5large tomatoes(fresh and fully ripe; tomatoes on the vine are a very good choice)
1English cucumber(fresh and firm)
1/2large red onion
2Tbspchopped fresh Italian parsley
2Tbspchopped fresh cilantro
For the dressing:
1/2cupextra virgin olive oil(very good quality)
1/4cupred wine vinegar
freshly ground black pepper(to taste)
Core the tomatoes, cut into 6-8 wedges, then cut each wedge in half. Place the tomatoes into a large bowl, sprinkle with a pinch of brown sugar, salt, and pepper, and toss really well.
Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise, then slice it into 1/4" thick slices. Add the cucumbers to the tomatoes.
Slice half the red the onion into very thin slivers crosswise. Then cut the slivers in half, or leave as is, depending on you preference. Add to cucumbers and tomatoes. Add the chopped parsley and cilantro.
To prepare the dressing, throw all of the dressing ingredients into a small bowl and whisk together vigorously, until well blended.
Pour the dressing over the vegetables and toss gently using both hands. Cover the bowl with plastic and let sit at room temperature until ready to serve, for 1 to 6 hours. This will allow the flavors to meld together.