Cucumber Tomato Salad Recipe – A quick and easy summer staple, this cucumber and tomato salad goes well with fish, chicken, pork, or a plate filled with veggies! Add in onions too if you like!
The smell of the garden is pretty heady and intoxicating. As much as I sometimes dread having to go out and water, weed, and tend to our garden, once I am within a few feet, the smell of the plants draws me in. I didn’t always think so. I used to dig in my heels as firmly as possible about a garden. I felt sure when I grew up I wouldn’t have anything to do with one. No sir. I would steer clear of any gardens.
Flash forward 30 or more years and you’ll find me drawing out garden plans in the dead of winter, studying over seed packets, devouring the Farmer’s Almanac, and calling my great uncle to find out when he’s planting his beans. I’ll dilly and dally until finally getting the garden in and then I’ll stalk it like a criminal until the first blooms appear. Then, I’ll baby them like the most overprotective mother they could possibly be cursed with.
But once my garden starts producing cucumbers and tomatoes, this salad is an immediate must-make in my kitchen.
It goes with everything, from a pinto bean supper, a light topping on a grilled fish, alongside BBQ chicken, or any other summertime menu you can think of. It just works it’s little heart out to satisfy.
My Grandmother would love to just eat it right by itself for lunch many days. Maybe that’s why she was always so thin.
For years, I made this salad with the dressing she always used (I’ve included it in the recipe notes, if you’d like to use it). But, last year as I was making it, I just grabbed the jar of homemade Italian dressing from the refrigerator to give it a try. Talk about delicious and so easy!
So, I’ve updated the recipe to give that option as well! Two ways to enjoy this oh so easy salad. I think you’ll love them both!
Even if you do not have a garden yourself, this salad is definitely begging to be made.
Just support your local farmer’s market, produce stand, or hang out in the produce aisle at your grocery store until you find the freshest tomatoes and cucumbers you can find. Then, make this salad for yourself – and even for those you love.
You’ll be so glad you did.
Here’s my quick and easy cucumber and tomato salad recipe. I hope you love it as much as we do!
- 2 cucumbers, diced
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved or 2 medium tomatoes, diced
- 1 medium onion, diced, optional
- ½ cup Italian dressing, homemade or store-bought
- Combine all ingredients together and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 7 days.
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Originally posted 2012.