Cucumber-Tomato-Carrot-Pecan Salad

If you look around my food posts, easily you’ll notice that many of them fall into the dessert tag. A tag bigger than the vegetarian one. Oh my, you may start to think that I eat sweets all the time. It’s a fact that I like desserts, a good chocolate, some homemade deliciousness. But naturally I don’t eat only what I post on the blog and in between all these treats I assure you that vegetables are overload. Maybe I’m not expressing very well my healthstyle and my posts don’t reflect exactly my daily food intake. Or maybe I just like to show you the dessert course because those are the specials in the menu. Like the last post, where I succeeded reproducing the flavor and texture of the “Bolo de Arroz”, or like in this cake, where being gluten-free gained a new meaning to me. Or just like many other desserts thanks to unforgettable family recipes or because I grew up making it. Some are related to traditional holidays or simply are common in Portugal. And I could go on and on.

Nevertheless, my most popular post is a vegetarian one. Ah, so I’m feeling better now. However, the post with more hits is a super chocolate cake. So, where do I stand? I think I’ll stay somehow in the middle, where even in the dessert tag you would find healthy ingredient options. For instance, choosing a good olive oil for a cake instead of butter or, if using butter, picking a nice quality brand, or using whole wheat instead of refined and enriched flours, or else substituting the wheat for a rice/almond/walnut flour. These are just a few examples, together with preferring organic products, even though most of the time I don’t specify it in the ingredients list (I don’t want to appear I’m imposing something to my readers, every person choose whatever they think it’s best for them). But now you know.

Especially during Summer I eat a lot of salads. They are so simple to throw together, yet so refreshing, nourishing and satisfying. I enjoy a bowl of rice with vegetables as well, or some warm vegetables with a grilled fish. Salads like this one, where the base was the cucumber. I found inspiration to do this salad while reading this recipe. I didn’t actually follow the mentioned recipe, I just liked how the cucumber was cut into little squares, it got in my senses how tasty and crunchy it would be. Therefore, I picked a few ingredients and composed this salad. So tasteful that I already made it twice, enjoying my last one with a grilled wild Alaskan salmon. Sublime.

Cucumber-Tomato-Carrot-Pecan Salad
Serves 1
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cucumber
  2. 1 carrot
  3. 1 handful of pecans
  4. 2 handfuls of cherry tomatoes
  5. juice of 1/2 lime
  6. 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  7. dash of salt
  8. 1 tsp oregano
  9. toasted sesame seeds to sprinkle on top
Instructions
  1. Peel the cucumber leaving stripes of skin all around (I always heard it’s more digestive like this). Cut into little squares.
  2. Peel the carrot and with the peeler slice it into longitudinal thin slices.
  3. Throw a handful of pecans in it and chop together.
  4. Slice each tomato twice, making 4 pieces of each.
  5. Throw all vegetables and pecans in a bowl.
Prepare the sauce
  1. Mix the olive oil with lime juice, salt and oregano.
  2. Add to the salad, stirring well.
  3. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
  4. Serve immediately.
Notes
  1. Serves 1 if main dish or 2 if side-dish
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11 Responses to Cucumber-Tomato-Carrot-Pecan Salad

  1. I LOVE salads like this… that have little or not lettuce, and lots of shredded or diced vegetables! And I especially love that you added nuts in this! I can’t wait to make it!

    • Cookie at #

      I don’t know why lettuce has become synonymous with salads? Probably because restaurants have gotten used to giving a large side of lettuce (iceberg) with a tomato or two and calling it a salad.

      • Cookie, right on! I totally agree with you on this! Even though I like salads with some nice lettuce as well, I don’t like to buy a salad outside and find there’s basically only a bunch of iceberg lettuce and a slice of tomato and maybe a cucumber if you’re lucky. Plus, normally those salads have a huge amount of sauce. Thanks for you comment.

    • Thanks Lindsay! I hope you enjoy it soon.

  2. I have zero issues with your desserts. =) But I do this, especially with the salmon!

    • Good to know Belinda. I’m glad I’m pleasing one of the most loyal readers of this blog :)

  3. What a pretty photo! Gorgeous salad

  4. What a fantastic looking salad. I cannot wait to give this one a try. So versatile too.

  5. Natalie at #

    Your site is amazing…Marsha shared it with me and I love it. I am going to try this recipe tonight.

    • Awesome, thank you! I do this salad pretty often, with a few variations. My daughter loves it! :)