatoes to the bowl with the marinade. Toss everything gently to ensure the vegetables are well coated in the flavorful liquid.

  4. Marinating for Maximum Flavor: Cover the bowl and refrigerate the salad for at least 2 hours, ideally longer (up to overnight) to allow the flavors to meld beautifully. The longer it marinates, the more flavorful the salad will become.

  5. Serve and Savor: Once chilled, remove the Marinated Cucumber, Onion, & Tomato Salad from the refrigerator and serve immediately. Enjoy the refreshing flavors and crisp textures in every bite!

Tips:

  • For an extra zesty kick, add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the marinade.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. The flavors will continue to develop over time.

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