Sunday, June 3, 2012

Cucumber Salad Stuffed Tomatoes



Couple of weeks and I will finally be cooking for two again. And I cannot wait!! But until then, I am still cookin’ up small and simple dinners for myself. On the few days that I cook red meat, I like pairing it with either a zucchini boat or some roasted vegetables. However, I noticed that my basil plant was growing like wildfire and figured I should use it in one of my dishes for dinner. I looked in my fridge and noticed I also had tomatoes. My first thought was, “I’ll make a caprese salad!” But the last episode of Bethenny Ever After was about to play off of my DVR and was not in the mood to run out to the store to buy fresh mozzarella. This was one of those moments that I was determined to use what I had in my fridge. I combined tomatoes, a cumber, Kalamata olives, feta cheese, and basil together to create a cucumber and tomato salad. I added in olive oil and balsamic vinegar at the end to create a simple dressing for the salad and was pleasantly surprised at the final product. What I love about this dish is the fresh taste of the tomatoes and cucumbers with the salty taste of the Kalamata olives. Plus, who doesn’t love feta cheese!? After I made this salad, I thought it would be cute and creative to stuff the tomatoes with this salad. If you have the time or have special guests coming for dinner, stuffing the tomatoes with this salad is an alternative way to serve up this side dish. However, this salad is just as delicious if it is chopped up and mixed all together in a bowl. Enjoy!  


Cucumber Salad Stuffed Tomatoes

Serves 4

Ingredients:

6 red, round tomatoes ( use 2 for the stuffing)
1 medium size cucumber
½ cup Kalamata olives, chopped
2 tsps.fresh basil, chopped
¼ cup feta cheese
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
Pinch of salt
¼ tsp. black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Cut off a small piece off the bottom of tomato and remove the core. Remove as much of the seeds as you can by gently squeezing the tomato over the sink. Using a small pairing knife, gently hollow out the inside of the tomato. Salt and pepper inside of tomato and set aside. Repeat step for other tomatoes.
  2. Chop the two tomatoes plus what was hollowed out from the other four tomatoes and set aside in a bowl. Peel and cut cucumber lengthwise and spoon out seeds. Chop cucumber and add it to the bowl with the tomatoes.
  3. Chop the basil and Kalamata olives and add it to the tomato mix along with the feta cheese.
  4. Add in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper to the tomatoes and mix all ingredients together.
  5. Stuff tomato and cucumber mix into tomatoes and top with additional feta cheese.      
Source: L.Chavez. Sweet, Spicy, and Sassy Original

1 comment:

  1. mmmmmmmm its like a tomato sushi roll i love it can't wait to try it when i get back...almost baby just a couple more weeks

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