The Summer Harvest Yet to Come

Summer in Cleveland is the time of copious amounts of tomatoes and cucumbers being grown in backyard gardens. I am not much a gardener (OK, I’m not a gardener at all), so I rely on the generosity of my neighbors and co-workers. I always get a smile when I walk into the office and there are bags of tomatoes or cucumbers out to share. That means the bounty is in and the owner is overwhelmed with the amount of goodness.

As spring has just begun and the summer harvest is a long way away, I must be dreaming of those days to come. The following is a variation of the Greek salad which was previously posted.

The recipe calls for large shrimp, but I think it works great with bite sized salad shrimp.

Olive oil, red wine vinegar and fresh vegetables – how can you go wrong?

A quick tip for stripping fresh herbs. With one hand, hold the base of the stem, and with the other pinch the base and gently pull up the stem. The leaves will easily pull off (and minor stems too). Repeat with other stems.

A quick mix of the dressing.

Shrimp and Tomato Summer Salad

Prep Time: 25 mins | Servings: 6 | Difficulty: easy


  • 2 tablespoon(s) olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon(s) red wine vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup(s) loosely packed fresh parsley leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup(s) loosely packed fresh mint leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound(s) (large) cooked shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 4 (about 2 1/2 pounds) ripe tomatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 English (seedless) cucumber or 4 Kirby cucumbers, cut lengthwise into quarters, then cut crosswise into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup(s) (about 2 ounces) crumbled feta cheese


1. In serving bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper; stir in parsley and mint.

2. Add shrimp, tomatoes, cucumber, and onion to dressing in bowl; stir to combine. Sprinkle salad with feta to serve. Serve at room temperature or cover and refrigerate to serve later.


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Categories: Cheese, Greek, Low Carb, Lunch, Main Dish, Recipes, Salad, Seafood, Vegetable

Author:The Ranting Chef

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42 Comments on “The Summer Harvest Yet to Come”

  1. ambergravitt
    April 14, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    Oh, how I love summer food! Looks delicious.


  2. YogaKat
    April 14, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    Looks yummy and refreshing…perfect for a hot summer day…


  3. April 14, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    wonderful looking salad!


  4. April 14, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    It’s true. My husband planted our first garden just recently and the tomatoes and cucumbers are just starting to happen. We are so excited. He planted jalapenos too and hopes to make his own barbecue sauce! Aloha.


  5. April 14, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    Looks yummy – but I have to omit the shrimp b/c I’m allergic. 😉


  6. April 14, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    That looks delicious!


  7. rigmover
    April 14, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    That looks so nice, all we need now is the good weather and ill be making that.


  8. April 14, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

    Who could resist this?


  9. Nicole Brait
    April 14, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    This looks really good. As soon as I can get decent tomatoes I’m going to try it.


  10. April 14, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    Yum! This looks so summery and refreshing!


  11. April 14, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    Looks yummy! Everyone liked the original Greek salad that I made last weekend.


  12. April 14, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    Reblogged this on Country By Design's Blog and commented:
    Okay, I haven’t tried this version of a Greek salad, but if it as good as the original, you will love it!


  13. April 14, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    How can we possibly wait that long for all that good food, this looks great! I am a gardener, pity you are not down the road! c


  14. April 14, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    Here people eat cucumbers every day, even for breakfast on their man’ooshe (flatbread with toppings). Love the freshness and ease of that salad!


  15. April 14, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

    I really want shrimp now. This sounds fantastic.


  16. rmadere
    April 14, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    That looks good. Thanks for sharing.


  17. April 14, 2012 at 7:36 pm #

    Could you come to my house and cook for me 🙂


  18. April 14, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

    Oh Yum!


  19. April 14, 2012 at 8:20 pm #

    This looks like a tasty salad full of flavor!


  20. April 14, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    my favorite! shrimp


  21. April 14, 2012 at 11:02 pm #

    Im craving chef, i love salad so much


  22. April 14, 2012 at 11:27 pm #

    This looks great! So fresh!


  23. April 14, 2012 at 11:30 pm #

    Am making this tomorrow! Just defrosted the shrimp… What a treat to have found your blog and thanks for stopping by mine as well. Cheers!


  24. April 15, 2012 at 12:26 am #

    looks fresh and delicious. can’t resist shrimp!


  25. April 15, 2012 at 3:54 am #

    YUM! Adding this to my collection. Thank you! 🙂


  26. April 15, 2012 at 7:25 am #

    Love your blog, have linked is to mine:



  27. Beating Ennui
    April 15, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    looks great, thanks for stopping by my blog


  28. April 15, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    I looks beautiful! It’s always in salads that I most regret the fact that I hate tomatoes…they’re such a great burst of color!


  29. April 15, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    Thanks for visiting my blog! I love Greek Salad! Never thought to put shrimp in it though, but that’s an awesome idea!


  30. April 15, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    This sounds fabulous!


  31. April 15, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

    Looks like something I’d love to eat!


  32. April 15, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

    This looks delicious, can’t wait to try it!


  33. April 15, 2012 at 10:19 pm #

    Yes, this sounds good… I’ve been occasionally snacking on just the shrimp out of my leftovers in the fridge of (originally) hot dishes… this reminds me to make a nice cold salad with shrimp.


  34. April 16, 2012 at 5:06 am #

    Well done, thanks for sharing this, and looking forward to attempting something along this line here in Kolkata!


  35. Eelke
    April 16, 2012 at 7:38 am #

    Yum, this looks lovely! Will definitely try it out sometime 😀


  36. April 16, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    This looks amazing. I am a big fan of shrimp recipes.



  37. April 16, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    Sounds delicious and perfect since come summer, we’ll have plenty of fresh veggies to use!


  38. Hutch
    April 16, 2012 at 11:59 pm #

    Okay, you got my attention with the picture (and the recipe) of this one! Yum!!!!


  39. April 17, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

    This looks so light and refreshing!


  40. April 19, 2012 at 10:19 pm #

    Reblogged this on New to the wonderful world of cooking .. and loving it! and commented:
    Definitely going to try this!


  41. threeapplesaday
    June 7, 2012 at 11:20 pm #

    Great recipe! Anything with mint gets my vote.



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