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Old 06-16-2005, 04:56 PM   #1
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Balsamic Cucumber Salad

Balsamic Cucumber Salad


Ingredients:

1/4 cup EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar (the good stuff - it's got a really great fruity flavor to it - , not the cheap stuff - bitter and sour - don't buy Regina, yuk)

3-4 sprigs of fresh oregano, bruised and minced

4 leaves of fresh basil, bruised and minced

The leaves of 4 sprigs of rosemary, bruised and minced

One large Cucumber, chopped into 1/2 inch chunks

3 Roma tomatoes, choped into 1/2 inch chunks

1 Large Yellow Bell Pepper, (seeded and) chopped into 1/2 inch chunks



Directions:

Pour the EVOO into a small bowl

Remove the leaves from the rosemary sprigs and place on a cutting board, along with the basil and oregano.

Bruise (Crush) the herbs with your tool of choice (rolling a large can of tomatoes or soup over them works well) until the look a little wilted.

Mince the herbs by chopping them very fine.

Place the minced herbs in the EVOO and let sit on the counter for about 20 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.


After the EVOO and herbs have been allowed to blend, chop up the veggies and place onto a dinner plate.

Add the Balsamic vinegar to the EVOO mixutre, and mix it together

Drizzle the dressing over the veggies, tossing the veggies after you're done drizzling.

Enjoy...

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Old 06-16-2005, 10:22 PM   #2
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Nice one nytxn..
I just might try topping bruscetta with this...Thanks for posting
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Old 06-16-2005, 11:00 PM   #3
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Kad,

That stuff rocks. I promise you.

It's got a wonderful flavor and a great texture.

As a topping on Bruschetta, it would be awesome - OH! Just add some shredded Parmesean!


Thanks for the tip. ;)
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Old 06-17-2005, 10:51 PM   #4
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nytxn...I'm going to try this for Sunday dinner...Son's birthday and he loves anything that goes on top of bread

I'm looking forward ti this it looks and sounds wonderful...
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Old 06-20-2005, 08:05 PM   #5
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nytxn,

want to tell you that yourcucumber salad was fantastic..I used cucumbers from my garden and the whole family enjoyed this alot. There wasn't a bite left over
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Kad

I'm honored you used something I came up with.

I'm glad you and your family enjoyed it.
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Old 06-20-2005, 09:39 PM   #7
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Sounds fantastic for a summer bbq side dish! Thanks!!
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Nytxn, we did enjoy and it will be used often around here..Thanks again
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