Tomato and Cucumber Salad

Tomato and Cucumber Salad

A staple salad in my family that was served at every meal from mid summer to early fall. Still, I never tire of it. This salad tastes its absolute best when it is made a couple of hours ahead of time and left and served at room temperature. My mom and grandma would often make it at lunch time to serve at dinner.

Tomato and Cucumber Salad

30 minPrep Time

30 minTotal Time


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All You Need

  • 2-3 Medium Tomatoes, not overly ripe
  • 1 English Cucumber
  • 1/4 Small Red Onion, finely minced (Optional)
  • 1 Small Garlic Clove, finely minced
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Your favorite vinegar, (I prefer balsamic or red wine)
  • Fresh Basil, chiffonade (or you may substitute dried; just use a little less)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly cracked Black Pepper (to taste)

The Fun Parts

  1. Core the tomatoes and cut into wedges (6's or 8's) add them to the bowl.
  2. Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise, then a secondary cut in to half moon shapes and add to the bowl.
  3. Add the garlic, basil (if you are using dried) and the optional red onion.
  4. Season lightly with salt and pepper, mix well to evenly distribute the salad ingredients.
  5. Either in a separate bowl, or the salad bowl, measure out a ratio of Oil to Vinegar. The standard is usually 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar, but I like a little more 'bite' so I use about 2.5 : 1 (experiment and see what you prefer)
  6. You want enough of the 'vinaigrette' to lightly cover the salad. If you prepare too much vinaigrette, it will hold in the fridge, wrapped in plastic wrap and dated for a week. Just bring to room temperature before using it again.
  7. Lightly mix the dressed salad, and if you are using fresh basil, add it now, ensuring that you cover all of the tomatoes and cuc's.
  8. TASTE the salad for seasoning and adjust to your taste.
  9. Serve at room temperature for best results.


Naturally when writing a recipe for other to read we have to have something for the ingredients. Here we used tomatoes in general, when you would naturally use whatever tomatoes happen to be the best quality, or you grew, or what have you.



156 cal


14 g


6 g


3 g
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