May 18, 2024

This refreshing cucumber and tomato salad is a summertime staple. Crisp cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, and tangy red onion are tossed in a simple vinaigrette for a light and flavorful side dish that goes with just about anything.

Why You’ll Love It

  • Easy and Affordable: Made with everyday ingredients, this salad is a breeze to prepare and budget-friendly.
  • Make-Ahead Friendly: With a quick prep time and a marination step that enhances the flavors, this salad is perfect for making in advance.


  • Dressing:
    • 1 cup water
    • ½ cup white vinegar (distilled or white wine)
    • ¼ cup vegetable oil (or olive oil)
    • ¼ cup sugar
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Salad:
    • 3 cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced
    • 3 tomatoes, wedged
    • 1 onion, thinly sliced


  1. Whisk the Dressing: In a large bowl, whisk together water, vinegar, oil, sugar, salt, and pepper until well combined.
  2. Assemble the Salad: Add cucumbers, tomatoes, and onion to the bowl with the dressing. Toss gently to coat.
  3. Marinate: Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to overnight, to allow the flavors to meld.
  4. Serve: Enjoy chilled as a refreshing side dish.


  • Cucumber Selection: Choose firm cucumbers with smooth, unblemished skin for the best texture.
  • Tomatoes: Opt for ripe, flavorful tomatoes. Heirloom varieties offer superior taste, but any type will work. For smaller tomatoes, slice them to ensure even marinating.
  • Onion Variety: Use any onion you prefer! Yellow offers a classic flavor, white is slightly milder, and red adds a touch of spice. Sweet onions bring a naturally sweeter note.
  • Vinegar Options: Substitute white wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, or another type based on your preference.
  • Storage: Properly stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, this salad will last 3-5 days.

What to Serve With It

This versatile salad complements a wide range of dishes! Pair it with grilled or fried foods, BBQ fare, picnic sandwiches, or potluck buffets. It’s a perfect counterpoint to creamy potato, macaroni, or pasta salads.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 78

Fat: 4g


Protein: 1g

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