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! 

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. 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.

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

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.

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

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!

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

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.

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

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

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Cucumber and Tomato Salad Recipe
 
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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!
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Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients together and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 7 days.
Notes
Grandmother used the following apple cider vinegar dressing to 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

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.

59 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. I love salads with bold colors!

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

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

  12. My favorite summer ingredients. So yummy!

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

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

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

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

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

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

  23. 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

  24. 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!

  25. 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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  28. 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!!

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

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

  31. 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

  32. 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!.

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

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

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