Tomato Cucumber Salad is a classic salad, light, cooling, and refreshing. This easy salad is made with sliced cucumbers & juicy tomatoes and enhanced with slivers of red onion and fresh basil. One of the most favorite fresh and healthy side dishes!
Fresh garden tomatoes and cucumbers are complete heaven. 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. You can try 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.
How to Make Tomato Cucumber Salad
Making this recipes is very, very easy. Pretty much just combine all vegetables and toss with the dressing.
Slice vegetables. Cut your cherry tomatoes in half (or large tomatoes into chunks) and cut your cucumbers into 1/4” coins and add them to a bowl. Any type of cucumber will work for this salad, but I think 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.
Toss with dressing. 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. Drizzle olive oil and vinegar on top, toss the salad, and season it will red onion and basil. It’s that easy!
This salad is easy and freshest when made right before serving, but you can prep it ahead of time if necessary. 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. Cut vegetables and store them separately in the refrigerator. Toss with oil and vinegar when ready to serve.
Tomato Cucumber Salad
- 5 mini cucumbers sliced into 1/4'' coins, or 1 1/2 English cucumbers
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
- 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons fresh basil leaves chopped
- 3 teaspoons olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons red onions diced
- salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Add cherry tomatoes and cucumbers to a bowl.
- Drizzle olive oil and vinegar on top. Season with salt and pepper.
- Toss everything to coat. Garnish with diced red onion and fresh basil.