Cucumber, Tomato & Lemon Balm Salad
Lemon balm is a perennial herb that resembles mint but with a lemon flavor and scent to it. When a bunch arrived in my CSA box, I struggled to come up with a recipe right away. I was thinking all of these complicated and predictable dishes like sage and lemon balm chicken (ok, not complicated but predictable). A smoothie recipe even came to mind, which I think would have tasted really good but I had my heart set on using it in a dish.
In the end, I decided on something quick and simple. In my conception of this dish, I was going to spiralize cucumber, add tomatoes and mix it with this fragrant lemony leaf. What really happened was that my spiralizer was too small for the extra large cucumber I had and it needed to be chopped up instead. Disappointing only because it didn’t take as pretty of a picture, but tasted the same nonetheless.
- -1 large cucumber or two medium (if you want to spiralize and make it look pretty)
- -2 tomatoes
- -1 bunch of lemon balm
- -1-2 tablespoons olive oil (depending on size of produce)
- -dash of onion powder
- -dash of garlic powder
- -salt & pepper (to taste)
- Spiralize or dice cucumber and put into a medium bowl. Dice tomato and chop lemon balm and add it to the cucumber. Drizzle with olive oil, season with garlic, onion, salt and pepper and toss! Serve along side chicken or fish or anything really, but those would compliment well!
Have you ever used lemon balm in a dish? What recipes have you made?