Cherry Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Herb Dressing

~from Savoring Time in the Kitchen

Seasoned Herb Blend (to use as a dressing for tomatoes and cucumbers or to mix with olive oil for bread dipping)

1/4 cup dried California basil
1/4 cup dried Turkish oregano
1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
1-1/2 tablespoons coarse sea salt

Put everything into a small jar and shake until blended together.

To make seasoned olive oil for bread dipping, for one person place about 1 teaspoon in a small, shallow dish and cover with olive oil.

To make a Cherry Tomato and Cucumber Salad:

Cherry Tomatoes, cut in halves or quarters
Small cucumbers or pickling cucumbers, sliced
Sweet peppers or salsa peppers, diced (optional)

Add as many tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers as you would like to serve each person. Season with the herb blend (about 1-2 teaspoons per person). Drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil and add a small splash of red wine vinegar. Add freshly ground pepper to taste and toss. Add freshly chopped basil, if desired.
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