Love and Confections: Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Basil-Balsamic Vinaigrette #GFreePizzaNight

August 24, 2015

Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Basil-Balsamic Vinaigrette #GFreePizzaNight

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Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Basil-Balsamic Vinaigrette


Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Basil-Balsamic Vinaigrette is a simple and delicious side dish that is sure to please everyone. The key to the vinaigrette is using fresh basil, which I love to use in my cooking. Pair it with one of Freschetta® Gluten Free Pizzas and you have great meal for any night of the week.

Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Basil-Balsamic Vinaigrette

We usually have pizza on Friday nights every other week. My family loves all kinds of pizza and toppings. A lot of times, friends come over and we play games or watch movies. While my family is not gluten intolerant, some of my friends are. About 15 million Americans are estimated to have food allergies. It's always a good idea to have options, so everyone can enjoy themselves and feel comfortable in my home. All gluten-free eaters can enjoy Freschetta® Gluten Free Pizza because it is certified by the Celiac Support Association.

Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Basil-Balsamic Vinaigrette

I saw Freschetta® Gluten Free Pizza during a recent Publix shopping trip, and decided to try it. We go to Publix at least twice a week, and for our pizza nights, we switch between take-out and bake-your-own pizzas. I love having something alongside the pizza, like a salad. To go along with our Freschetta® Gluten Free Cheese Pizza I made a simple and delicious Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Basil-Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Basil-Balsamic Vinaigrette

To make the salad, slice the cucumbers in 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices, then quarter each slice. Take grape tomatoes and yellow grape tomatoes and cut them in half. I love the two different colors of tomatoes in the salad. Place everything in a medium bowl and grab a measuring cup to make the vinaigrette. Gather all the ingredients for the vinaigrette and whisk together in the measuring cup. Lightly dress and toss the salad. There will be extra vinaigrette for you to enjoy throughout the week.


Freschetta® Gluten Free Pizza is available in two flavors - Cheese Medley and Signature Pepperoni - as well as two different sizes, so it is easy to keep your freezer stocked if you happen to have a gluten-free guest show up.


Don't forget to grab your digital coupon from 8/16-9/06 to save $1.50 on 2 Freschetta® Gluten Free Pizzas. What are your favorite sides to have with pizza? Be sure to check out more delicious pizza ideas from Freschetta here. I'd love to hear your favorite!

Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Basil-Balsamic Vinaigrette
Vinaigrette recipe adapted from Southern Living via All Recipes

Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Basil-Balsamic Vinaigrette Ingredients:
- 1 large Cucumber, sliced and quartered
- 3/4 cup Grape Tomatoes, halved
- 3/4 cup Yellow Grape Tomatoes, halved
- 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Basil
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
- 1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
- 1 teaspoon Sugar
- 1 teaspoon minced Garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
- 1/3 cup Canola or Vegetable Oil

Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Basil-Balsamic Vinaigrette Directions:
1. Place Cucumber and Tomatoes in a medium bowl.
2. In a measuring cup, whisk together the Vinegar, Basil, Lemon Juice, Mustard, Sugar, Garlic, Salt and Pepper. Slowly drizzle in the Oil while whisking, to combine. Lightly dress the veggies and toss to combine. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, then serve. Leftover dressing is good for 5 days in the refrigerator.

Until next time,
LOVE & CONFECTIONS!



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