How to Make A Tomato and Cucumber Salad

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Cucumber tomato salad offers a colorful presentation.
Cucumber tomato salad offers a colorful presentation. (Image: Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

It may appear a simple dish -- and rightly so considering the minimal time and ingredients required -- but tomato cucumber salad packs a flavor punch of fresh vegetables, herbs and no-fuss vinaigrette. Cucumber salad provides a refreshing light bite or a side dish for barbecue fare. The crunchy texture, cold temperature and non-cream base of the salad complements outdoor dining on warm days. You can replace heavy potato or pasta salads with cucumber salad to offer a low-calorie picnic option.

Things You'll Need

  • 5 plum tomatoes
  • Serrated knife
  • Mixing bowl
  • Cucumber
  • Peeler
  • 1/4 red onion or 4 scallions
  • 1/4 cup parsley or mint
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice or red wine vinegar
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Spatula

Slice five plum tomatoes in half with a serrated knife and remove the seeds. Chop the plum tomatoes into 1/2-inch pieces and add them to a mixing bowl.

Peel one cucumber with a vegetable peeler. Cut the cucumber into 1/2-inch thick circular slices. Cut each slice into four pieces and add to the mixing bowl.

Chop a quarter of a red onion or four scallions into small pieces and add them to the mixing bowl. Finely chop and add 1/4 cup of parsley or mint for added flavor, if desired.

Pour 1/4 cup of extra-virgin olive oil over the ingredients. Pour 2 tbsp. of lemon juice or red wine vinegar into the mixing bowl, based on your preference. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Toss the ingredients with a spatula and set the cucumber salad aside until serving. This allows the ingredients to absorb the flavors of the olive oil, acidity, herbs and spices.

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