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Simple Tomato and Cucumber Salad (Gluten-Free)


The finished tomato and cucumber salad. Photo: CC-HarlanH

This fast and delightfully fresh salad is a staple in my kitchen throughout the year, but particularly during the summer months I know affectionately as "tomato-heaven." You can mix it up by using cherry or plum tomatoes, or whatever tomatoes rate handy. The dressing offers a nice balance of tart and sweet; it’s a good one to keep on hand. Feel free to omit the chili flakes if you’re not a fan, or even substitute with a little dill.

Ingredients:
3 large tomatoes
1 large cucumber
2 bell peppers, red or yellow
1 red onion
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
½ cup red whine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
½ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
Salt and pepper to taste

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Directions:
Dice all vegetables into similar size and mix together in a large bowl.

For the dressing, combine vinegar, mustard and honey. Slowly whisk in olive oil. Pour over vegetables and sprinkle with chili flakes.

Top with cheese, taste and season with salt and pepper if desired.

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I agree with Ennis. It sounds like she is getting access to gluten way too often to expect healing. I had some pretty severe patches of intestinal damage when I was diagnosed. Anemia was my symptom and I had no gut issues then. So, just because she injests gluten and does not have some major symptoms right away, does not mean she is not building up antibodies. Have those antibodies been re-tested to see if they are in the normal ranges now? Missing patches of damage in the small intestine is possible. Heck, the small intestine is the size of a tennis court (goggle it). So easy to miss. Also, your GI should have taken more than four samples? How many were taken? (Forgive me, if I have forgotten.) Cross contamination in your house is real, especially if you have kids in the house. Member Jebby, a preemie doctor who has celiac disease, was not getting well. Turns out her four small and adorable children were glutening her. She made her house gluten free. Just something to consider. You mentioned she had access to gluten at a party. So, does that mean she caves in and eats it? She needs to become a stakeholder in this diet.

I think that if you soaked in the paddle in vinegar and scrubbed it a few times, you will be fine. But if in doubt, just set the mixer aside for a while until your family's health has improved. In the meantime, use your arm to mix dough! My grandma never had a mixer! I bought a bunch of new stuff because I had been married for 25 years when diagnosed. It was time for new things! Everyone is different in their response to gluten. Science has given us a good estimate, but we know that nothing is "one size fits all". You just have to figure out what is best for you and your family. My anemia resolved within months of being gluten free (ferritin levels). I still have Thalassemia, but it is mild and my body has adapted. It is most likely the one reason that I never made the Olympic team! ? BTW, family and friends are not allowed to bring in gluten into our house with the exception of beer. They can contribute to a potluck by bringing beverages, uncut fruit and veggies, new condiments, tableware, and ice cream ......etc.

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