Tomato & Cucumber Salad


A hard day of gardening calls for a light and refreshing lunch!

Pulling weeds is not an attractive situation – at least for me. I am 100%, not that image of a woman wearing a long sleeve white shirt and pants with a giant straw sun hat gently kneeling by her flower beds. My hair is back in a ponytail covered by a bandanna, I am sweating with errant marks of dirt on my face. Hey, I’m not complaining, but let’s be real here, gardening is hard work. It’s definitely a workout! I’m embarrassed to think of what my neighbors must think of me as I work around the yard on my hands and knees looking like a hot mess.

Anyway, there is a point to this story. It’s after spending a few hours “toiling in the soil” that I need sustenance. And since I’m usually zapped at that point, I prefer something light, fresh and really easy to put together.

This tomato and cucumber salad fit the bill following my latest weekend of weeding extravaganza. It was truly refreshing and the perfect snack to enjoy while I reveled in my neatly edged and weeded gardens.

Tomato and Cucumber Salad

Serves 1


  • 1 tomato, quartered and sliced
  • 1 English cucumber, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh dill, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste


  1. Arrange the tomato and cucumber slices around the plate.
  2. Sprinkle on the fresh dill.
  3. Drizzle on the vinegar followed by the olive oil.
  4. Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste.
  5. Serve and enjoy.


Here’s to gardening and enjoying a job well done. So, what do you like to eat after a workout in the garden?

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