Saturday, 15 June 2013

{cucumber & tomato salad in hermie}

This salad is great on it's own on a summer night however, my family also serve it whenever it is curry for dinner. The natural yoghurt acts as a chilli 'dampener' for the tongue (much better than water) and my little 3 year old finds it quite effective.

170-200g continental cucumber (~ 3/4 of a cucumber)
120g tomatoes (~1-2 tomatoes or 7-8 large cherry tomatoes)
big handful of coriander
juice of 1/2 lemon
big pinch of salt to taste
3 tablespoons natural yoghurt
1 red chilli, finely chopped (optional)

1. Place all ingredients (except yoghurt and chilli) into Thermomix bowl. Chop 3-5sec / speed 4.
2. Drain away excess liquid. Pour into serving bowl and mix through yoghurt and chilli. Add more salt if required.

Bon Appetit xx

Tips: If your lemon has a lot of pips, exclude from the bowl and add through the lid once closed. When the MC is inserted, the juice will drain into the bowl as the MC will stop the pips. Also, it is perfectly OK to add the chilli in step 1, however, if you also have children eating this dish, it will be harder for them to pick it out. 

Notes: When this salad is diced up manually, it is not as watery and usually you do not have to drain away excess liquid. However, using the Thermomix changes this due to it's chopping technique. Also, the presentation may not be as 'pretty' however, the flavours are still great :-)

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