I photographed this salad outside in the sun, and you can tell autumn is here, because there's an amber quality to the light – lovely, warm, and...disturbing at the same time. Why? Because it heralds the imminent succession of the hard blue light of winter.
Tomato Cucumber Salad
1-1/2 cups seeded, chopped cucumber
1-1/2 cups seeded, chopped tomato
1/2 cup Greek olives, pitted
1/8 cup minced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsps olive oil
Toss together all the ingredients, including vegetable seasoning to taste – I use plenty as you can see in the picture – then chill. The salt in the vegetable seasoning coaxes out the juices in the vegetables so they bathe in their own "vinaigrette". Serves 2.