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Classic Summer Tomato Cucumber Salad

Tomato Cucumber Salad is an extremely simple Greek salad but it’s so tasty, it’s very easy to prepare, very refreshing, and very addicting! You’ll love this salad, and so will everyone who takes just one bite! 

Tomato cucumber salad in a bowl

Tomato Cucumber Salad

If you are looking for a simple and delicious salad to make for yourself or your family, this is it! With a few ingredients that most of you have in the pantry and kitchen such as tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, olive oil, and red wine vinegar, you’ll have a simple salad ready to serve as a side dish or quick lunch in no time.

This salad is pretty popular during the grilling season of summer, but I find myself eating it every season of the year. It’s a simple salad recipe and I always use this salad to sneak in my vegetable needs during a busy workday.  It pairs so well with any food!

Ingredients for making cucumber Tomato Salad - tomatoes, cucumber, onions, olive oil, parsley, olive oil, salt and black pepper

This simple salad recipe is light enough for anyone who’s on a diet but wants to enjoy a special treat while being tasty enough to satisfy those who aren’t counting calories or looking to eat based on a specific diet plan.

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What goes with tomato salad?

If you plan on serving this salad as a side dish with the main course meal, then you’ll probably want to serve your tomato salad with grilled meat, or serve this simple salad as a standalone dish with a side of your favorite bread.

Are tomatoes and cucumbers good for you?

Both tomatoes and cucumbers are good vegetables to eat. This tomato cucumber salad provides you with a lot of nutrients to include vitamin C, folate, carotenes, as well as antioxidants. 

Is balsamic vinegar and red wine vinegar the same?

Since many salads call for balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar, I know some may wonder if these two are the same. 

The fact remains simple, balsamic vinegar and red wine vinegar are not the same. Each provides you a different flavor based on having been fermented somewhat differently.

Red wine vinegar has a shorter fermentation time than balsamic vinegar. You’ll find that the flavor for your balsamic vinegar tastes sweeter and fruitier than red wine vinegar. 

I use red wine vinegar for my tomato-cucumber salad because it provides that mellow flavor I enjoy when mixing tomatoes and cucumbers together for a salad.

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Note:

  • If you have the time to make this cucumber salad the day before, leave it in the refrigerator to marinate overnight. The flavors will have time to meld, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the extra flavor burst you get.
  • I use red wine vinegar for my tomato-cucumber salad because it provides that mellow flavor I enjoy when mixing tomatoes and cucumbers together for a salad. If you want a fruitier taste, you can use balsamic vinegar in place of red wine vinegar.
  • I like my salad this way but for those with a bit of sweet tooth, feel free to add about a half teaspoon of sugar for that hint of sweetness.
  • Try not to cut the cucumber paper-thin otherwise, they will become soggy.
  • Please note that a little onion goes a long way. Too much will overwhelm the salad and if you don’t like the pungency of the onions feel free to soak the onions in cold water for 10 minutes before adding it to the salad.
  • Lettuce can also be added to the salad it will add more texture to the salad. However, you will need to finish it up the same day because the lettuce will wilt and get soggy the next day.
  • The cucumber, onion, and tomato will be fine in the fridge for a day or two. It makes a great side to any grilled meat or fish. The lemon juice is so bright, fresh and makes this salad addictive. It’s extremely healthy, so you can eat as much as you want. Try this simple salad and let me know how you like it.

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The cucumber, onion, and tomato will be fine in the fridge for a day or two. It makes a great side to any grilled meat or fish. The salad extremely healthy, so you can eat as much as you want. Try this simple salad and let me know how you like it.

Tomato cucumber salad in a bowl

Tomato Cucumber Salad

Tomato Cucumber Salad is an extremely simple Greek salad but it’s so tasty, it’s very easy to prepare, very refreshing, and very addicting! You’ll love this salad, and so will everyone who takes just one bite!
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Cuisine: American
Keyword: salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 99kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb cherry tomatoes sliced in halves (optional – red and yellow)
  • 1/2 medium red onion thinly sliced into half-moon
  • 1 English cucumber medium - cubed
  • 4 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Combine the tomatoes, onions, and cucumber with olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper.
  • Toss lightly when ready to serve.

Notes

  • If you have the time to make this cucumber salad the day before, leave it in the refrigerator to marinate overnight. The flavors will have time to meld, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the extra flavor burst you get.
  • I use red wine vinegar for my tomato-cucumber salad because it provides that mellow flavor I enjoy when mixing tomatoes and cucumbers together for a salad.
  • I like my salad this way but for those with a bit of sweet tooth, feel free to add about a half teaspoon of sugar for that hint of sweetness.
  • Try not to cut the cucumber paper-thin otherwise, they will become soggy.
  • Please note that a little onion goes a long way. Too much will overwhelm the salad and if you don’t like the pungency of the onions feel free to soak the onions in cold water for 10 minutes before adding it to the salad.
  • Lettuce can also be added to the salad it will add more texture to the salad. However, you will need to finish it up the same day because the lettuce will wilt and get soggy the next day.

Nutrition

Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 599mg | Potassium: 390mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 970IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

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