Green Pepper, Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Onion and Cumin

By my estimate, our Saturday night meal was 90 percent local. And it tasted of summer.

The red potatoes I roasted came from the farm market. I have a favorite recipe for those, and it never fails me. The herbs de Provence aren't necessarily actually from Provence - I've been known to make my own.

The salad - green peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes and onion - came from local sources. I shopped at both farm markets - Wisconsin and Michigan growers were equally represented.

The salt, I am not ashamed to say, was coarse Peruvian pink salt. I mean it's not like I used a lot of it. But a girl has to indulge herself once in a while. Some women buy nail polish, I buy exotic salts and seasonings.

We don't grow lemons here. I have no idea where it came from; I didn't bother to look. I should do this, right? Oh, well.

The red wine vinegar came from my pantry. I didn't make it, but I am looking forward to having time to make flavored vinegar this winter. See yesterday's photo for inspiration.

The salad comes from a Rachael Ray recipe, which you will find here. The only thing I did differently was add cucumber, something one of the cooks who reviewed the recipe suggested.

The salad is tart and tasty. It was the perfection counterpoint to our herby potatoes and pepper-y steak.

It truly tasted of of the garden. And it tasted of my lovely little community, with its easy access to beach, river, and backroads lined with family farms.

Since I'm trying to ease myself into Phase One of the South Beach Diet, my old standby when I need to take off a few pounds, this salad works for me. If you want to do the same, skip the potatoes, as Kalyn would say!


The only thing more satisfying would be to have all of these ingredients in your own garden. But, since we don't live in a lemon climate, we have to cut ourselves a little slack. Life without lemon would be unthinkable!
Lydia, I once read a profile of Giada in which she said lemon was the one ingredient she could not do without. I think it's one of my favorites, too, and I use it in everything from ice tea to apple crisp to steak marinade.

The critters are really doing after my garden this year: Three tomatoes and one squash are the casualties to date. Since my garden is very small, this is a huge hit.
Kalyn Denny said…
I agree that cucumbers sound like a great addition to the salad, and I like the addition of cumin. (And I am trying to ease into phase one myself, but the tomato sandwiches are proving to be too tempting right now. Soon!)
Oh, Kalyn, I love tomato sandwiches!

Yes, Phase One is easier when you sort of work into it, giving up something each day until you can do it easily. I had great luck six months ago on Phase One, but this summer I've been snacking too much.

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