Rich Man’s Salad


Well, if I truly do experience such a thing as a pregnancy craving this is it, without a doubt. I ate this salad non-stop during the summer I was pregnant with my first and this time?  Well,  lets just say I’ve had it three times this week alone.  And it’s Wednesday.  If you need a little help with the math that means I’ve eaten it everyday this week and I have no intention of stopping.   I wonder if there is such a thing as Rich Man’s Salad Anonymous?

This salad was a summer treat growing up and it tastes just as fresh and lip puckering as it did back then.  My sister and I would fight over who got to drink the juice at the bottom of the bowl and I now fight with my toddler over it.  What?  It’s mine!  I will say it is so important to use in season homegrown tomatoes…it just won’t taste the same if you don’t.

As for the name?  Well…I am led to believe it was named this because it does not have any inexpensive fillers such as wheat in tabouli or lettuce in traditional salad.  It’s simply a big ol’ bowl of all the goods.  My own personal theory?  It was named that because it just tastes like a million bucks.  It’s garlicky and tart and sweet and crunchy and fresh and perfect in every way possible.  Okay I’ll stop…but you guys seriously have to try this while those awesome tomatoes are still available.  And if you find yourself as addicted as I?  Call me…we can start our own support group.


Rich Man’s Salad


1/4 Cup + 1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice

1/4 Cup Olive Oil

2 Garlic Cloves, grated

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

1/4 Teaspoon Pepper

2 Large Home Grown Tomatoes

1 English Cucumber

1 Green Pepper

1/2 Red or Sweet Onion, sliced vertically

2 Tablespoons Fresh Chopped Mint Leaves

2 Tablespoons Fresh Chopped Parsley


In a small bowl whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper until well combined.  Chop the tomatoes, cucumber and green pepper into large bite-sized pieces and place in a large bowl.  Add the onion, mint and parsley and drizzle the vinaigrette over the top.  Stir well to coat and season with additional salt and pepper if desired.  Serves 4

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