Tomato, Cucumber Salad; picnics

I may have mentioned, once or twice, that it’s been a strange summer. It’s been cooler and wetter than recent summers, which has made my vegetable production…. unpredictable.

I finally have tomatoes.

They started ripening, slowly, a few weeks ago and are now producing multitudes daily. I’m making soup with the big, gnarly ones; peeling, chopping, and freezing the Romas; and eating the rest as fast as we can.

I’ve been eating 1 or 2 tomato sandwiches every day – and loving every bite.

I don’t think I’ll be getting a 2nd crop this year. The first crop was late and, with the cool weather, I’m losing the battle with late blight. I spray and trim faithfully, but there comes a point when the age of the plant coupled with the cool weather beat human intervention.

I’m not getting any late starts from the winter squash either.

On the bright side I can put the potager to bed for the winter sooner than usual.

I’m not sure which I like best – planting in the spring or the final clean-up in the fall. Summer is a lot of work.

One more tomato salad:

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Tomato, Cucumber Salad

This is a pretty but simple salad with the best of summer produce.
It can be easily expanded to serve a crowd.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad


  • 23 garden ripened tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 small cucumber, peeled & sliced
  • fresh basil leaves
  • Tarragon White Wine Vinaigrette:
  • 1 tsp Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 tbs tarragon white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbs good olive oil


  • Arrange tomatoes, cucumber and basil nicely on large plate.
  • Combine mustard and vinegar in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in olive oil.
  • Drizzle tomatoes and cucumbers with vinaigrette and serve.


Peeling the cucumber is not necessary but my personal preference. You could substitute bottled salad dressing.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 salad & dressing
  • Calories: 178
  • Sugar: 5.7 g
  • Sodium: 75.3 mg
  • Fat: 14.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.1 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12 g
  • Fiber: 2.6 g
  • Protein: 2.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
Tomato Cucumber Salad

Regarding salads – and picnics…. There is still time.

The cooler temps are, for me, perfect picnic weather. We have a few spots that we drive to for our bike rides along the canal that have picnic tables.

Picnics are very popular here in France. One can almost always easily find a roadside picnic table. They are often occupied with a proper French picnic: tablecloths, real plates and cutlery, salads and / or quiche, and perhaps wine.

We don’t do that…. I bring a salad and sandwich fixin’s (usually for wraps), paper plates, and soft drinks.

This is our favorite spot:

It’s right on the bike path (rather than a road) and there are 4 picnic tables with benches in between. There is a restaurant just past the last picnic table and there are always boats for a little people watching.

In typical French fashion every person who walks or rides past wishes us ‘bon appétit’.

4 thoughts on “Tomato, Cucumber Salad; picnics”

  1. Lovely! We don’t eat outside but that’s in part due to the multitude of bugs who swarm when we do. Constant swatting when trying to eat is too tiring and not fun. Or relaxing.

    Your salad is nice and simple and right up my alley 🙂 My gifted tomatoes are not ripening yet, but I’m hoping soon. Then again, they my never which would be a sad thing 🙁 But I too love tomato sammies. For me, it’s just tomato, miracle whip and a little salt. Perfect.

    • No Miracle Whip here, I have looked, and one can turn mayo into MW, but I can’t be bothered. I’m just so happy to have my tomato sandwiches – tomato, mayo and bread.
      The only bugs that bother us is when we try to eat on our deck. The moths come out at dusk and we have a lot.

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