Easy Cucumber and Tomato Salad

A fresh and simple cucumber and tomato salad for summer with red onion, red wine vinegar and Italian seasoning. Refreshing, delicious and super easy to toss together.  

This weekend I’m leaving for a wellness vacation at Rancho La Puerta, an all-inclusive resort in Mexico. The Ranch encourages integrative wellness through energetic fitness options, delicious organic cuisine, pure fun and relaxation. Needless to say I’m psyched and can’t wait to take advantage of all that the Ranch has to offer. I’ll be sharing more about my trip soon, but for now I want to share a bright and refreshing summertime salad that’s amazingly simple.

Cucumber tomato and onion salad in a blue and white bowl.

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE easy no-cook recipes. Granted, almost none of the recipes I post here on EBF are difficult as I like to keep things simple in the kitchen. This recipe, however, is easier than most because there’s no cooking involved. Just chop, toss and eat!

The veggies I used were straight from Isaac’s parents’ garden. The tomatoes were plump, sweet and juicy while the cucumber was cool, crisp and refreshing. The two, paired together with a bit of seasoning = perfection.

Overhead shot of cucumber tomato and red onion salad.

The idea for the salad actually came to me after being invited over to a friend’s house for dinner one afternoon. Isaac had requested a blueberry crumble so I was preoccupied making desert so I didn’t have much time to make something savory. I saw the veggies sitting on the counter, quickly chopped the veggies, dressed them up a bit and created this simple salad.

It reminds me of a salad that my mom used to make every summer. Her version had only cucumbers, onions and vinegar. I remember as a kid saying that it tasted like salt and vinegar chips. Anyhow, this salad isn’t nearly as vinegary but it’s still just as fresh and simple. It’s the perfect mid-week side salad to serve next to a protein of your choice. We took it to our friends’  house for dinner and everyone enjoyed it, plain or served over a little spring mix.

Cucumber tomato salad in a bowl with gold spoon on the left and cutting board on the right.

If you love easy, fresh recipes you’ll love this easy breezy summertime salad! If you make this salad be sure to leave a comment (and rating) letting me know how it turned out. This feedback helps me and other EBF readers.

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Easy Cucumber and Tomato Salad


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

A fresh and simple cucumber and tomato salad for summer with red onion, red wine vinegar and Italian seasoning. Refreshing, delicious and super easy to toss together.  


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Ingredients

  • 1 large cucumber, peeled, halved and thinly sliced
  • 4 tomatoes, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 small red onion, peeled and sliced thin
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • pinch of raw sugar

Instructions

  1. Place cucumber, tomatoes, onions and garlic into a bowl. Toss with olive oil, red wine vinegar, Italian seasoning, pepper, salt and sugar.
  2. Let stand for a bit at room temperature or in the fridge, about 15-30 minutes before stirring and serving. As the salad sits, liquid will accumulate. You can serve the salad with a slotted spoon to avoid the extra liquid. Another option is to use the extra liquid as a dressing when serving the salad over greens or to soak up the liquid with slices of crusty bread.

Notes

  • Having fresh veggies really makes a huge difference so if possible grab the ingredients for this salad from your local produce stand, farmers market or garden.
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories: 104
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Fat: 7g
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 2g

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    14 comments
  1. Hi Brittany,so many amazing salads here. I really wish I wasn’t stuck in freezing winter temperatures right now because I want to eat them all.

  2. This was delicious! Cucumber and tomato salad is kind of a staple in my husband’s family but he always makes it with either bottled italian or ranch dressing and I don’t like it at all! I made this version for him the other night and he kept saying how great it was!

  3. This is very similar to the Swahili dish Cachumbari except you have added herbs. Traditionally the onions are to be smooshed in salty water to rid them of the stingy feeling they leave on the tongue and I would recommend that it really helps!

  4. Brittany, I have been following your blog for a few years now and have immensely enjoyed your posts, recipes, and realistic approach and dedication to a healthy lifestyle. I don’t think I have ever commented on a post before, but I just had to pipe in – I visited Rancho la Puerta a few years ago and LOVED it. It was a mother-daughter trip after my mom had spent the past 15+ years going with her own mother. Long story short, my visit there was a springboard to incorporating healthier choices into both my daily diet and exercise routine that have persisted and remained a priority in my life (and that was four years ago). I’m sure you will have an amazing time – it is a magical and serene place. The hiking along Mt. Kuchumaa is unparalleled, and I highly recommend the garden breakfast hike, too!

  5. I love using tomatoes as much as possible during the warm summer months. Cucumbers, too! Looks like something quick and easy, the perfect side for a summer weeknight supper.

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