Update: Congrats to Kristal Woods for winning this giveaway!

While you probably have a base tan and have sweated over a grill by now, today is officially the first day of summer.

Welcome, summer. We are so glad to have you.

In honor of this warm season, here’s a cool recipe that you can easily transport. Say, to the beach for a picnic.

Simple Tomato & Cucumber Salad
Serves 2

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 splashes red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
1 large cucumber, halved lengthwise, seeded & diced
4 Roma tomatoes, seeded & diced
¼ red onion, diced
¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled or diced
Fresh mint leaves, chopped

  • In the bottom of a bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Add remaining ingredients and toss to coat.
  • Let stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Taste for seasoning. Serve at room temp or chill and serve cold.



And since no picnic is complete without a blanket, we’re giving one away! Leave a comment telling us your favorite summer dish to enter to win this fantastic beach picnic blanket.

By entering today’s giveaway, you acknowledge LifeWay Christian Resource’s official promotion rules found hereToday’s giveaway starts at the posting time of this blog and ends next Tuesday (6/25/13) at 11:59 p.m. CST. You must be 18 to enter, and you may only enter once. The winner will be selected at random. For questions about the rules and regulations of this giveaway, please contact Bud Harlan at One LifeWay Plaza, Nashville, TN 37234-140.


  1. I’m not a feta cheese person, but I could see this with fresh mozzarella :-)

    • mine is macaroni salad. this cucumber tomato salad sounds good.

    • Patty Hooser says:

      Oh I am going to try this looks yummie!

    • I love the salad you shared above. My favorite and more for the kiddies is Anything Pasta Salad. We use whatever kind of pasta there is in the house, something that will hold dressing like rotini, macaroni, shells. Then we add pepperoni slices (cut in halves), shredded cheddar cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese, and a firm veggie like broccoli florets, chopped celery, roma tomatoes (cut in halves), chopped zuchini. Then we add ranch dressing and mix until everything is covered with dressing. Be careful not to add too much dressing. Season with pepper, parsley; sprinkle with paprika and chill at least 30 mins. Kiddies love the ranch flavor on their favorites – pepperoni and cheese. Plus they get the stick to your ribs pasta and fresh veggies.

  2. andrea t. says:

    Yum, Yum!
    I LOVE me some “ICE COLD” watermelon slices – Beach side!

  3. Oh it’s hard to pick just one dish! Watermelon, cucumber salad, cold pasta salad, strawberry soup, sun tea. Are you sensing a theme? I like something COLD in the summer. It’s so hot here in Houston, that eating anything hot is just not very appealing!

  4. I’d have to go with fruit pizza :) mmmm!

  5. Dee Meyers says:

    My fave summer dish is this delicious “Yummy Chicken Salad” (my name for it) that I love to make to bring to parties. It has chix and almonds, and grapes, and it’s sooooo amazing. I better get to the store and buy the ingredients right now. OK later….

  6. Strawberry shortcake – with homegrown strawberries and homemade whipped cream!! Yum.

  7. Brooke Akins says:

    Fresh fruit and picnic food!

  8. Christy Crownover says:

    Fruit Pizza: sugar cookie crust, cream cheese & sugar topped with summer’s fresh fruits such as strawberries, blueberries and kiwi. Yum! Yum!

  9. Marie Thompson says:

    All of my favorite summer foods in one bowl!! Anything with tomato and cucumber in it can’t be bad!
    Happy Summer!!


  10. Lydia F says:

    I love potato salad!!

  11. Cindy W says:

    Honey Pecan Chicken Salad….or any salad really.

  12. Susan W says:

    ICE, cold watermelon!!!!!

  13. Rhonda McClellan says:

    Favorite summer dish – just can’t beat a delicious, cold, juicy watermelon. :)

  14. Samantha H. says:

    I love to eat chilled watermelon!

  15. JenniferT says:

    My Mom’s cole slaw..YUMMY!!

  16. Lisa Wight says:

    Loaded Baked Potato Salad is my favorite! (And anything my husband cooks on the grill!)

  17. Cheryl Kelly says:

    I enjoy cold pasta salad with all the yummy fresh veggies from the garden and Sun Dried Tomato dressing.

  18. Danielle Hicks says:

    This recipe had my name written all over it. I LOVE all the ingredients!

  19. Nanette R says:

    My favorite summer recipe to make is Red and Black Bean salad. It only has eight ingredients, including spices and comes together really fast. It’s great on a green salad or served with chips or just as a side dish.

  20. Brittany B says:

    I love homegrown fruit in the summer and a BLT!

  21. Jennifer Braxton says:

    Mine this year has turned out to be open faced club sandwiches. I love it with the fresh cherry tomatoes, lettuce, Bacon, egg. Yum!!

  22. Melissa says:

    Fruit Salad!!!

  23. Suzanne G. says:

    Potato salad

  24. Pam Shuler says:

    It sounds refreshing, but my favorite is Good old fashioned Potato Salad!

  25. Carmen Horne says:

    Watermelon and peaches! I love summer time fruit!

  26. My favorite is homemade ice cream, any flavor!!!

  27. My favorite summer dish is my Mom’s Potato Salad. Don’t get it often enough. Thank you for the recipe. It looks yummy!

  28. Blueberry cobbler w/vanilla ice cream

  29. Betty M says:

    All time fav!! Home made potato salad!! Goes good with southern fried chicken and fresh fruit!!!

  30. Sandy Bowers says:

    Hmmmmm. Favorite summer dish? That’s a tough one. Probably corn on the cob!!!!

  31. Cassie thompson says:

    Cold cucumber soup

  32. That looks yummy. Summer makes me think of my mom’s potato salad. Welcome summer!

  33. Angelica Gaintner says:

    Grilled squash and zucchini! Yummy :)

  34. I have lots of favorites….grilled corn on the cob, watermelon (especially yellow meated)….

  35. Lisa Martin says:

    Broccoli salad with too many other ingredients to list!

  36. Any salad!!! And grilled corn on the cob! I love summer eating :)

  37. Kristal Woods says:

    Fresh watermelon slices with a sprinkle of salt…YUM!!

  38. Melinda Hohenberger says:

    I love the red, white and blue layered fruit salad (strawberries, blueberries and cool whip) that many of us love to make for the summer holidays. (The one on the cool whip label and advertised in Family Circle and Woman’s Day magazines )

  39. Kristie Nanes says:

    This recipe looks so fresh and yummy.
    But I love cold, juicy, sweet watermelon or any other fruit on a warm summer day..melon, berries, grapes, pineapple… Yum..awesome even blended into a cold, refreshing smoothie ;)

  40. The salad sounds yummy!! Not a big fan of cucumbers but I love tomatoes. I also like the blanket, blue seems like a better color as I would think the yellow one might hide in the sand- no contrast.

  41. Pam Nelson says:

    This sounds yummy. I can’t wait to make it tomorrow.

  42. Debbie Mitchell says:

    Taco Salad, fresh fruit salad, and iced tea with fresh lemons. . . . The best ! : )

  43. My mother-in-law’s recipe for creamy cucumbers. It takes me a time or two each season to get it as good as hers, but I generally can get there!

  44. Having an ice cream bar with lots of toppings!!!

  45. colette says:

    I love watermelon and ice cream popsicles!! I also have a delicious recipe called Mile High Strawberry Pie. It has a graham cracker crust with a frozen Strawberry top! So refreshing for Summer!! Thanks for reminding me of it! Your recipe looks so good too!

  46. My favorite summer salad is spinach with garlic olive oil dressing. Thank you for giving us a recipe .

  47. Ooh! Fave summer dish is BBQ chicken legs on the backyard grill! Just like Grandpa used to do…such fun memories!

  48. Quinoa salad – preferably with fresh cut tomatoes and chicken, garden-fresh salsa and best brownies!

  49. Lisa Kerr says:

    I love Chesapeake Bay Crabs, Fresh Corn on the Cob, & Potato Salad! Thank you for the chance to win:)

  50. Angie Miller says:

    My grandmother used to make a salad like this but without the feta. I’m going to try this tonight since we have fresh tomatoes from the garden!
    My favorite salad is the one with grapes and pecans tossed with a cream-cheese/brown sugar dressing. Yumm-O!

  51. Cari Andreani says:

    I love banana pudding and those delicious banana pudding milk shakes in the summer! Yum!!

  52. My favorite summer dish is fresh squash from the garden with olive oil and garlic wrapped up in aluminum foil and grilled!

  53. Kathy S says:

    Frozen grapes!

  54. Kendra Buchanan says:

    My favorite summer dish is good ole American Potatoe salad.

  55. Amanda benson says:

    I love a good grill out with hamburgers, corn on the cob, an watermelon!

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