This cannabis-infused tomato cucumber salad allows you to use up abundant fresh summer produce like fresh herbs, tomatoes, and cucumbers quickly and easily in this delicious plant-based, gluten-free salad that comes together in just a few minutes.
Cannabis-Infused Tomato Cucumber Salad
As a lifelong gardener and now licensed hemp farmer, I believe in the many nutritional, social, and economic benefits of sourcing locally grown produce - cannabis and beyond.
From helping the environment to saving money and the numerous health benefits,
If you are like me and have a large backyard garden or access to a farmer's market, you can make almost this entire recipe with fresh and local ingredients.
I've included ways to infuse this recipe with raw cannabis leaves, decarbed cannabis, cannabis-infused olive oil, and even cannabis concentrates, so you can choose how you want to infuse based on your preferences and what you have access to.
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Four Different Cannabis Infusion Options
The beautiful thing about making your own cannabis edibles at home is that there are many different ways to infuse a recipe.
Choosing an infusion option should be based on your personal preferences and what you already have available on hand.
1. Cannabis-Infused Olive Oil
This simple process allows you to essentially ‘set it and forget it’ once it is set up.
Recipe Recommendation: If you plan to use oil to infuse this recipe, we recommend using 2 tablespoons of cannabis-infused olive oil.
2. Decarbed Cannabis Flower
Using decarbed cannabis flower is no different than using any other ground spice or herb in this recipe.
But it's important to note that consuming dried cannabis flower buds or raw cannabis will provide little to no intoxicating effect or high.
Although there are associated health benefits with CBDA and THCA, this can be good or bad depending on your desired experience.
Most people want to feel CBD or THC's full effects when making homemade edibles.
To reap the benefits of activated CBD or THC, cannabis decarboxylation must occur before consuming the dried flower buds of the cannabis plant.
You can add ground, decarboxylated cannabis flowers to the mix for this recipe, just as you do any herb like dried basil or oregano.
Recipe Recommendation: If you plan to add decarbed cannabis flower to this salad, add 1 teaspoon of ground decarbed cannabis flowers in step 2.
Of course, this is just a suggestion and should be adjusted to your personal preferences and tolerance level.
3. Raw Cannabis Leaves
Cannabis leaves do not produce cannabinoids quite as the mature female flower buds do, so many people feel they are useless or discard them.
While fan leaves contain little to no cannabinoids, they contain important nutrients, antioxidants, and cannabinoid acids like THCA and CBDA, meaning they are not useless.
Of course, not everyone has access to fresh cannabis leaves all year round, but this is a great way to use them up if you do.
Recipe Recommendation: If you plan to add raw cannabis leaves to this salad, use 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped raw cannabis, loosely packed, and add it in step 2.
4. Cannabis Concentrates
One of the easiest ways to make infused foods is with cannabis concentrates or extracts.
Because they are concentrated, you only need to add a tiny bit to each recipe to get the elevated experience you are looking for.
And because you only need to add a tiny bit, cannabis concentrates will not disrupt your food's volume, texture, or flavor.
Recipe Recommendation: If you plan to add cannabis concentrates to this salad, stir in your desired concentrate amount with the olive oil and then add as directed.
Additional Health Benefits
This Cannabis-Infused Tomato Cucumber Salad is bursting with both flavor and nutrition, making it a delicious addition to just about any diet.
Whether you are following a low-carb diet, a gluten-free diet, a dairy-free diet, or another medically necessary restriction diet, this salad is an excellent choice to be enjoyed as a staple or side salad.
This salad is naturally gluten-free, but if you want it to be dairy free, too, be sure to omit the feta cheese.
The Health Benefits of Cucumbers
According to the United States Department of Agriculture Food Composition Databases, one whole cucumber with its peel, measuring approximately 8¼” long contains:
- 45 calories
- Nearly 11 grams of carbohydrates
- Nearly 2 grams of plant-based protein
- Only 0.33 grams of fat
- 1.5 grams of dietary fiber
- 5 grams of naturally occurring, not added, sugar
- 48 milligrams of calcium
- Negligible amounts of thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin B6, vitamin E, vitamin D
The Health Benefits of Tomatoes
Tomatoes are a very nutritious addition to many different diets including the Paleo diet, vegan diets, gluten-free diets, and more.
They are plant-based, contain many important nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and are rich in the important phytonutrient lycopene
More importantly, tomatoes are bursting with flavor, easy to grow at home in the garden, and easy to store as canned or frozen options for the winter.
How to Determine The Dosing
While a calculator is no replacement for lab testing, this tool has been designed to help you get a more accurate guesstimate of the potency of your cannabis infusions and extractions.
Use An Infusion Machine For Your Edibles
Cannabis-infusion machines are countertop devices that do all the work for you by decarboxylating and infusing your butters, oils, and more.
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Cannabis-Infused Tomato Cucumber Salad
- 2 medium cucumbers ½" dice
- 1 cup grape tomatoes halved
- ¼ cup red onion sliced paper-thin
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon fresh chopped basil loosely packed
- 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley loosely packed
- 1 teaspoon fresh chopped oregano loosely packed
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons cannabis-infused olive oil
- ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper optional
- ½ cup fresh feta cheese crumbled, optional
- In a large bowl, combine the cucumber, tomatoes, and red onion with salt and pepper. Toss well to combine and let rest for 10 minutes.
- After resting, stir the mixture and add in the basil, parsley, oregano, garlic, vinegar, infused olive oil, and crushed red pepper. Stir until well combined.
- Let the ingredients sit another 5 minutes to marinate. This will allow the flavors to come together.
- If using feta cheese, crumble atop the salad just before serving.
- If you plan to add raw cannabis to this salad, use 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped raw cannabis, loosely packed, and add it in step 2.
- If you plan to add decarbed cannabis flower to this salad, add 1 teaspoon of decarbed cannabis flowers in step 2.
- If you plan to add cannabis concentrates to this salad, stir in your desired concentrate amount with the olive oil and then add as directed.