Cucumber and tomato salad for lunch

Among the great buys I found yesterday when shopping for produce, I came across 8 cucumbers (about 1 lb) for $2.26, so I decided to eat them for lunch today together with a dry pint of grape tomatoes.

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I first peeled the cucumbers then sliced them into quarters lengthwise before chopping them into bite-sized chunks.

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I then cut each tomato in half and put them into a mixing bowl with the cucumber chunks.

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I then made a dressing using the following ingredients:

2 TBSP Bragg’s apple cider vinegar
2 TBSP mustard
6 TBSP coconut nectar (or coconut sugar or agave nectar or minced dates or other sweetener)

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I ate this entire bowl for lunch.  Peeled large cukes have about 35 calories each and the pint of tomatoes had about 110 calories for a total of about 390 calories in fruit (yes, both tomatoes & cukes are technically fruits) plus the calories in the sauce, which was about 330 (due to the coconut nectar). Therefore, the entire meal was 720 calories, with only about 3 grams of fat (from the cukes), zero cholesterol, about 18 grams protein, and 20 grams of fiber.  Nutritionally, the meal contained 195% of my daily vitamin C, 100% of my vitamin A, 40% of my iron, and 25% of my calcium (from the cukes).  It was quite a refreshing, satisfying, and nutritious lunch.

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