Cucumber Tomato Salad

A simple, refreshing salad that accompanies any type of food.

It’s often said that simple is best, and that adage is never truer than it is in the summer season. Summer is all about simple pleasures… like fresh air and sunshine, good times with family and friends, and delicious food made from fresh, wholesome ingredients. This simple cucumber salad is just the kind of thing we turn to all summer long, whether we want a refreshing lunch or a crowd-pleasing potluck dish. It takes maybe five minutes to put together (but we’ve listed it at ten just in case you’re a slow chopper) and it makes such excellent leftovers that you can pretty much count on finding it in our fridge throughout the season.

This is a delicious salad that tastes great with Indian food. I like to add some chopped fresh cilantro leaves or mint.

Cucumber, tomatoes, and thinly sliced onions are tossed in a quick dressing of oil, vinegar, a little bit of sugar, and some salt and pepper. We like to add parsley for a bit of herbiness, but if you leave it out, the simple balance of remaining flavors is more than enough to carry this dish. Some recipes use quite a bit more sugar but we find that two tablespoons adds plenty of sweetness. But feel free to add or subtract as needed!

Apple cider vinegar works really well here, so use whatever you have on hand. It’s not meant to be fussy. The only trick is to give your salad time to chill in the fridge – two hours should do it. That takes the sharp bite out of the onion and gives the tomatoes and cucumbers time to absorb all of that flavor. That chilling time is really what makes it so great.

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It goes with almost all the food I make and it’s always on my table.

If you have a garden, this cool and crunchy dish is a no-brainer, but even if you don’t grow your own, it’s well worth a stop at the farmers market or grocery store. It’s light, crisp, and refreshing, with the perfect balance of sweet and sour. We look forward to summer for plenty of reasons, but this simple salad is right up there at the top of the list.

I made this similar to VHAFT99 added a small amount of minced garlic in olive oil, a few drops of Italian dressing in extra-virgin olive oil, basil, parsley, and herb seasoning along with a freshly squeezed lemon. I think the lemon gave a real fresh taste and blended well with the seasonings.

INGREDIENTS

3 medium cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced
2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
1 white onion, sliced
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