When I think of summer, fresh cucumbers and tomatoes always come to mind, and yes, those tomatoes and cucumbers are fresh from our garden. (I'm so thankful for a hubby who loves to work outside in the yard and garden!) You'll also see that I used a red onion in this, but that came from Kroger! We just don't eat enough onions to justify taking up space in our tiny garden for them. I'd much rather use the space for corn, squash, or okra. Be sure you use a red (or purple) onion to give the salad that nice, extra bite.
Speaking of "bite"... I've seen this salad referred to as "Fire and Ice Salad," but I'm not sure I'd call it that. Most "Fire and Ice" salad recipes really do "bite" because they have jalapenos, bell peppers, celery seed, ceyenne pepper, or a multitude of other ingredients tossed in to stoke the "fire." My salad doesn't bite that much, so I'm sticking with "Super Simple Summer Salad" (Try saying that as quickly as you can five times! :-)
Now that your tongue is all tangled up, let's start gathering ingredients:
You can, of course, use your favorite commercially bottled Italian dressing, if you'd like a more tangy salad. For a quick substitute, use 1 bottle of Kraft Tuscan Italian Dressing instead of water, vinegar, and sugar. Just add the dressing, toss, and refrigerate before serving. Yummy!
She purchased a pint of the spread at a Whole Foods Market deli and coaxed me into trying it. Once I took a bite, I knew I had to figure out the recipe, so I could keep it on hand (because the nearest Whole Foods Market is 30 miles away, and I don't want to go there every time I'm craving pimento cheese). So, the recipe you'll get today is one I created by combining three or four other recipes I found online for pimento cheese spread. The first place I searched, of course, was Whole Foods Market. Here's the link to that recipe, if you want to give it a try: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/2327 (It's probably "good" but not as good as my version! IMHO!)
Pimento cheese is a versatile spread. This very southern recipe makes a great appetizer on celery or crackers. Also, you can use it to perk up grits and baked potatoes, or as a topping on hamburgers or hot dogs. You can scoop it up with tortilla or corn chips. But today, we'll use it to make the best ever grilled pimento cheese sandwich. Let's get started. Here's what you'll need:
PAT'S PIMENTO CHEESE SPREAD