Creamy Italian Cucumber Salad


Creamy Italian Cucumber Salad

for the salad:

4 large cucumbers, peeled and sliced thin

4 cups big garden tomatoes, seeds removed, chopped

3 large cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup onion (any type) chopped fine

1/2 cup sliced green olives

1 cup cherry tomatoes OR grape tomatoes

Place all salad ingredients, except for the cherry tomatoes, in a big mixing bowl and toss to combine so everything is evenly incorporated.

for the dressing:

1 heaping cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup grated or powdered Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup balsamic vinaigrette (We use Newman’s Own or homemade)

2 teaspoons onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

2 Tablespoons dry Italian seasoning OR dry oregano

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Place all dressing ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and whisk until smooth. Pour over salad ingredients and gently toss to combine. Transfer salad to a pretty salad bowl and top with the cherry tomatoes and a fresh sprig of basil for a garnish, if you wish. Chill until ready to serve.

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