Elderly Care in Buffalo Grove IL
When the temperature starts to creep up uncomfortably high and the weather becomes oppressively humid, the idea of eating anything heavy can completely ruin your appetite. You crave cool, light foods that are delicious and satisfying without leaving you weighed down or overwhelmed. Fortunately, the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables seasonal at this time of year make it easy to fill your menu with tasty meals that nourish your body and keep you feeling your best even when the weather is against you. This is especially important within the context of your elderly care plan when you must concern yourself with your aging loved ones getting the nourishment they need, often having to combat finicky tastes and low appetites to do it.
This recipe is for a summertime salad popular throughout the South where warm weather means backyard gardens overflowing with ripe vegetables just waiting to become sides, condiments, and even delectable light lunches. It is a great way to use fresh homegrown vegetables, but if you do not have your own garden, head to the local farmer’s market to find fresh vegetables from farms and co-ops in your area. This produce is has better flavor, is usually far less expensive, and you get the opportunity to spend some time out with your aging parents while knowing you are supporting a family farm.
The flavor of this salad just gets better the longer you let it sit, so make sure you have at least 2 hours to refrigerate it before you serve and leave it chilling overnight if possible.
What You’ll Need
• 3 medium cucumbers
• 1 medium onions
• 3 medium tomatoes
• 1/2 cup vinegar
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 1 cup water
• 2 teaspoons salt
• 1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
• 1/4 cup vegetable oil
• Large mixing bowl
• Medium mixing bowl
• Sharp knife
• Mixing spoon
• Plastic wrap
• Vegetable peeler
What to Do
• Use the sharp knife to cut both ends off of the cucumbers
• Peel the cucumbers, removing as little flesh as possible. If a little bit of the skin remains, that is fine
• Slice the cucumbers into 1/4-inch thick discs and put them in the mixing bowl
• Remove the skin from the onion, slice it into discs, and separate the discs into rings
• Distribute the rings on top of the cucumbers
• Remove the end from the tomatoes and cut them into wedges
• Add the wedges of tomato on top of the cucumber and onion
• Put all remaining ingredients into the medium mixing bowl
• Whisk the ingredients together until well incorporated to create the marinade for the salad
• Pour the marinade over the vegetables and use the mixing spoon to toss them together until all of the vegetables are thoroughly coated
• Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and put the bowl in the refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours before serving
For a more filling salad perfect for a light lunch or dinner, add in cooked, chilled spaghetti noodles. You can also add in chunks of cooked chicken or tofu to add protein and round out the meal.
If you or an aging loved one are interested in elderly care near Buffalo Grove, IL, call the caring staff at Harmony Home Care Inc. at 847-382-6200. Providing Care in Barrington, Inverness, Arlington Heights, Palatine, Buffalo Grove, Crystal Lake, Lake Zurich, Huntley, Hoffman Estates, & Vernon Hills.
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