Cucumber Tomato Salad

by Pamela

Cucumber Tomato Salad

Cucumber tomato salad is the perfect way to celebrate summers best vegetables. Served in a tangy dressing this side dish is perfect.

Summer brings us fresh crisp cucumbers and juicy ripe tomatoes…these are two of my favorite vegetables in the summer. What’s not to love about them? Pop the cucumber in the refrigerator and get it nice and chilled. Slice it up and you’ve got one of Mother Nature’s greatest cool downs. And ripe juicy tomatoes…the best!

Each of these veggies (technically tomatoes are fruit) on their own is delicious, but putting them together in a salad with a tangy vinaigrette makes each one just a little bit tastier. Of course I added a bit of onion for additional flavor. If the onion you use is a bit on the stronger side, it will mellow a bit in the vinaigrette. Plus, it will add even more flavor to the salad. Or you could use a sweet onion, like Vidalia, if you want to avoid using a potentially strong onion.

Cucumber Tomato Salad

This cucumber tomato salad is a breeze to throw together. The thing that takes the longest is cutting up the vegetables. You’ll notice that I peeled the cucumbers in my salad. This is optional, but the cucumbers at my store have that wax on them and I prefer not to eat that, so I peel them. But you could also use English cucumbers for this cucumber tomato salad and it would also taste delicious (no peeling necessary).

I have a Greek cucumber tomato salad that I make in the summer too. I love it, but it’s more of a light meal than a side dish like this one is. This salad is perfect as a salad or side dish for grilled meats and seafood. The tartness from the dressing makes sweet bbq sauces really pop. Plus, you get a good healthy portion of vegetables.

This salad is also perfect to bring to a picnic because you don’t have to worry about the mayo going bad in the heat. This salad can take being just set out and it will be just fine in the sun. Of course it tastes best chilled, but it’s definitely great picnic fare.

Cucumber Tomato Salad

There’s a bit of dill in this cucumber tomato salad to bring out the fresh taste of all of the ingredients. Dill is a great companion to cucumbers. If you’ve got fresh dill, you can use that in this salad instead of the dried. Just use a tablespoon of fresh for every teaspoon of dried. So it would be two tablespoons for this recipe.

I’ve been serving this salad with sandwiches and grilled ribs and it tastes great with either. So start looking for those great cucumbers and summer tomatoes and make up a big bowl of this cucumber tomato salad.

Cucumber Tomato Salad
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Cucumber tomato salad is the perfect way to celebrate summers best vegetables. Served in a tangy dressing this side dish is perfect.
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
  • 3 cucumbers peeled and sliced
  • 1 10 ounce container grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • ½ cup diced red onion (or you could use a sweet onion)
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried dill (or 2 tablespoons fresh chopped dill)
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  1. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix to combine and coat all the vegetables with the vinegar, oil and seasonings.
  2. Place into refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours. (The longer this rests, the more flavor the vegetables pick up.)
  3. Serve.


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John/Kitchen Riffs June 7, 2017 at 8:28 am

Simple and classic, the perfect summer salad. Yours looks terrific! Thanks.

Pamela June 12, 2017 at 5:13 pm

Thanks John. Just trying to keep things simple for summer.

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