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Keep it simple with this simple summertime salad

Ripe tomatoes, ham and cucumbers make a delightful, simple salad.
Ripe tomatoes, ham and cucumbers make a delightful, simple salad. Special to Sun Herald

It’s going to get hot soon, and that means the annual search for the perfect summer recipe will be in full swing.

You want something light and refreshing, and something that isn’t going to be too difficult and time-consuming to make.

The older I get, the more I realize simplicity is best, so this simple salad is at the top of my list. Remember, the quality of ingredients you use will determine your success.

Simple salad

1-2 large red ripe and fragrant tomatoes, chopped into bite sizes

1 large cucumber chopped into cubes the same size as the tomatoes

1 cup ham, cubed and sautéed until starting to brown

Toss the ingredients, douse with best-quality olive oil, now season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve chilled.

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