Cucumber tomato salad is one of the most popular summer salads and with good reason. It’s light, refreshing, and the perfect side dish for any meal.
Though summer is the time most people make this delicious veggie salad, I am not convinced that it really should be. Since cucumbers are usually available all year, anytime should be a great time for this dish, in my opinion.
My family loves cucumber tomato salad because it’s…
- Great for parties
- Packed with flavor
How to make cucumber tomato salad
This dish is one of the most simple anyone will ever make. It’s really just a matter of peeling and slicing vegetables and adding them to a bowl with spices and seasonings.
The main ingredients in this summer salad are cucumbers (which strangely enough are actually considered a fruit), tomatoes, and onion. Some people also add bell pepper, but I prefer to make mine without those.
Deseeding the cucumbers is optional. For those with diverticulitis that must avoid eating any type of seeds, deseeding is necessary. However, for those without this condition, the seeds actually contain lots of nutrition, so I leave mine in
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Place all ingredients in a large bowl and toss to make sure the seasonings are coating all of the cucumbers and tomatoes. Then it’s ready to serve.
It really is as simple as that, and absolutely no cooking is required.
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Tips for making this healthy summer salad
- Thinly slicing the cucumber makes for a better dish, in my opinion.
- Sometimes I leave strips of the cucumber peel on to make it more colorful.
- If you like your salad sweeter, simply add an extra tablespoon of sweetener.
- Purple onion makes this an even more beautifully colored dish when taking it to a party.
- For even more flavor, make a day ahead of time to allow it to marinate.
Benefits of eating cucumbers
Cucumbers are low in calories and fat, and they contain a good amount of water and fiber which makes them very beneficial for promoting hydration and aiding in weight loss.
They also contain phytonutrients, antioxidants, and fiber that make them a great anti-inflammatory food for those dealing with a myriad of medical conditions.
Other great salad recipes
- 3 cups sliced (or diced) cucumbers
- 1 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
- 1/3 cup diced purple onion
- 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/3 cup water
- 2 Tbsp sweetener (I use sucanat)
- 2 Tbsp fresh dill (dry dill works well too)
- ¼ tsp salt
- Pepper to taste
1. Peel and slice cucumbers, tomatoes, and onion and place in a large bowl.
2. Add vinegar, water, sweetener, dill, salt, and pepper.
3. Stir thoroughly to combine all ingredients well.
4. Serve immediately or allow to marinate for a few hours or overnight.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 20 Total Fat: 0.1g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 100mg Carbohydrates: 4.2g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 2g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 0.7g
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