Summer Entertaining: Grilled Onion-Tomato-Cucumber Salad

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Summer Entertaining

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Grilled Onion-Tomato-Cucumber Salad

Grilled vegetables offer such complex flavor to traditional appetizers, side dishes & salads with minimal effort. This classic combination of onions & cucumbers may be composed with a wide variety of tomatoes ranging from Sunsugar & Sweet 100’s as featured but just know that slicing varieties including heirloom Cherokee Purples or extra large cherry tomatoes such as Campari are excellent to use as well. I have chosen a classic Lemon-Honey Vinaigrette to compliment the straightforward combination that’s ideal to serve with grilled chicken & smoked ribs however a Basil Vinaigrette would be equally as tasty too. Learn how to make this effortless summer salad you’ll look to time & time again.

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Southern-Entertaining-Rebecca-Gordon-Publisher-Buttermilk-LipstickGrilled Onion-Tomato-Cucumber Salad
makes 4 servings

1 large sweet onion
Olive oil
Koster salt & freshly ground pepper
1 medium cucumber, thinly sliced
2 cups assorted cherry, pear & grape tomatoes
Lemon-Honey Vinaigrette

Cut the onion into 4 to 5 thick slices & rub both sides with olive oil. Sprinkle with a little salt & pepper. Grill over medium-high heat {350 to 400 degrees} 10 to 15 minutes turning often or until the slices are charred & tender. Remove from the grill. Cool 10 minutes. Arrange the cucumber, the tomatoes & the grilled onion slices between 4 plates. Sprinkle liberally with salt & pepper. Drizzle the salad with Lemon-Honey Vinaigrette.

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 How To Juice Fresh Lemons

Lemons can be used in both sweet & savory foods pairing well with just about anything making them extremely versatile. They are wonderful to use as a baseline for fresh vinaigrettes & salad dressings. When choosing them from produce bins, select fruit with a bright, uniform color. Pick them up & gently press them in your hand. They should feel firm with a slight give to them. If the zest is desired, take care of that task first by running the outer portion over a microplane grater, then slice the lemons in half for juicing. Extracting it from the citrus is simple when the correct tool is used.

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 When fresh lemon juice is needed for recipe applications, it’s important to have the right device that will release every bit. A glass juicer where the reamer is set over a small bowl to collect the juice can be used or my preferred choice is a lemon press. These valuable tools are generally coated with a non-reactive finish to prevent the acid from producing off flavors. Citrus halves can be placed in the custom fit compartment then the handles pressed together to extract the juice over a small bowl. It’s efficient enough to press every bit of juice quickly. Once the task is complete, the pulp & seeds will be left behind. Simply remove the used lemon halves & discard them. Before adding the juice to recipe applications, pour it through a small fine wire mesh sieve to collect any seeds or unwanted bits of pulp that may be in the bowl.

 The Tune
“When You’re Smiling” Billie Holiday

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