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Easy Cucumber Tomato Salad

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.

cucumber tomato salad with dill in a bright yellow bowl

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. If you’re looking for more cucumber recipes, try these Cucumber Sandwiches!

My family loves cucumber tomato salad because it’s…

  • Fresh
  • Tangy
  • Great for parties
  • Veggie-loaded
  • Rainbow-colored
  • Crunchy
  • Packed with flavor
  • Delicious

How to make cucumber tomato salad

The recipe card at the bottom of the page has the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions.

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.

I am often asked which knives I use personally, and I have to say that it is Victorinox. They are the same company that makes Swiss Army Knives and the quality is excellent.

four cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and red onion on wood cutting board

The main ingredient in this summer salad is cucumbers which strangely enough are actually considered a fruit. The other veggies used are tomatoes and red 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

Once the veggies are peeled and sliced, simply add the seasonings which consist of apple cider vinegar, water, sweetener, dill, salt, and pepper.

dry dill, sugar, vinegar, and water on cutting board

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.

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.
cucumber salad ingredients in large blue bowl

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.

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cucumber tomato salad with dill in a bright yellow bowl

Cucumber Tomato Salad

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

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.


  • 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 tablespoons sweetener (I use sucanat)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill (dry dill works well too)
  • ¼ teaspoon 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.


Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 20Total Fat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 100mgCarbohydrates: 4.2gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 0.7g

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[…] Easy Cucumber Tomato Salad […]

Susan Gail Wright

Wednesday 28th of August 2019

we never peel them, but you can peel them but we like the peel on the cucumbers

Terri Edwards

Wednesday 28th of August 2019

I do like to leave the peel on as well when the cucumbers are organic. Otherwise, I usually peel them. Leaving them on adds more fiber and beautiful color for the dish.

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