Although we no longer plant a big vegetable garden, most years we still grow potatoes, carrots, and sometimes beets (because my husband loves borscht), but ALWAYS cucumbers and tomatoes. As long as I have my cucumbers and tomatoes in the garden, I'm happy! And this year, that's all we got planted....well, except Daniel's pumpkin...I'll tell you about that another time.
Our cucumbers are a little late this year, but we've been able to pick a couple of times. We have lots of green tomatoes, but it seems the gophers like them as much as I do....as soon as one ripens they are out there enjoying a feast!
I had been craving a particular meal that I'd learned to make years ago, from some Arabic friends who had moved to Canada from Israel....Rice and Lentils, with Cucumber and Tomato Salad. The way I made the salad is very similar to the ones I've seen online, except I don't add parsley, and most use English cucumbers....and I didn't plant any!
|Don't these cucumbers and tomatoes look delicious just the way they are?|
|The salad is best with the veggies finely chopped|
Cucumber and Tomato Salad
3 small cucumbers (or one english cucumber)
3 Tomatoes (several cherry tomatoes work fine!)
1 tbsp mint (I use dried mint from my garden)
1 lemon ( I add the zest of 1 lemon)
Other veggies (onions, peppers, radishes) are optional
2 tbsp lemon juice (I use fresh lemon)
3 tbsp olive oil
|Cucumber and Tomato Salad with mint and lemon|
This salad is served with rice and lentils, that are garnished with fried onions.
|Onions fried until translucent|
Rice and Lentils
1 cup lentils
4 cups water
garlic cloves (to taste)
onions (to taste)
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp nutmeg
(The spices I add are from another Arabic dish...my Canadian Style!)
Add lentils and spices to water and bring to boil, then simmer until tender; about 30 minutes.
Add rice (and more water if required) and cover. Cook on low/med about 30 minutes.
Serve garnished with fried onions, and salad.
|Cucumber and tomato salad, served with rice and lentils, garnished with fried onions. Delicious!|
Have you tried this dish or something similar? Let me know. Thanks for stopping by!