Tomato and cucumber salad

Tomato and cucumber salad

I can’t think of any salad vegetables more popular than cucumbers and tomatoes. Even people that usually don’t particularly like salads accept these guys. This tomato and cucumber salad is such a simple recipe, but it’s honestly a perfect side dish that will go with so many mains, and people will actually eat it. I’ve jazzed it up by using multicolored tomatoes and cucumber ribbons, but you can just dice cucumber and tomatoes and call it a day.

What you need to make a tomato and cucumber salad

  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Basil, fresh or dried (italian seasoning or thyme can also be used)
  • Optionally, olive oil or balsamic vinegar

Cucucmber and tomato salad

How to make tomato and cucumber salad

Dice, cut or chop your tomatoes and cucumber. I used small plum tomatoes that I simply cut in half, but if you use large salad tomatoes, you can either slice them into circles, or cut them into small chunks or wedges. The cucumbers can be diced, cut into half moons or discs, or you can use a vegetable peeler to create ribbons like I have done. As this salad is very simple and plain, I like to style it with some ribbons when I want to be fancy, but for a regular weeknight dinner I’d just dice them and be done with it.

I add some fresh basil leaves to my dish. This makes it look a bit more interesting, but also adds a bit of flavor. Herbs are great in a salad. If you don’t have fresh basil, you can add a little bit of dried basil or thyme. Optionally, you can also add a drizzle of balsamic vinegar or extra virgin olive oil for a bit of a dressing. Since tomatoes are so juicy by themselves, I chose not to use a dressing this time.

If using dressing, add the vegetables to a salad bowl, add the herbs and the oil or vinegar, then stir to combine.

How to make vegetable ribbons

Vegetable ribbons look super cute in a salad, and adds a different texture than simply dicing them would. All you need is a regular vegetable peeler. Hold the cucumber still, and peel on the same spot. The first peel will mainly be the green cucumber skin, but the second and third peel will be thicker, like these ribbons. You can use this method with a variety of vegetables. I have done it with carrots, courgette, butternut squash, sweet potatoes and peppers to just make them slightly more interesting in a dish.

Tomato and cucumber salad

Which main dishes go with a tomato and cucumber salad?

This dish is so versatile, it can compliment many main dishes. It would be great with a plain chicken dish, like this Easy slow cooker apricot chicken with thyme, or with a creamy pasta dish likeย Chicken and chorizo pasta orย Salmon and creme fraiche pasta. If you’re really into tomatoes, or you have an abundance of tomatoes from your garden, you can combine this salad withย Pasta with roasted tomatoes, feta and basil for the ultimate vegetarian late summer meal.

What is the difference between yellow and red tomatoes?

Yellow and red tomatoes are similar in flavor, nutrients and texture, and can be substitutes for each other. Adding both versions to a dish adds more color. Yellow tomatoes are less acidic and way juicier, which makes them less ideal for cooking compared to red tomatoes. Their skin is also softer which makes them bruise easier, which is why it’s harder to farm them with machines, and the reason why they aren’t as commonly found in grocery stores.

Yellow tomatoes are a lot sweeter than red tomatoes, and they are perfect for snacking or eaten raw like in this salad. Yellow tomatoes are also higher in zinc, niacin, potassium and folate, all of which are amazing nutrients, with folate being particularly important for pregnant women.

Tomato and cucumber salad

This delicious, healthy and easy to make tomato and cucumber salad is a perfect side dish that will compliment a wide variety of mains. Using the most popular salad ingredients, this is the salad your family and guests will actually eat!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time0 mins
5 from 5 votes
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: New Norwegian
Keyword: cucumber, tomato
Servings: 4
Calories: 50kcal
Cost: Cheap

Ingredients

  • 1 cucumber
  • fresh basil leaves
  • handful tomatoes I used plum tomatoes

Instructions

  • Chop, slice, dice, cut or peel the tomatoes and cucumbers to your preference
  • Add to a salad bowl or serving dish
  • Add a little bit of fresh or dried basil
  • Optionally, add a splash of extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar or other dressing of your choice

Notes

The salad can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days. It is best when served the same day.

About the herbs

I love using fresh basil with this salad, as it looks appealing and brings a great flavor. If using dried herbs, you only need a little, about 1/4 tsp. You can also omit the herbs, or substitute for thyme or italian seasoning.ย 

About the dressing

These tomatoes are so juice, I usually don't use a dressing with this salad. However, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, or a vinaigrette will taste great with these flavors. The calorie estimate does not count any dressings.
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12 Comments
  • Charla
    Posted at 08:52h, 07 September Reply

    I love how light and healthy this salad is and I love that you incorporated heritage tomatoes. They are a favourite of mine!!

    • Tonje
      Posted at 08:55h, 07 September Reply

      Sometimes all you need is a light side salad ๐Ÿ™‚ I love heritage tomatoes too!

  • Jeannette (Jay Joy)
    Posted at 10:00h, 07 September Reply

    5 stars
    I have never seen vegetable ribbons on salads before. They look awesome. I am totally going to try this next week with my salad and Italian dinner for friends.

    • Tonje
      Posted at 10:07h, 07 September Reply

      They are so cute aren’t they? Easy way to make cucumber look slightly more impressive ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
    Posted at 10:29h, 07 September Reply

    5 stars
    I love how colourful this is! Salads such as this are absolutely perfect for summer.

    • Tonje
      Posted at 10:34h, 07 September Reply

      I’m glad you like it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Danielle
    Posted at 13:12h, 07 September Reply

    5 stars
    When it comes to making a salad, tomatoes and cucumbers are the best combo ever. Add some greens to it and a bit of salt, and you are good to go – one of the great things about summer ๐Ÿ™‚ Delicious!

    • Tonje
      Posted at 15:46h, 07 September Reply

      Glad you like it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • David
    Posted at 13:42h, 07 September Reply

    5 stars
    a great summer salad! I make a version of tomato cucumber salad — this reminds me to do so again while everything is still fresh locally!

    • Tonje
      Posted at 15:46h, 07 September Reply

      I love using seasonal produce! You definitely should ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Emese
    Posted at 18:04h, 07 September Reply

    5 stars
    I love the cucumber ribbons. My daughter might even try cucumbers this way. Thanks for sharing.

    • Tonje
      Posted at 18:57h, 07 September Reply

      Yes, that’s a great idea! Trying fun new shapes might be the way to go ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck!

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