Cucumber Tomato Salad


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Cucumber Tomato Salad is a classic salad, light, cooling, and oh-so refreshing. This easy salad is made with sliced cucumbers & juicy tomatoes and enhanced with slivers of red onion and a tangy vinaigrette dressing.

Serve cucumber tomato onion salad next to grilled or roasted meats or fish, such as marinated beef or chicken kabobs, grilled salmon, or pork tenderloin.

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How to Make Cucumber Tomato Salad

When the farmer’s markets start overflowing with juicy garden fresh veggies, I take my cue to make a big bowl of cucumber tomato salad.

  1. Combine all dressing ingredients (per recipe below).
  2. Slice all vegetables and toss with the dressing.

I love using a combination of fresh or dried oregano and basil in this salad to bring out its Mediterranean essence. Chopped fresh dill and-or parsley deliver equally excellent herbal notes.

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English cucumber is ideal for this recipe. The peels are tender enough that there’s no need to remove them, and the seeds are virtually nonexistent. If you only have regular salad cukes on hand, those are perfectly suitable as well. Just peel them, and, if the seeds seem tough, scoop them out and then slice.

Dressing for Cucumber Tomato Salad

Honestly, this salad really doesn’t need much, a simple dressing allows the flavor of the veggies to shine and keeps the salad light and fresh.

A splash of vinegar and a bit of olive oil with salt & pepper. I most often use red wine vinegar but you can use your favorite (infused oils and vinegars are great here too).

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Can I Make it Ahead?

This salad tastes great served cold and can be made ahead. Of course it’s best made the day you’re serving it but you can keep it for a couple of days and drain any juices. Whenever I’m planning this dish and need to get a jump on dinner, I partially prep the tomato-cucumber salad.

  1. In the same bowl you plan to make the salad, whisk together the wine vinegar, olive oil, herbs, salt and pepper.
  2. Peel and cut the onion into slivers and toss in the vinaigrette.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for up to a day in advance.

The onions will stay crunchy while helping the dressing mellow and develop flavor. To assemble the salad, all you have to do is slice the cucumbers and tomatoes, toss with the onion and vinaigrette mixture, and briefly refrigerate before serving.

More Fun Additions

You can have a lot of fun with this recipe, by treating it as a foundation. Go ahead and layer in other fresh and tasty ingredients like crumbled feta, mozzarella balls, avocado chunks or chopped fennel bulb. Got stale bread? Even better, turn this into a Panzanella Salad to make it a meal!

The options are limited only by your own creativity!

Salads with a Cucumber Crunch

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Review Recipe

Cucumber Tomato Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Holly Nilsson
This fresh summer salad provides the perfect crunch!

Ingredients

  • 1 long English cucumber sliced
  • 2-3 large tomatoes diced
  • ½ red onion sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh herbs parsley, basil and/or dill, optional
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • salt & pepper to taste

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Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and toss well.
  • Refrigerate at least 20 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 104, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 6mg, Potassium: 296mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 591IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 29mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword cucumber tomato salad
Course Salad
Cuisine American
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  1. I made this recipe but with apple cider vinegar instead of red wine vinegar, after 2 days in the fridge it seemed to kind of separate. Did I do something wrong?

    1. Apple Cider Vinegar should be fine in this recipe. I’m not sure what separated but the veggies will definitely soften and lose some water after sitting in the fridge for a couple of days.

  2. I love this salad, so light and refreshing…and just took me about 10 minutes to make! I really like a lot of your recipes Holly, keep up the good work. I just got your Weekly Meal Planner and am looking forward to being more organized about planning meals and shopping. Thank you!5 stars

  3. All your food looks delicious and simple enough for me :) Looking forward to trying some recipes! Your cucumber salad brought me to your page.
    Thank you!
    Marie

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  4. Getting ready to make this now with my abundance of tomatoes and cucumbers from the garden. How long will it stay good in the refrigerator?

  5. Love this one! So refreshing during the summer. I’ve made it a few times in the past couple weeks. Feta is a great addition. Another time I added some sundried tomatoes also with some fregola pasta (or you could use pearl couscous). Thanks!5 stars

  6. I made this tonight to go with our porch chops for tomorrow. We went to the farmers market and got quite a haul. I got some nice sweet yellow onions, so I slice half of one. I didn’t ahve any fresh herbs, so I used some Cavender’s Greek seasoning. I’m looking forward to seeing how it looks tomorrow. I didn’t ahve an Englsih cucumber, but we found some medium-sized cucumbers that are really good, so I sliced about 1 1/2 (the baby ate the other half, yes they were that good!)
    Can’t wait to try it tomorrow!

  7. With an abundance of tomatoes and cukes coming in from our garden, this will be a nice salad choice.

  8. I’ve made this and it was yummy. I used grape tomatoes instead of cut up whole tomatoes so the salad wouldn’t get soggy in the fridge.

  9. Ooh this looks like it would be fabulous! I might add some chickpeas as well. A perfect healthy recipe for lunches! Thanks!

  10. I make this ahead of time but don’t add red wind vinegar or olive oil. When I eat it, I add balsamic vinegar. I just now added yellow and orange peppers.

  11. Loved your recipe for cucumber tomato salad. How do you calculate nutrition info? Is there a website that can be used or is it done manually? Thanks for sharing.5 stars

    1. Hi Donna, you could check the nutrition information for the ingredients you are using through MyFitnessPal or a similar app. :)

    1. Hi Laurel, you definitely can but I would peel them first and if the seeds seem tough, scoop them out and then slice.

  12. This was easy, excellent and fitting for One person for Two meals. Added French Bread and a real
    win. Again, Thank you, beautiful lady!

  13. I always look for your goodies, Holly, and you never disappoint. Since I cook for only one (Me), there are lots that I don;t try that look delish. Not only do I love your page, I enjoy just looking at you. You are so down to earth and never question any thing abt your recipes you make it very clear…no guessing Good luck and keep pringing those goodies that can easily be made for ONE, Most of your ingredients are items I normally have, so another plus. Thank you and God Bless

    1. Thank you so much Paula! You have made my day! I am so glad you are enjoying the site and we are happy to have you here!