Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Retro to Raw: Marinaded Tomatoes & Cucumbers

This may seem like a really really simple recipe (some might even say brainless!) but truthfully I bookmarked it for that fact, in addition to its quick and easy appeal. You can make it on a small scale for a lunch, or a large scale for dinner (or even a buffet). Pair it with cheeze (or cheese), pile it on top of greens and you've got a salad with instant dressing, chop it up and stuff it into a wrap with fresh apple and sprouts! Versatility is one of my favorite things about food! Yay! 
Thank you to Good Housekeeping - Company Meals and Buffets. This won't be the last time you'll be seeing a Retro to Raw post inspired by this fancy little pamphlet. In spite of the slightly scary cover art, it's chock full of fun ideas that I just can't wait to share with you all. So without further ado...
Retro to Raw: Marinaded Tomatoes & Cucumber

Step 1. Marinade/Dressing
For the Marinade I decided to revisit a former "Retro to Raw" post featuring French Dresing and tweak it every-so-slightly...
1/2 c Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/3 c Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tsp Tarragon - dried
1 tsp Basil - dried
1/2 tsp dry Mustard powder
1/2 tsp Paprika
2 tsp Onion powder
1 tsp minced Garlic
3 Tbsp Ape Date Sweetener //or// 2-3 Medjool Dates soaked in warm water for 10 minutes
Salt & Pepper to taste
Blend together the above ingredients until smooth!
Step 2. Putting it together!
Slice in rounds:
3 to 4 Tomatoes - I used Roma but any garden variety will work
1 large Cucumber
Cover your veggies with Marinade and store in the fridge for at least 1 hour. I like to leave them in overnight so all of the flavors can tango around together. Let those veggies dance with the dressing! 
Hope you enjoy!



  1. I love the simplicity. Simple and fresh; these are usually my favorite recipes.