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Cucumber Caprese Salad

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Is anyone else drowning in cucumbers this summer? I planted about four too many plants this year, and we are having a hard time eating them all. It’s a good problem to have… This salad is helping us enjoy our cucumbers in a new way. It takes less than 10 minutes to make and needs no time to marinate. The best part is that the kids love it! My son said, “Hey! I actually like this salad. I ate all of it!” Need I say more?

Cucumber Caprese Salad

Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author heartysmarty

Ingredients

  • 5 Medium Cucumbers cut in rounds
  • 5 Medium Vine-ripe tomatoes sliced in sections
  • 2 Mozzarella sticks cut in rounds
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh Basil ribbons

Vinaigrette

  • 2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Clove fresh garlic minced fine
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine cucumbers, tomatoes, mozzarella and basil in a large bowl. 

  2. Shake the ingredients for the vinaigrette in a jar with a lid. Pour the vinaigrette over the cucumber mixture and stir to combine. 

  3. Serve immediately, or refrigerate in an air-tight container for up to 48 hours.

When I slice my cucumbers, I like to leave a little skin on for color and added nutrition. Most of the fiber and cancer-fighting antioxidants are nestled inside the peel of most produce. You could choose to leave all the skin on, but my texture-sensitive kiddos eat cucumbers best when half the peel is gone.

I could have made this salad with fresh mozzarella, but I don’t usually have that on hand. I do, however, always have string cheese on hand as snacks for the kiddos.  This is just a small way to simplify the grocery list.  Use kitchen shears to cut the mozzarella sticks into thin rounds to make the process even faster.

The vinaigrette is strong enough in this salad that there is no need to marinate it. Serve it right away!

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