Cucumber Tomato Salad

This is a quick, easy and fresh summer salad.  It’s perfect to throw together for your family or to take to a party.  There are so many different variations to try, so just use whatever you have on hand.  

Cucumber Tomato Salad
-2 large tomatoes
-1 seedless cucumber
-1/2 red onion
-2 T. balsamic vinegar
-2 T. olive oil
-salt & pepper to taste

1. Chop up tomatoes, cut cucumber in half and slice, slice your 1/2 red onion very thin, throw everything into a large bowl.
2. Add the vinegar and olive oil.  Sprinkle on salt & pepper.
3. Toss everything together and let the salad marinate for about 20 minutes or until you are ready to serve.

-use red wine vinegar or even lemon juice in place of balsamic vinegar
-add feta cheese crumbles
-use cherry, grape, plum or heirloom tomatoes
-add olives
-omit red onion
-add fresh basil

Do you have any variations on this recipe that you enjoy?  If so, please share in the comment section.

  • Megtff July 27, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    The way you made the salad is almost EXACTLY the way my brother-in-law who is from Iraq makes it. He says they would have it pretty much every day.
    The other cooking tip I have taken from him….when he grills meat on the grill (almost every night)…he puts 1 onion (cut in half) and 3-4 HUGE whole tomatoes on the edges of the grill with the meat. When done, it all gets served on the platter together. Veggies get a little char, are warm and soft and go great with the meat and cucumber salad!

  • Kelly's Avenue July 27, 2010 at 5:47 pm


    My mom makes somewhat like this and ITS GOOD!!!

  • Stephanie July 27, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    I bet it would be great with some noodles added in as a pasta salad too! 🙂

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  • Tracie and Jessica July 27, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    I always add kalamata olives and feta cheese! Sometimes I dont have red onion so I use scallions or whatever onion relative I have on hand! Otherwise that is exactly how I make it too! Yummy! I may have to make this for lunch…

    Oh, another good one is cucumber, red onion (or onion relative), white vinegar, a pinch of sugar and salt and pepper! SOOO good!

  • kelly July 27, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    I'm going to make this tonight substituting plum tomatoes and adding basil, Parmesan, and a clove of pressed garlic. I can't wait!

  • Alysa July 28, 2010 at 3:50 am

    Thanks for the comments everyone! I love all of your ideas!

  • Jess July 28, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    So simple and yet so delicious!

  • nutritioulicious August 2, 2010 at 12:11 am

    This salad looks great! So refreshing and light for a summer day!

  • Morgan-- August 2, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    I love a simple healthy salad like this one!

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