Sometimes the simplicity of combining just a few right ingredients is all that a dish needs. This recipe is for a very simple Russian tomato and cucumber salad. It is one of my favorite salads, it takes just minutes to make, and is yet another excuse to use sour cream.
Sour cream can be used as a salad dressing in the same way as for instance Greek yogurt. Although it may be too heavy for lettuce-based salads, you can use it in other vegetable-based salads. For instance, my mother-in-law substitutes mayo with sour cream in potato salads, which I find to be absolutely delicious. Also, it can serve as a dipping sauce base for vegetable strips for a summer-time snack - just add chopped fresh herbs such as parsley, dill and chives, salt and pepper, and a crushed garlic clove to about half a cup of sour cream to make the dip.
Cucumber and Tomato Salad
You will need:
3 on-the-vine tomatoes, chopped
2 medium Kirby cucumbers (or 1 long), chopped
1 scallion, finely chopped
1 1/2 tsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 1/2 tsp fresh dill, finely chopped
1 tbsp sour cream
Salt and pepper to taste
Place tomatoes, cucumbers, scallion, parsley and dill into a medium bowl. Toss with sour cream and season with salt and pepper. Serve chilled.