Cucumber and Tomato Salad Recipe

Cucumber Tomato Salad pairs well with so many dishes! A summer favorite, this cucumber and tomato salad recipe is delicious and great to make ahead too! 

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! // addapinch.com

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. The sight of my ripe, juicy tomatoes and the crisp, green cucumbers growing on the vine makes me a happy girl.  One of the first recipes I make with my bounty is this Cucumber and Tomato Salad. 

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! // addapinch.com

I didn’t always love to garden when I was a little girl. Maybe it was because we had one every year. Georgia summers are hot and I would have rather been playing than picking vegetables. I felt sure when I grew up I wouldn’t have anything to do with one.

Flash forward to when I married up to now 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. After I plant my garden, I stalk it like a criminal until the first blooms appear. Then, I’ll baby them like an overprotective mother.

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! // addapinch.com

Cucumber and Tomato Salad Recipe

Once my garden starts producing cucumbers and tomatoes, this salad is an immediate must-make in my kitchen. Even if you do not have a garden, this salad is definitely begging to be made. Just visit your farmer’s market or grocery store. This is delicious anytime you can get good, fresh veggies to make it.

How to Make Cucumber Tomato Salad

For this salad, you’ll only need a few items.

To make it, begin by washing your tomatoes and cucumbers really well.  Slice the cucumbers into thin slices and cut the cherry tomatoes in half lengthwise. If using another type of tomatoes, dice them. If you wish to add onion to your salad, dice it too.

Add sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, onions (if using) and dressing to a large bowl. Gently toss all of the ingredients together until veggies are well coated with dressing. Then serve or refrigerate until ready to enjoy!

When I first started making this salad, I made it with the dressing my Grandmother always used. (Recipe in the recipe notes). But a few years ago as I was making it, I tried it with my homemade Italian dressing instead.  So delicious and so easy! My recipe includes both dressing options. I think you’ll love them both!

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! // addapinch.com

Make Ahead
It’s a perfect recipe to make ahead too! After you make it, place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. Such a tasty salad for picnics and potlucks too!

How to Serve
This salad goes with everything, from a southern pinto bean supper to a light topping for grilled fish. It’s so good served alongside bbq chicken, pork or any other summertime menu you can think of. It is so crispy and refreshing that it always satisfies. And it’s also great on it’s own too!

Make this salad for yourself soon. You’ll be so glad you did.

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! // addapinch.com

Other Easy Salads

Try some of my other quick and simple side salads too!

Honey Lime Fruit Salad

Easy Tortellini Pasta Salad

Caprese Salad

Grape Salad

Classic Egg Salad

Here’s my quick and easy cucumber and tomato salad recipe. I hope you love it as much as we do!

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! // addapinch.com
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Cucumber and Tomato Salad Recipe

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!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cucumber and tomato salad, cucumber and tomato salad recipe, cucumber tomato onion salad, cucumber tomato salad, cucumber tomato salad recipe, how to make cucumber and tomato salad
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 60kcal
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

Ingredients

  • 2 cucumbers sliced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved or 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1 medium onion diced, optional
  • 1/2 cup Italian dressing homemade or store-bought

Instructions

  • Add the sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, onion (if using), and dressing to a large bowl. Gently toss all of the ingredients together to coat with the dressing. 

Notes

Grandmother added the following apple cider vinegar dressing for her salad rather than using Italian dressing:
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
Make-Ahead:
Store Cucumber Tomato Salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up 7 days. 

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 60kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 154mg | Potassium: 263mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 6.9% | Vitamin C: 20.5% | Calcium: 2.2% | Iron: 3.5%

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

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! // addapinch.com

From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Originally posted 2012.

63 comments on “Cucumber and Tomato Salad Recipe”

  1. Robyn, this is the perfect summer salad. You’re right, this is a great time to use a Farmer’s Market {for those of us who don’t have gardens and wish we did}. I like to eat this for lunch with an egg sandwich… and make it with balsamic vinegar and oil. Can’t wait to try your recipe!

  2. This looks so delicious and refreshing, yum!

  3. One of my most favorite combos!

  4. This speaks summer to me. Refreshing and quick!

  5. So fresh, so simple – – SO perfect for the summer!! That’s pretty great, that you have your own garden 🙂

    • Thanks so much! By the end of the summer, I’m still loving it as much as I do at the beginning. Hope you like it, too!

  6. Your pictures are so good! This is perfect, thanks for sharing!

  7. Wow, the way you talk about your garden, makes me want to come for a visit and offer my hand at some watering and weeding. This salad screams summer and I think every cook should have some variation in their recipe repertoire. Absolutely lovely!

    • If I can keep the deer out of it, I’d be even happier with it! 🙂 I completely agree about having some variation of this. It’s just a classic, delicious, quick-fix sort of dish!

  8. This is just so beautiful!! I want to come visit your garden!!

  9. Looks so good!! Perfect for summer, Robyn!

  10. Oh man this salad makes me wish I had a garden so bad! I will have to try it out!

  11. My favorite summer ingredients. So yummy!

  12. Love this summer salad!! It will be nice and refreshing one hot evening, nothing else needed. xoxo

  13. I’d have it right by itself, what a great fresh salad!

  14. Love how light and refreshing this salad is, perfect for summer!

    • Thanks so much, Abby! It is perfect for summer. I can’t wait for tomatoes and cucumbers just so I can make it!

  15. What a great way to add some veggies to your diet. It will make a tasty, light, refreshing lunch all by itself… Thanks for sharing!

    • I think you’ll love it, Mary. It is one of my favorite things to keep in my refrigerator during the summertime.

  16. My Grandma used to make this salad for me all the time. Love to make a big bowl of it and have for lunch or as an afternoon snack.

  17. One of my favorite fresh, summer salads! So simple and beautiful!

  18. Hey girl, this is the perfect summertime classic. I only wish I was growing cucumbers!

  19. Salad like this just screams summer. I don’t usually think to use apple cider vinegar when I make salad like this but I will be next time! Great photo Robyn.

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  21. can you please tell me what a “spring onion’ is? thanks, i think i’d love this salad!

  22. I made this salad, but made a few changes. I didn’t dice the cucumbers or tomatoes. I cut the cucumbers in half lengthwise and then sliced them. I used grape tomatoes cut in half. I added garlic powder to the dressing. My family had a barbecue on Saturday and we ate this as a salad rather than on meat. It was totally gobbled up! I was told that this salad is a “make again”! Thank you!!

    Denise

  23. We went to our local Farmers Market today and bought Vidalia onions and pickling cucumbers. Then I happened across this recipe. Since we canned some tomatoes today, I made it in an extra jar and it is marinating in the fridge for tomorrow’s lunch. Thanks for sharing!

  24. My grandmother (Meemaw) used to make this dish with tomatoes, onions, and bell peppers (instead of cucumbers) and we love to eat it on top of black eyed peas (the only way I really like black eyed peas!) She used to call it “goulash”.

    • I’m curious about where you and your Meemaw were from. My Mamaw used to make this and also call it goulash. I was so curious as to how she came up with calling it that.

    • Hmmmm. Different! I’ll have to try this. Thanks.

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  27. I make something very similar with honey instead of sugar, with a small amount of Dijon added. My recipe calls for olive oil but after reading yours, I’m going to use water and cut those calories!! This is so yummy and refreshing and is good alongside or on top of almost anything. Plus, it just gets better after a day or two in the fridge!!

  28. I added a half teaspoon of garlic powder. This is an excellent ‘make ahead’ dish. The flavor melds so beautifully! Perfect summer salad!!!

  29. Super easy and tasty summer salad. Can be stored for future use as well. Thanks for sharing!

  30. On your website is there a place where I can save my favorite recipes to my own recipe box . I do not want to print them,just save them

    • Hi Mary Louise,
      I do not have a recipe box at the moment, but would recommend using services like Yummly or even Pinterest as a visual storage box that then allows you to find exactly what you need! Let me know if you have any questions on that. I’m happy to help! xo

  31. Very tasty and just screams SUMMER! An old-fashioned classic that we all should still be making. Had some fresh cilantro so chopped a little up & threw it in. OMG – so refreshing on a hot day in August in Atlanta. Thanks for this recipe!.

  32. Great recipe! I had garbanzo beans in the pantry and added those as well. Thought it was a nice addition.

  33. If you want the healthiest version of this recipe don’t use a commercial dressing; make your own from scratch.

  34. Love this recipe. I always add purple onions to mine. Will have to try your dressing tho. Sounds yummy

  35. This is a world wide light salad dish and my favorite as I ate it as a youngster visiting my grandmother in Alabama, then again as a teenager over in Turkey where they take it up a delicious notch and sprinkle crumbled feta cheese on top before serving and with a side of cool & creamy plain yogurt seasoned with a little dill & garlic. As an adult stationed over in Germany I was thrilled to see it again on menu’s when summer came around. The German spin on this is adding some fresh sweet corn kernels right off the cob and tossing the vegetables with a champagne dressing…I’m drooling thinking about it! Ha! This summer salad is about the only way I get my 8 yr old twins to eat fresh veggies. No complaints here though. Last year they grew their own tomatoes and cukes straight out of a split open bag of soil staked with yard sticks. Yard to table…just don’t get any better then that. I am really enjoying your recipe blog and just so happened upon it by asking Siri how to make homemade Italian dressing…here I am and boy am I’m hooked🙂 

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