About this recipe: This salad has the perfect combination of flavours and textures. Courgette, cucumber, red onion, tomatoes and black olives are tossed in a zesty balsamic vinaigrette. It's the perfect salad with any barbecue.
Very nice summery salad. I only add a bit of mixed quinoa and it was great. - 16 Sep 2016
Delicious fresh salad. Followed the recipe for the dressing but changed the salad ingredient amounts according to what we had in - used half cucumber, 2 courgettes that we sliced and chargrilled first for flavour. We also used Greek olives in a garlic dressing but you could a some crushed garlic to the dressing if, like us, you are a garlic lover! The fresh herbs are essential. - 07 Jun 2016
I'm happy to be the first reviewer of this seriously good salad and hopefully get the recipe off to a flying start! I found as I was going to describe this, as "light and fresh," that the submitter had already described it perfectly himself. This was exactly what I had in mind when I was searching for a tomato-cucumber salad this morning and I found this one particularly appealing in that it called for three different acids - the balsamic vinegar, the lighter red wine vinegar and lemon juice. Loved it, especially with the lemon juice and zest, as I don't generally like the heavy, sweet taste of balsamic vinegar. Classic, Mediterranean ingredients and flavors, easily mixed in proportions to suit your own tastes - in my case that would mean a little more olive oil and no sugar. I seeded the tomatoes before chopping so as not to have their excess liquid in the salad. The salad, now hours after I put it together, is already even better since the flavors have had a chance to marry. Since fresh basil has a tendency to turn black, I will add that just before serving. Any leftovers (if there are any!) I plan to mix with some ceci beans (garbanzo beans) for a healthy, light lunch. Beautiful salad, full of flavor and pleasantly so! - 27 Aug 2010 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)