Summer Barbecue Recipes – Tomato and Cucumber Salad

This is part of a semi-regular series about making tasty, healthy and exciting recipes for the barbecue – on a budget.  The series will included lots of salads and sides, as well as meat and veggie recipes to get you cooking and eating some lovely outdoor food this summer.

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Salads are the most neglected dishes at barbecues.  It just lacks the appeal and drama of big piles of meat charred over the coals.  Plus, I suppose you can eat salad any time, while you don’t get many opportunities to eat barbecued meat in sunny Scotland.

I don’t care what everyone else thinks though – I love salads and half the time think they’re the best bit at the barbecue.  If they’re done right, that is.  A bowl of limp, warm Iceburg lettuce is not an example of a great salad.

The salad/salsa below is what my stepdad used to serve with fajitas when we were growing up, and it’s definitely one of my favourite salads.  I don’t get to eat it often enough (Dave’s allergic to uncooked tomato and cucumber, so I call this ‘death salad’ to him), but I try and make it for potluck dinners and shared lunches at work whenever I can.  It’s full of flavour and hopefully will tempt everyone at the barbecue to at least get a spoonful of veg with their meat.

Oh, I haven’t included quantities here – I only make it for big groups of people, so just fill a bowl up.  I just try and keep equal quantities of tomato, cucumber and onion.

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Tomato, Cucumber and Coriander Salad

  • Tomatoes, chopped
  • Cucumber, chopped
  • Onion, chopped
  • Big handful fresh coriander, chopped
  • Juice of a lemon
  • Juice of a lime

I don’t really need to give you instructions for a salad, do I?  Mix all the chopped ingredients together, dress with the lemon and lime (you can add a bit of oil if you want, but I often don’t bother) and season well.  Enjoy with anything, but especially in fajitas or as a side dish at a barbecue.

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2 thoughts on “Summer Barbecue Recipes – Tomato and Cucumber Salad

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