ITALIAN CUCUMBER AND TOMATO SALAD

This Italian Cucumber and Tomato Salad is so delicious, especially when one has an abundance of tomatoes in the garden. For a dinner party, you can also bump it up a notch with artichoke hearts but it is delicious as is. Simple and flavorful ingredients make this cucumber and tomato salad a heaven salad.

INGREDIENTS:

For the vegetables:
5 large tomatoes (fresh and fully ripe; tomatoes on the vine are a very good choice)
1 pinch brown sugar
1 English cucumber (fresh and firm)
1/2 large red onion
2 Tbsp chopped fresh Italian parsley
2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
1 pinch kosher salt
1 pinch black pepper

For the dressing:
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (very good quality)
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
1 tsp kosher salt
2 garlic cloves (pressed)
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp dried oregano

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