|Banana leg tomato, lemon cucumber and salad sandwich|
I've featured lemon cucumbers on here before and explained how they are cucumbers shaped like and the colour of lemons. They taste exactly like "ordinary" cucumbers, though the skin is a bit thicker. When I was gifted the latest couple of these cucumbers from a local greenhouse a few days ago, I was also given some curiously named banana leg tomatoes, another new fruit for me to try. I've been familiar with yellow tomatoes since childhood - when they were grown in the family greenhouse - but these banana leg ones were shaped entirely differently. Taste? Exactly the same as other yellow tomatoes and just a little bit sweeter than red ones. What better way to enjoy these two ingredients on what was a beautiful summer's day than to make a tasty salad sandwich for lunch?
|Banana leg tomatoes and lemon cucumber|
Ingredients (Makes 2 Sandwiches)
2 banana leg tomatoes, sliced long ways
1/2 lemon cucumber, sliced
2 handfuls mixed salad leaves of choices
4 diagonal slices from an organic white bloomer loaf (or loaf of choice)
Butter or substitute (optional)
Splash of malt vinegar (optional)
2 or 3 shredded basil leaves to garnish
|Salad leaves are washed in cold water|
Always remember to wash salad leaves thoroughly under running cold water before they are used. This applies to whether you pick them from your own garden/greenhouse or buy them from a supermarket. Never trust a lable that says, "Washed and ready to eat." The risk of food poisoning from unwashed (particularly supermarket packed) salad leaves is very real.
|Thick slices are cut diagonally from organic white bloomer loaf|
Slice the bread and butter if desired.
It is entirely up to you whether you wish to peel the lemon cucumber. I don't as I like the crunch provided by the skin but some people think it is a little too thick. Either way, wash and dry the cucumber and the tomatoes before slicing.
|Banana leg tomatoes and lemon cucumber are sliced|
Shake the washed salad leaves dry and lay them on what will be the bottom slice of bread in each sandwich.
|Salad leaves are laid on what will be the bottom of the sandwich|
Lay the lemon cucumber slices on top of the salad and season with a little salt and a splash of malt vinegar if desired. I love malt vinegar with any type of cucumber - it really helps bring out the subtle flavour.
|Lemon cucumber slices are laid on salad bed|
Lay the banana leg tomato slices on the cucumber and season with a little more salt. Garnish with the shredded basil leaves.
|Banan leg tomato slices are laid on lemon cucumber and salad|
Close over your sandwiches, press down slightly on the top slice of bread and enjoy!
|Banana leg tomato, lemon cucumber and salad sandwich ready to eat|