Tomato/Avocado/Cucumber Salad – In the Good Old Summertime

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I have a confession to make, cooking isn’t my favorite thing.  I know, I know, this is a recipe blog, all about cooking. My kids say I am a good cook — when I cook. But somewhere along the way, cooking three meals a day for eight people, for twenty-plus years, kind of took the joy out of it.  And after Kelly died and the kids were grown and gone, it was much easier to eat a sandwich over the kitchen sink (fewer dishes that way) than cook a meal. But, lately, I have been rediscovering why I used to love to cook and try new recipes. The biggest problem is I don’t know how to cook for fewer than eight people, but I’m working on that.  (Until I master cooking for one, come on over for dinner, the next time I am in the mood to cook, there will be plenty of food.)  I do cook a nice Sunday dinner at least once a month, and invite my kids to come over to eat.  Last time I did a baked ham and garlic mashed potatoes, with a side of string beans, and rolls, with brownies for dessert.  But, this post is about summertime foods.  So switching gears . . .

I am not even sure where I got this recipe, but I love the simplicity of it, and the taste and texture combination — so fresh, so vibrant, and it combines some of my favorite foods together, too.

In the summertime, I cook even less. Who wants to be in the kitchen when you can be outside, sitting in a swing, reading a book?  I am not even sure where I got this recipe, but I love the simplicity of it, (more time to read, right?) and the taste and texture combination — so fresh, so vibrant, and it combines some of my favorite foods together, too.

Tomato/Avocado/Cucumber Salad

1 avocado cut into small chunks

1 cucumber peeled and cut into chunks

1 basket cherry tomatoes, rinsed

1 bunch of green onions minced

Mix together and let chill. Just before serving, add a garnish of chopped cilantro and 4-8 oz of a hard cheese, cubed. 

Serve with a side of tortilla chips, croissants, or flatbread for a light lunch.

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