Cucumber Tomato Salad

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The fresh flavors of your favorite summer veggies shine through in this Cucumber Tomato Salad. It’s a blend of the simplest ingredients with a basic but delicious homemade dressing. We love it served as a side dish or a topping to grilled chicken or fish.

Super easy and super good!

bowl of cucumber tomato salad, featuring sliced cucumbers, halved cherry tomatoes, and thinly sliced red onions, garnished with fresh herbs.

Cucumber Tomato Salad

A refreshing and vibrant side dish perfect for any occasion.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Serving Size 4 servings

Equipment

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Small whisk or fork
  • Cutting board and knife

Ingredients 

Salad

  • 2 large cucumbers peeled and sliced, about 10-12 ounces each
  • 4 medium tomatoes or 1 pound cherry tomatoes diced or halved
  • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey or sugar optional
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • Prepare Vegetables: In a large bowl, combine sliced cucumbers, diced tomatoes, and sliced red onion. I like the cucumbers and tomatoes to be roughly the same size, and the onion to be sliced very thin. But you might prefer something different!
    A large bowl with diced cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and sliced red onions before being mixed, with fresh parsley on the side.
  • Make Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey (if using), chopped herbs, salt, and pepper until well blended. This will take a minute or two to blend the oil and vinegar well.
    A glass measuring cup containing salad dressing made with olive oil, red wine vinegar, and fresh chopped herbs, with a whisk inside the cup for mixing.
  • Combine: Pour the dressing over the vegetables. Toss gently to coat everything evenly.
    A close-up of cucumber tomato salad in a ceramic bowl, showcasing the fresh vegetables coated in a light dressing with visible specks of fresh herbs.
  • Chill (Optional): For best flavor, refrigerate the salad for 30 minutes to allow flavors to meld. Adjust seasoning if necessary and serve chilled or at room temperature.
    Cucumber tomato salad served in a bowl, featuring ripe tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, and red onions in a light vinaigrette, ready to be enjoyed.

Notes

Freshness is Key: The fresher the vegetables, the better the salad.
Variations: Feel free to add feta cheese, olives, or avocado.
Pairing: Goes well with grilled dishes, sandwiches, and as a light meal on its own.

Dive into the refreshing simplicity of this Cucumber Tomato Salad. Each bite is crisp and juicy. It is the perfect, effortless addition to your summer table.

A close-up of cucumber tomato salad in a ceramic bowl, showcasing the fresh vegetables coated in a light dressing with visible specks of fresh herbs.

🥣 important tools and ingredients

Everything you need is pretty basic. And if you have a kitchen garden, you might have it all right outside your door.

  • Red Wine Vinegar. Red wine vinegar, located in the condiment aisle, adds a tangy depth to the dressing. Apple cider vinegar can be a suitable substitute.
  • Fresh Basil. Found in the produce section, fresh basil infuses the salad with a unique, aromatic flavor. In a pinch, you can use dried basil, but fresh basil is preferable for its vibrant taste.
  • Olive Oil. Olive oil is a staple in the oils aisle. It is crucial for a smooth, rich dressing. For a different nuance, avocado oil can be an alternative.
  • Honey. Honey is available in the sweeteners aisle. It imparts a subtle sweetness to balance the acidity. Agave syrup is a great vegan option.

With these key ingredients, your Cucumber Tomato Salad will be a feast for the eyes and a delight for the palate.

Ingredients for cucumber tomato salad arranged on a wooden board, including whole cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, red onion, olive oil, red wine vinegar, and fresh herbs.
  • Large Mixing Bowl. Must for combining the salad ingredients. Make sure there’s enough space for tossing without spilling.
  • Small Whisk or Fork. Needed for emulsifying the dressing ingredients, creating a uniform and well-blended dressing.
  • Cutting Board and Knife. It is crucial for and slicing the cucumbers. It is also crucial for dicing the tomatoes and chopping the herbs.

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Now, let’s move on to some helpful tips.

✨ Tips for the best summer salads

This is a very easy recipe, but doing some things the right way does make a difference!

  • Choosing the Right Vegetables. For the best texture and flavor, select firm, seedless cucumbers. Also, choose ripe, juicy tomatoes. This ensures your salad has the perfect balance of crunch and juiciness.
  • Uniform Cutting: Aim to cut the cucumbers and tomatoes into uniform sizes. This not only enhances the presentation but also ensures each bite has an even mix of flavors.
  • Draining Excess Liquid. After cutting, salt the tomatoes and let them sit for a few minutes. This helps draw out excess moisture, preventing your salad from becoming watery.
  • Balancing the Dressing. If you’re using honey in the dressing, adjust the amount based on the sweetness of your tomatoes. The goal is to achieve a harmonious balance of sweet and tangy flavors.
  • Letting the Salad Rest. Allow the salad to sit for at least 30 minutes before serving. This helps the flavors meld together . You can either let it sit at room temperature or chill it.
  • Serving Suggestions. Consider serving the salad on a bed of greens like arugula or spinach for an added layer of flavor and texture.

Easy, right?!

🥫 Storage and make ahead instructions

If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge. But, remember that the salad is best enjoyed fresh. The vegetables will continue to release moisture over time.

This recipe does not freeze well.

❤️ More fresh veggie sides you’ll love

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By the way, you can make this with grocery store veggies if you want to make it out of season. It’s still delicious. I hope you enjoy it!

A close-up of cucumber tomato salad in a ceramic bowl, showcasing the fresh vegetables coated in a light dressing with visible specks of fresh herbs.
Cucumber Tomato Salad
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