Quick Summer Lunch

No picture, I haven’t made it yet for today, on my way to get the ingredients. But here is a real haiku for you about the salad:

summer tomatoes
small green cucumbers, happy
luncheon – tummy smiles.

Summer is here and it is sooooo hot, the average life span of a popsicle is about 15 seconds. Yes, I have air conditioning but I still like to cook as little as I can get by with. Call it a….Vacation away from the kitchen. No children in the house so that makes things simpler.  Actually, I took this to a friend’s and her kids loved it.  Depending on pasta type or optional ingredients added, this can be vegan or vegetarian or gluten free.

Wonderful summer tomatoes and small crisp, sweet cucumbers are also showing up at local markets. I am having to resort to local markets because a line of storms obliterated my garden. And I am envious of you all who have a kitchen garden.

Now, for super simple healthy lunch or, dinner if you like. No quantities are given. It’s a “do your thing” recipe. And, it is a keep it simple salad…nothing elaborate or stylish here, just good tastes. The best kind for summer.

You’ll need:
pasta – fettucine, rotini, elbow, whole grain, gluten free, whatever.
tomatoes – one per serving (depending on size)
cucumbers – one per serving (depending on size)
green onions – to taste
splash of rice wine vinegar
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Dash of sugar or sweetener
Optional – finely chopped basil, freshly grated parmesan, pine nuts, splash of olive oil.

Instructions:  Cook desired servings of pasta al dente, rinse with cold water and drain. Meanwhile, skin or peel tomatoes and cukes. Very coarsely chop tomatoes and cukes. Add to pasta along with salt, pepper, rice wine vinegar. Toss and let sit about 15 minutes for tomatoes to juice out and flavors to blend. Sprinkle green onion and optional ingredients on top and lightly toss. Serve with some crusty bread if desired. Dig in.  NOTE:  I peel or skin tomatoes or cukes this time of year because the peels can be tough and bitter.

WARNING: This salad will not taste the same if you use those mushy store bought tomatoes or big last season waxed cucumbers. if it’s all you have access to, well, then do your best.

27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Let's CUT the Crap!
    Jun 30, 2015 @ 13:08:04

    I’m going to be all over that basil with this. So summery! ❤


  2. The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap
    Jun 30, 2015 @ 13:12:50

    We’re in a hot spell here and that sounds so deliciously cooling and yummy. Hugs to you my friend. ❤


  3. Victoria C. Slotto
    Jun 30, 2015 @ 15:21:39

    It’s time for lunch here–my husband just bought pasta for a similar recipe for the 4th! Yum. Our tomatoes got a late start this year, though…so it’s gonna be Farmer’s Market time.


    • kanzensakura
      Jun 30, 2015 @ 16:47:21

      Yes, thank goodness for local farm stands. My garden was flattened by storms so….. i love this dish. Sometimes I do a bit of minced red onion. I live off this as long as there are tomatoes and cukes. Have a great, safe 4th.


  4. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Jun 30, 2015 @ 15:53:27

    Here I still crave for hot food.. Not warm enough even for lunch to use this.


    Jun 30, 2015 @ 17:16:50

    I have to say that my current life expectancy feels about the same as the popsicle!! Love the way you write, as though we’re chatting in your house/yard.


  6. sheridegrom - From the literary and legislative trenches.
    Jun 30, 2015 @ 17:27:13

    Sounds good. Think I’ll fix it for dinner tonight.


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