As a mother, and now a grandmother, family and home are very important to me. Some of my favorites memories are of being in the kitchen and cooking with my own mom. Having a good meal over the dinner table with family is priceless! But, making it happen is hard work. I wanted to share with you some of my secrets, tasty dishes, and cooking wisdom. So, that your dinner table will become a gathering place for your own family that they too will come to cherish.....Yours truly, Mystery Mom.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Marinated Tomato Cucumber Salad

   This nifty little salad has a tangy and zesty kick to it.  It's fresh, easy to make, and is great for BBQ's, picnics, or just when you need a little something different in a salad.

Marinated Tomato Cucumber Salad
4 Regular sized Cucumbers
1 package of small grape Tomatoes
1/2 Red Onion
1 teaspoon Dill
1 cup of shredded Parmsean Cheese
1 bottle of Gerard's Italian Salad Dressing

     Take the 4 cucumbers, peel them, and slice them in half.  Seed them.  Then cut them into 1/4 inch chunks.
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     Take the package of small grape tomatoes, cut them in half, and seed the also.
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     Take your 1/2 Red Onion and quarter it, and then slice it as thin as you can.
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     Now, mix the cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, dill, shredded cheese all into a large mixing bowl.  Pour in one bottle of Gerard's Italian Salad Dressing, an mix.  Then either transfer to a covered container, or cover the mixing bowl with Saran wrap, and allow the salad to sit in the refrigerator overnight.

     The salad tastes best the longer that you allow it to marinate.  It will be good in a couple of hours, but I find that it really has to set overnight, and will last for a few days after that.  Before you are ready to  serve it, you will need to drain the bowl of the excess dressing.  I usually leave only about 1/4 of the juice in the bowl.  It is meant to be served that way.

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