Cucumber tomato salad is so refreshing! Enjoy this crunchy and easy recipe as a summer side dish or add some protein to it and upgrade it to a quick and healthy main.It's a simple recipe with eight fresh ingredients, and it'll be your best ally during these scorching hot summer days.
Course: Side dish, Starter
Cuisine: International, Mediterranean
Keyword: crunchy, quick, summer
1poundtomatoesripe but firm to the touch
3tablespoonolive oilextra virgin
2tablespoonvinegarwhite wine, red wine, balsamico or apple cider
Cut the onion in half, peel it, then cut it into thin slices. Separate the onion layers by pinching them with your fingers.
Optional: if you like a milder onion flavor, soak the onion in a bowl with cold water for 10 minutes.
Wash, dry, and chop the tomatoes into bite-size chunks.If you use small round tomatoes, cut them in half. If you use larger round tomatoes, cut them in half, then in wedges. If the wedges are too big, cut each wedge in half. If you use long and narrow tomatoes, cut them in discs or wedges.
Wash, dry, cut the cucumber in half lengthwise, then in half again, and dice it.You don't have to peel the cucumber, but if you want, you can do so.
To a bowl, add chopped tomatoes and cucumber,thinlyslicedonion, and finely chopped parsley (or basil).
STEP 2: ADD THE DRESSING
Add extra virgin olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Mix well, taste, adjust for salt, and serve.If you'd like a tomato cucumber salad with a bolder flavor, or if your tomatoes aren't the tastiest, make a quick mustard vinaigrette or Italian dressing.
For the mustard vinaigrette: to a small bowl (or in a mason jar), add extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, maple syrup, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, or grated garlic.Whisk (or shake) well the dressing ingredients and pour over the cucumber tomato salad. Mix well before serving.
For the Italian dressing: to a small bowl (or in a mason jar), add extra virgin olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, maple syrup, dried oregano, dried basil, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper.Whisk (or shake) well the dressing ingredients and pour over the cucumber tomato salad. Mix well before serving.
Check out the "variations" chapter above for more cucumber tomato salad ideas.OPTIONAL ADD-INS