FRESH CUCUMBER TOMATO SALAD — Crunchy cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, red onions and fresh dill are tossed in a sweet and tangy vinaigrette in this classic summer salad.
As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing better in the summer than a Fresh Cucumber Tomato Salad. It’s light, healthy, delicious, and the perfect way to use up some of those seasonal garden veggies.
Really, you don’t even need a recipe. You could probably look at the picture and figure out what to do. But I’m sharing my favorite version of this salad because, well…..it’s my favorite.
I’ll eat this salad on it’s own for a light lunch, and it’s the perfect summer side dish for almost any occasion, including backyard barbecues and neighborhood potlucks.
This also happens to be one of my husbands favorite salads–possibly his all-time favorite–so I know it’s always going to get rave reviews from him.
I still have some children who won’t touch tomatoes with a ten foot pole. But to be fair, I didn’t like tomatoes as a kid either. Hopefully they’ll grow out of it.
While this recipe calls for some specific ingredients, you can absolutely make changes to use what you have on hand.
I prefer English cucumbers and Roma tomatoes, but you can definitely use other varieties of both. One of my favorite substitutions is halved grape or cherry tomatoes.
Don’t have red onion? Use yellow. Or even a sliced shallot. Or leave the onion out altogether.
And while I love fresh dill, I often toss in whatever fresh herbs I have available. In a real pinch, you can even use bottled Italian dressing instead of making your own.
The point is, this Fresh Cucumber Tomato Salad is easy, adaptable and delicious. It’s a classic summer salad that you can throw together in no time, and it’s sure to make a regular appearance at your dinner table.
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Tips for Choosing and Storing Tomatoes
Appearance: Look for plump, heavy tomatoes with smooth skins. Avoid bruises, blemishes, or deep cracks, although fine cracks at the stem ends of ripe tomatoes shouldn’t affect flavor.
Are they ripe? Ripe tomatoes should be fragrant. If they have no aroma at all, the tomatoes were probably picked too soon and will never ripen.
Storing: Fully ripe tomatoes are soft and yield to the touch–you should plan use them immediately. Cold damages tomatoes and stops ripening, so as a rule, don’t refrigerate them, and don’t buy tomatoes from a refrigerated case.
Here’s what you’ll need to make Fresh Cucumber Tomato Salad
- Produce: cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, fresh dill
- Apple cider vinegar
- Salt and pepper
- 2 English cucumbers, cut into 1/2 inch chunks
- 4-5 Roma tomatoes, cut into 1/2 inch chunks
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2-3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- In a large bowl, toss together cucumbers, tomatoes and red onions.
- In a small bowl, whisk together water, vinegar, and sugar. Pour over cucumbers and tomatoes.
- Add dill and toss to coat well. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. If possible, refrigerate for at least on hour before serving.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 38Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 55mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 1g
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