This Marinated Tomato and Cucumber Salad has layers or tomatoes, cucumbers and onions in a perfectly sweet and salty brine. It’s a delicious and crunchy pickled salad.
- 5 lbs tomatoes
- 5 lbs pickling cucumbers
- 2 lbs onions
- 2 heads of garlic
- 1 large bunch fresh dill
- 20 cups water
- 8 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- 9 Tablespoons fine sea salt
- 3/4 cup distilled white vinegar
- 10 Tablespoons sunflower oil (1 Tablespoon per jar)
- Wash the cucumbers and tomatoes. If your cucumbers are a little soft, you can crisp them up by letting them soak in really cold water for 15-30 minutes.
- Slice the cucumbers into approximately 1/2 inch circles. Slice the onions, about 1/4 inch slices and quarter the tomatoes. Peel the garlic.
- Wash and dry your canning jars.
- Place a few sprigs of fresh dill on the bottom of each jar, and then add 2-4 garlic cloves.
- Layer the onions, cucumbers and tomatoes in 2 layers in each jar. I got 10 (1 quarjars, using 8 wide mouth quart jars and 2 half gallon wide mouth jars.
- Meanwhile, in a large pot, bring the water, salt and sugar to a boil, mixing until all the sugar and salt dissolve. Off the heat, pour in the vinegar.
- Ladle the hot marinade mixture over the vegetables in the jar, all the way to the top.
- Add about a tablespoon of sunflower oil to the top of each jar. I add a little bit less than a Tablespoon to the quart jars and a little more than a Tablespoon to the half gallon jars.
- Place the jar lids in boiling water and let the lids stay in the boiling water for 10-15 minutes also, off the heat.
- 1In a large pot, place a towel or dishcloth on the bottom and fill it with water. Bring the water to a boil. Place the filled jars in the boiling water, on top of the towel, cover them loosely with the lids and cook, at a simmer, for 10-15 minutes.
- Take the jars out of the water and close the lids tightly. Repeat with all the jars.
- The tomato and cucumber salad is ready to eat in 1-2 days, since the vegetables are cut, the marinade penetrates them really quickly. Store opened jars in the refrigerator, the rest are shelf stable at room temperature.