When I was grocery shopping this weekend, I was buying all the fixings for a large, elaborate garden salad when I realized that I’m really the only one in my family who eats the whole thing. My boys pick out the parts they like and leave bright green spinach leaves lonely on the plate.
I decided just to simplify. I still bought the spinach because I eat it with scrambled egg whites in the mornings, but I also got some dark green cucumbers and the last of the season’s Roma tomatoes, bright red gems with juicy centers, firm flesh and that bright, earthy taste I miss so much during the winter.
I chopped and diced, and that was that, salad.
To serve, I sprinkled with sea salt and pepper then drizzled with red wine vinegar.
The boys loved it.
Tomatoes are high in vitamin C, which is essential this time of year. Cucumbers have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The two together make for a tasty side dish and a power-packed snack.