My Favorite Summer Recipes: Cucumber and Tomato Salad

cucumber saladWhile I never intended to run a food blog, I do love food and coming up with recipes that nourish my loved ones. I love the whole process from the prep work to the eating. So, not sharing recipes that I love and recipes that I’ve come up with would not allow me to be true to my passions and the things I obsess over in my home.

I already shared my ultimate summer favorite, baked beans, it’s always a hearty barbecue favorite side and I never grill out without them. I hope you all LOVED that recipe, and if you haven’t made it, go do it now. Like most all of my recipes, this is another super simple, can be thrown together in minutes type of side dish.

Originally it was inspired by this cucumber, onion, and vinegar refrigerator salad my husband’s grandmother makes. I wanted something similar, but with a few more vegetables and most importantly, vegetables my children would eat.

I am a little nervous about sharing this because it’s barely a recipe, but enjoy it anyway!

Here are your ingredients:

4 Tomato

1 red onion

1 cucumber

2 sweet cornsalt

salt & pepper to taste

2Tbs avocado oil

2Tbs apple cider vinegar


Salads like this one scream out summer to me, it is so colorful, bright and cheery. Not too heavy, but the addition of the corn helps make it feel a bit more than just bunny food. Now, you could also add romaine to make it stretch out a bit if you are going to a large party or family gathering, but sometimes salads without lettuce just make me happy. Sometimes skipping the lettuce just is BETTER.

So then you chop it all up and I take out all the seeds in the tomato, it will last longer this way either in the fridge or at a party, and the cucumber will stay nice and crisp. Toss it into a bowl and put about 2 Tbs of Avocado oil and 2 Tbs of apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper to taste. Healthy, happy, easy…just how I love my food.



Also, I was half tempted to toss in a bit of honey, but the corn was sweet enough that I didn’t need to touch it. Oh, I just thought of something GREAT…toss that corn on the grill really quick before taking it off the cob to give it that summer barbecue taste. Now, I’m sad I didn’t do that, to begin with. I hope you enjoy this recipe and share it with everyone. Go ahead and make it your own adding spices to compliment your main dishes 

I also want to hear about your favorite summer recipes! Comment below…summer is almost GONE!!

How is my container garden growing?

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container gardenEverything is coming up here in my container garden! You may remember the “planning” post I did a few weeks back.

So you may be asking yourself, how did I choose what I was going to grow? I had little or no method to my madness, I really planted herbs I love and know I will use and the zucchini said it would grow in pots through the summer, so I thought I would take a chance. All of this is trial and error for me, as it has always been. I will definitely be sharing my fails along with my triumphs as we go through this process. I want EVERYONE to learn something here.

Just an FYI: I grew the zucchini and the herbs from seed, and I purchased them from My Patriot Supply, they have a huge catalog of seeds and have had the best of luck with them. The tomatoes were purchased and not grown from seed.

I really wanted to share the things that we are growing around here:

TomatoesOur tomatoes, same kind of plant just planted two different ways. The one planted upside down looks a bit sad, I think I need a taller post, but if anyone has any experience with planting like this, comment below! This is my first time planting in pots and upside down, so I am bound to kill a few things, but I am really trying not to.

baby zucchini plantsThe baby zucchini plants I started from seed. I think I want to make them climb and put them up against our brick wall in the back.

I have been thinking a lot about vertical gardens and how to maximize container space. I am definitely doing more research on this.


I also have some things that aren’t in pots that are making my landscape more beautiful.

Aloe plants

Aloe plants, I love these every summer! I usually have a few leaves in my fridge for sunburn emergencies. This was originally one plant and just populated all on their own, I think I am going to find ways to give them out before they get out of control.




My pineapple!! I am really hoping this guy will be ready before the end of July. This will be our third pineapple, and I will plant a new one from this one. This particular plant was put in the ground about two years ago, and we patiently wait for more.



Avocado tree


Our avocado tree is exploding this year! Last year we had a couple, but this year we basically have an avocado farm. I have yet to try one, I am waiting for them to get a bit bigger, but I will let you all know as soon as I get one and try to create a few recipes. I am so excited about this one too.


How does your garden grow?