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Tomato cucumber corn salad is one of the most refreshing starts to any meal. Or you can serve it as a side with meat or a sandwich. However you choose to have it, you’ll love the mix of flavors.
These are all summer vegetables, but you can serve this any time of year. Since produce now comes from all over the world, you can purchase fresh tomatoes and cucumbers any time.
Perfect Buffet or Potluck Dish
Whether you’re having a backyard bash or attending a potluck, this colorful fresh vegetable salad will be a hit. Not only is it stunning and attention getting, it is flavorful and packed with nutrition.
When my family used to get together for reunions, someone always brought this or a variation of it. Typically, the salads went basically untouched, but this is one that often disappeared. Even the kids enjoyed it. It was too pretty to ignore.
Benefits of Tomatoes
Tomatoes are extremely good for you. Not only are they an excellent source of numerous vitamins C, A, and K, but they also have potassium, which is important for circulation and your heart.
The antioxidant lycopene is another element that tomatoes have, helping to protect against various forms of cancer. There are quite a few varieties of tomatoes, so you can choose the ones you prefer to add to your meals.
Benefits of Cucumbers
Cucumbers are basically one of the most refreshing vegetables you can add to anything. They provide lots of hydration, quite a few nutrients, and fiber. Mix them with tomatoes for a startlingly gorgeous contrast of color in any dish.
Ingredients for a Tomato Cucumber Corn Salad
Obviously, you’ll need tomatoes, cucumbers, and corn. In addition, you need some sort of dressing and seasonings to give it the flavor that will keep everyone coming back. You can add a simple bottled dressing or make your own. Another thing I like to add is feta cheese, but it’s still good if you leave it off.
How to Make a Tomato Cucumber Corn Salad
After you wash the fresh vegetables, cut the tomatoes and cucumbers into bite-size pieces and put them in a medium-size bowl. Drain the corn and add it to the vegetables.
In a separate bowl, mix the lemon juice, olive oil, honey, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. You may also add apple cider vinegar or substitute it for the lemon juice if you prefer. Pour that over the vegetables. Mix well.
Chop the basil and sprinkle it in.
If you know that everyone will like feta, go ahead and add it now. However, if you’re not sure, put it in a side bowl so people can add it later. I have one daughter who doesn’t care for any type of cheese. So I got in the habit of doing this when she was growing up.
Don’t be afraid to substitute different ingredients in any recipe. You can certainly be creative and try a variety of things. And what’s the worst thing that can happen? You’ll have something different that isn’t as good as what you expect, right? But you might discover something wonderful that becomes your favorite food. I think it’s worth the slight risk and trying.
What to Serve This Salad With
This salad is delicious with almost any type of meal, including pizza, hamburgers, or even chicken casserole. The bright colors of the tomatoes, cucumbers, and corn add such a nice touch to the table. And once people try it, they’ll probably go back for seconds.
Every now and then, I purchase basil in a pot with soil. I used to buy bunches of it already cut, until I realized it was the same price to get the whole potted basil plant. It lasts a month or two as long as I water it periodically and keep it near a sunny window.
A basil plant requires very little care. It’s an anti-inflammatory herb that contains quite a few antioxidants as well. Plus there are so many different dishes that taste better with fresh basil. I also enjoy the fragrance as I walk by it.
Other Items to Add to the Tomato Cucumber Corn Salad
You never have to limit what you put into salads. For example, this salad is delicious with black olives, fresh or canned mushrooms, and peppers. If you prefer a different type of cheese, go ahead and swap out the feta. Or you can even add all of those. Try making it different ways to find out how your family prefers it.
Another thing you can do is to add chopped chicken, tuna, or salmon to serve it as a main course. Serve it with some crusty bread, and you’ll have a delicious, light meal.
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- 1 cup of bite-size sliced cucumber
- 1 cup of chopped tomatoes
- 1 cup of canned corn, drained
- 1/4 cup of olive oil
- Juice of one lemon
- 1/4 cup of honey
- 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar (optional)
- 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup of crumbled feta cheese
- Combine cucumber, tomatoes, and corn in a medium-size bowl.
- In a separate bowl, mix the lemon, olive oil, honey, and Italian seasoning. If you want to add the apple cider vinegar, do it now. Add salt and pepper. Whisk until it is well blended.
- Pour the lemon and oil mixture over the vegetables. Mix well.
- Sprinkle the feta cheese over the salad or serve it on the side.
Amount Per ServingCalories 279 Total Fat 18g Saturated Fat 5g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 13g Cholesterol 17mg Sodium 335mg Carbohydrates 28g Fiber 2g Sugar 22g Protein 4g