Summer Salad

My mom has been making summer salad for me and my sisters for as many summers as I can remember. It is super easy because it is quick and there are only 4 ingredients needed. The amount of each ingredients depends on how many people you are planning on serving. I grew up in a house of 6, so this recipe will feed 6!


3 large tomatoes

1 onion

2 large cucumbers

half a bottle of Italian dressing


Dice up the tomatoes, onions, and cucumbers and place them into a bowl. Soak the vegetables in dressing. You can store the mix and place in the fridge so it can chill overnight.



Cucumbers actually are very nutritious. There are multiple facts about cucumbers that many people don’t know about, including:

  1. They contain Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, folic acid, vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, and zinc.
  2. Have the ability to fight lethargic feelings and hunger because of the carbohydrates.
  3. Rub slices along bathroom mirrors to prevent it from fogging up.
  4. Slices prevent grubs and slugs from destroying plants in the garden.
  5. Boiling cucumber slices creates a relaxing aroma that helps fight stress.
  6. Pressing a slice of cucumber to the roof of your mouth helps fight bad breath.
  7. Eases swelling.
  8. Since cucumbers are 95% water, they help you reach the 8 daily glasses of water goal.
  9. Could help reduce the risk of cancer.
  10. Pureed or sliced cucumbers helps with sunburn.

Tips for houseplants


Plants actually like the same temperatures as humans. So make sure that you keep your plants away from heaters, air-conditioners, near drafts, and on windowsills behind curtains. If you do keep plants near windows, the best place is about 3 feet away. It can still get sun, but the temperature is more temperate.



Cleaning plants is a plant chore that most people aren’t aware of. Cleaning the leaves with a damp cloth or paintbrush is the most efficient way to make sure that the leaves are absorbing as much sun as they can.



Plants can wilt due to under-watering or over-watering. In order to tell the difference, check the moisture of the soil it is in. If the soil is dry, it needs more water. If the soil is moist, the plant should be repotted. To ensure that the plant survives, wrap the roots with newspaper or paper towels. Continue to replace either until they have soaked up all the moisture. Repot the plant into fresh potting mix and keep it out of direct sunlight.


(All of these tips are from the book How Not to Kill Your Houseplant: Survival Tips for the Horticulturally Challenged. By: Veronica Peerless)