Quick Tomato and Cucumber Salad

A while ago I happened to read Dressing Up Tomato Tarts from Food and Paper. It mentioned the interesting idea of using an orange flavor to add zest to tomato:

Good recipes tend to be well accessorized, too. A drizzle of fruity olive oil, a generous pinch of sea salt, a scattering of basil leaves…these are tried and true ways to freshen up many a dish, especially one made of a pastry crust filled with a cheese custard and topped with fresh tomatoes. I’ve done it before and I’d do it again. But I’m not sure I’d do it again any time soon without adding a certain accessory I picked up from Mr. Tyler Florence. Orange zest. And not just a little. A whole orange’s worth. I never knew it before, but orange zest and tomatoes make a chic ensemble.

That little tip stuck with me, apparently, when I ad-libbed the following aside to a quick meal:


  • One large seedless cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • A half-pint of grape tomatoes, washed and halved
  • A drizzle of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar, honey, or other liquid sweetener (such as brown rice syrup or agave nectar)
  • 2 tablespoons Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar (or other orangey vinegar)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and allow to sit for a few minutes; stir a few times to dissolve the sugar or sweetener. Serve.

This doesn’t make a lot—maybe two decent-sized side salads or three to four small servings. It has a wonderful sharp, colorful, sweet, tangy taste, and it looks nice too.


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