Featuring a sweet and tangy balsamic vinaigrette with creamy, salty mozzarella bits, this easy Cucumber Tomato Salad knows how to steal the show!
Welcome the warmth of summer with my cool, fresh, and scrumptious Cucumber Tomato Salad! It’s beautifully bright, simple to make, and it never disappoints. This cucumber tomato salad balsamic fits in anywhere. Use it as a side for grilled fish, or a colorful addition to a summer barbecue. The possibilities are endless!
This Cucumber Tomato Salad is truly versatile. You can get really creative with this healthy cucumber tomato salad to conjure all kinds of yumminess! You could add avocado for natural creaminess, olives for an extra zing, or switch out the mozzarella to make cucumber tomato salad feta.
If balsamic isn’t the flavor you’re going for, you can also improvise by making cucumber tomato salad with italian dressing or cucumber tomato salad apple cider vinegar.
Creamy cucumber tomato salad is another delicious option which can be achieved by adding sour cream, Greek yogurt, ranch dressing, or you can really amp up the creaminess with cucumber tomato salad with mayo.
While we’re on the subject of cool, refreshing salads, let me tell you about some other GWS flavor delights!
Now that tomato season is year round (insert applause), we can always have authentic \garden-fresh tomatoes. My Tomato Salad showcases these gems perfectly using balsamic vinegar and basil. Truly to die for!
Imagine it…cranberries, grapes, bacon, and cheddar tossed with broccoli and sweet orange dressing. Mmm…that dream state you’re in features my Broccoli Salad ingredients. You’ve gotta try this heavenly smorgasbord of complementary ingredients!
One of my absolute favorite Southern classic cold salads is my 7 Layer Salad. The hand mixed dressing for this beautiful salad makes all the difference…and, it has bacon!! You’ll always live beneath this gorgeous salad’s shadow at any gathering. No one can keep their eyes off of it.
How to Make Cucumber Tomato Salad
To make Cucumber Tomato Salad, first whisk together all dressing ingredients and set aside. Then, toss the cucumbers and salt, let them marinate for an hour and drain the liquid. Finally, toss all ingredients in the balsamic dressing and refrigerate for an hour before serving.
Favorite Things to Serve With:
Can You Make Cucumber Salad Ahead Of Time?
Yes, you can! Cucumber Salad is a great recipe to make beforehand. It will keep well in the fridge for up to 48 hours. However, freezing this salad compromises all its wonderful textures, so don’t.
More Cucumber Salad Recipes to Choose From:
I’m gonna give you fair warning. You’re not gonna know which one of these delicious cucumber salad recipes to choose. Why not give them all a try?
Creamy Cucumber Salad
My Creamy Cucumber Salad is super quick and easy to make and a beautiful cool salad for the upcoming warm season (any season for that matter). Creamy but light, just tangy enough, and loaded with dill flavor..you just can’t get a more well-rounded salad.
Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad
Super crisp and delightfully refreshing, Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad is a beautiful addition to a any potluck. And, making it is a breeze!
Cucumber Tomato Feta Salad
All I have to say about Cucumber Tomato Feta Salad is there is no other trio of ingredients that goes better together than these fellas. This cucumber tomato salad mediterranean has crispy cukes, tart feta, and garden fresh tomatoes. Mmm! Mmm!
Cucumber Dill Salad
It just doesn’t get any more beautifully simple than Cucumber Dill Salad. It takes the less-is-more concept to a whole new level.
Cucumber Onion Salad
Another understated salad, both in flavor and visually, but nothing needs to change about Cucumber Onion Salad. This subtle beauty is still loaded with wonderful flavors.
Cucumber Avocado Salad
Avocado provides the creamy factor in Cucumber Avocado Salad, making it both lovely to look at and super healthy.
German Cucumber Salad
Also known as Gurkensalat, German Cucumber Salad is a perfect combination of creamy, tangy, and sweet. And, a secret ingredient gives this salad its signature flavor.
Asian Cucumber Salad
Although refreshing and simple, Asian Cucumber Salad is packed with Asian-style ingredients that combine perfectly in every bite.
Thai Cucumber Salad
Thai Cucumber Salad is nutty, spicy, tangy, and sweet. You’ll be the only one at any potluck with this delightful salad. You bet your boots!
Japanese Cucumber Salad
There’s a signature process for the cucumbers in Japanese Cucumber Salad, aka Sunomono. The classic rendition features seaweed, but you can also make Sunomono with octopus. (if you’re into that kinda thing…)
Watermelon Cucumber Salad
Reminiscent of summer gardens from my youth, Watermelon Cucumber Salad also features mint and feta for a truly original potluck addition. Guests will be wowed!
Recipe Notes for Easy Cucumber Tomato Salad:
Here are some tips to help make this Easy Cucumber Tomato Salad even more straightforward. Hint: It’s all in how you slice it!
Tomatoes – When choosing tomatoes, I prefer grape to their larger cousins because they’re predictably sweet and lower on the acid scale, plus they hold their shape better, especially since the skins are intact.
Quick dressing – To save a little time, you can make this Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Italian dressing or another store-bought vinaigrette. The dressing itself is really simple, with just a few ingredients, but they all bring tons of flavor to the party. In my version of Cucumber Tomato Salad balsamic vinegar works absolute magic with the tomatoes.
I obviously suggest using a balsamic version to most closely resemble my recipe, and you’ll need about ¾ cup. Just be sure to taste the salad before serving and adjust the seasonings, adding more salt and pepper or even an extra sprinkling of Italian herbs, if necessary.
Balsamic vinegar- Balsamic vinegar is made from grapes, just like wine vinegar, but uses grapes fermented before they’re turned into wine.
The result is a rich, syrupy, slightly sweeter product that really makes it stand out from other kinds of vinegar as an entity all on its own.
One of the other benefits of using balsamic vinegar is that it reduces the amount of oil needed for a balanced dressing. Most vinaigrettes are built on one part vinegar to three or four parts oil, but the mild qualities of balsamic mean less diluting is required.
Vinegar – If you’re looking for a Cucumber Tomato Salad vinegar substitute because you’re not a fan of balsamic, you can definitely stick with my grandmother’s choice of apple cider vinegar.
Feel free to experiment with white or red wine vinegar too. You just may find you need an extra pinch or two of sugar if you use something other than the balsamic.
Cucumbers –I like to use English cucumbers in my tomato cucumber salad rather than the shorter, slicing variety mainly because they have smaller seeds.
Seeds are where the bitter lives, after all, and if you’ve ever taken a bite of one of those inedible cucumbers, you know exactly why I don’t like to gamble with something else. The skins are usually nice and tender, too, so I can leave them on for a nice pop of rich, green color.
If you can’t find English cucumbers or those kitchen countertops are full of the slicing of Kirby varieties, you can definitely substitute five or six in this recipe.
If you’re concerned at all about the bitterness, cut the cucumbers in half lengthwise, then scoop out the seeds with a spoon and discard them before slicing the cucumbers.
Raw Onions- I know some people shy away from raw onion in salads, but they’re a wonderful contrast to the cucumbers in my cucumber tomato mozzarella salad. The subtle heat gets toned down by the cooling quality of the cucumbers, plus they add extra crunch and color. The balsamic vinegar helps to smooth out the flavors a bit too, so trust me on this one.
To Marinate Or Not-Grandma liked to let her cucumber tomato onion salad sit in the fridge overnight, but my family prefers it as soon as it’s made. It’ll definitely keep in the fridge for a couple of days; the cucumbers just start to lose a bit of their crispness, which is wonderful in its own way
Cucumber Tomato Salad Recipe:
My cucumber tomato salad takes me right back to my Grandma’s little pink kitchen. She had a table for four at one end with a beautiful corner window where she and I would sit, eating this old-fashioned salad and watching the squirrels and birds play in her garden.
Every time I make this salad, I’m immediately transported back to that table and the special lunches we shared.
This salad is full of crisp cucumbers, perky tomatoes, and peppery red onion. It’s a perfect medley of colors with a tangy dressing that marries well with all those garden veggies. It also makes for perfect potlucks and afternoon picnics since you have to keep it nice and cold. Rather than make her cucumber and tomato salad with mayo (which can be a food safety issue for potlucks and picnics), Grandma used a flavorful vinaigrette and added a touch of “creamy” with little bite-sized pieces of mozzarella.
Just like I’ve done with many of the recipes I enjoyed in my childhood, I’ve played with this one a bit to suit my own tastes. In Grandma’s tomato cucumber onion salad apple cider vinegar flavored the dressing, along with a homemade mixture of herbs she always had on hand. Over the years, I’ve fallen in love with balsamic vinegar and prefer Italian herbs to her blend (or really just about ANY blend), so those are the only changes in my version.
I like to serve this as a side-dish for one of our backyard grill fests and ladies lunch, but you can also serve it like my Grandma did, as a great, light lunch with some crusty French bread.
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Cucumber Tomato Salad
- 1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/4 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
- 2 Cloves Garlic Minced
- 2 Teaspoons Dried Italian Seasoning
- 1 Teaspoon Sugar
- 1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper
- 3 English Cucumbers Thinly Sliced
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 2 Cups Grape Tomatoes Cut in Half
- 2 Cups Mozzarella Cut Into Small Cubes
- 1 Cup Red Onions Thinly Sliced
- In a small bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, toss the sliced cucumbers with 1 teaspoon salt, then allow to sit 1 hour at room temperature to "sweat". Drain off liquid.
- Add tomatoes, mozzarella, onions and dressing to drained cucumbers and toss until ingredients are evenly coated. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour before serving. Adjust seasoning and serve. Store leftovers in the fridge.
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