Refreshing Cucumber, Tomatoes & Dill Salad 🥒🍅 😋

 

Refreshing Cucumber, Tomatoes & Dill Salad

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: Easy

Every year Gary & I along with Teresa & Jack, celebrate 4th of July on the USS Battleship NC. We sit on the deck with our friends and neighbors and have great conversations, shared laughs and view the most spectacular fireworks display. Everyone brings their own chairs, snacks, food, and drinks. My friend and neighbor, Rob Sherman, brought the most delicious cucumber, tomato & dill salad to share. It was delicious! He said he found the recipe on the internet some time ago & has been making it ever since. We are happy to share Rob's recipe with you. It's light and refreshing for these hot, humid summer nights & naturally gluten-free. Rob, we thank you for sharing your recipe with us so we can pass it along!

Ingredients

  • 4 medium cucumbers, sliced 1/8 inch thick rounds, skin on. (We used a mandolin slicer for uniform slices)
  • 2-3 whole tomatoes, quartered or 1 cup grape tomatoes sliced in half (more or less if you  prefer)
  • 2-3 Tablespoons red onion, sliced thin then chopped
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons EVOO
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 ¼ tsp sea salt, or more to taste
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped

 

    Directions

    1. In a large bowl combine the vinegar, oil, sugar, salt and a few grinds of pepper. Whisk together.
    2. Add the sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, and dill then toss to combine.
    3. Cover the bowl and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or overnight to allow the flavors to come together.
    4. Taste and season with additional salt or pepper if needed before serving.

    Notes: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container up to 3 days.

    I recently made this salad with grilled flank steak, chimichurri, and a jasmine rice medley. Pairs well with our Slow Cooker Spare Ribs and corn on the cob.

    This recipe is naturally Gluten-Free.

     

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    Keto Omelet with Bacon 🥓

     

    Keto Omelet with Bacon

    • Servings: 1
    • Difficulty: Easy

    Last year I gave the Keto diet a try and was pleasantly surprised when my doctor told me to keep doing what I was doing as my labs came back great and I lost 25 pounds! So what did I do? I went to Italy! When we returned from our trip it was very hard to go back on Keto 100%. Well, Teresa is off to Greece so I'm back on Keto. For those of you eating Keto, this is a quick and easy breakfast that satiates you until dinner time and it's a tasty way to start your day. You don't have to follow a Keto diet to enjoy this hearty breakfast!🥓 😋

    Ingredients

    • 2 large eggs, beat well with a fork
    • A 1/4-inch thick slice of onion, diced
    • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
    • 1/2 tsp coconut oil (I use LouAna® Coconut Oil, it has no coconut aroma or taste to distract from your other ingredients.)
    • salt & pepper to taste
    • 3 slices of bacon (preferably with no antibiotics, sugar-free, & nitrate free)
    •  1-2 Tablespoons shredded Swiss cheese (may be substituted with your favorite cheese)
    • 1 tsp fresh parsley for garnish

     

      Directions

      1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
      2. Line a small baking sheet with foil and place the 3 slices of bacon on top.
      3. Cook 4 minutes then turn and cook another 2-4 minutes. Drain on paper towels (You will have perfectly rendered bacon fat that can be stored in a glass container in the refrigerator for future sautéing).
      4. In a small skillet on medium heat place 1/2 tsp coconut oil.
      5. Add the bell peppers and onions, salt & pepper. Saute until translucent.
      6. Lower heat & add the eggs and stir quickly to mix in the peppers & onions.
      7.  Gently cook for 1-2 minutes or until the bottom is set and can be flipped over.
      8. Flip eggs and sprinkle Swiss cheese on top.
      9. Cook another 1-2 minutes until eggs are fully cooked but not overcooked.
      10. Slide omelet onto a dish and sprinkle with chopped parsley.
      11. Add the cooked bacon and enjoy!

      Notes: This recipe is naturally Gluten-Free.

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