This Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad features classic flavors for a delicious summer salad that’s not only refreshing and tasty, but also quick and easy to make!
It’s a simple recipe, but packs in a ton of flavor. Even though you have to chop a few veggies, it hardly takes any time at all and is a nutritious side dish for your family to have with just about any meal!
This is a vegan, gluten-free recipe from Ukraine that’s going to win your heart over. Try it once and I know you’re going to fall in love with it!
Want to learn how to make this delicious Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad? Then keep on reading!
Table of Contents
- What is a Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad?
- What Makes This Salad Recipe Special?
- What are the Best Vegetables for Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad?
- Is This Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad Healthy?
- Should I Peel the Cucumbers to Make This Salad?
- What You Need to Make Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad at Home
- How to Make Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad (Step-by-Step)
- Recipe Variation Ideas for Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad
- How to Store Leftovers of Your Salad
- More Salad Recipes
- Recipe Card
- Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad (Quick, Easy, and Tasty!)
What is a Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad?
Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad is a delicious mix of juicy tomatoes, fresh cucumbers, and slivers of onions for a sharp flavor and delicious touch.
It’s an incredibly delicious combination that countries and cultures around the world love and adore. It’s similar to the Israeli salad, and Persian Shirazi salad as well as other ones from the Middle East.
These rich, fresh flavors are absolutely perfect together making for a classic combination. But this recipe isn’t like any other, it’s a special one and let me share with you why that’s the case.
What Makes This Salad Recipe Special?
This Cucumber Tomato salad is not like the best of them! Most other salads feature a vinaigrette that is made using tablespoons of vinegar such as white vinegar, red wine vinegar, or apple cider vinegar. Others add lemon juice or garlic to it.
Instead, this salad is made with some seasonings and light oil for the most deliciously fresh flavor and taste.
It’s a classic Ukrainian recipe that’s easy to make, tasty, and stores well in the fridge since it doesn’t have vinegars that are breaking down the vegetables.
Plus, it’s also healthy! Despite chopping all ingredients in the recipe, it doesn't actually require a lot of prep time. It comes together quickly and easily.
The onion in this salad adds a perfect hint of sharpness and crispness, and the seasonings make it scrumptious and just tempting.
What are the Best Vegetables for Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad?
This Tomato Onion Cucumber Salad Recipe continue to make our most frequent and favorite list. To really see why you simply must taste it!
This refreshing goodness is created from fresh homegrown most beloved produce: namely cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions.
We have it most frequently during the summertime not only because these particular veggies grow in abundance but they also grow quickly and are so simple to grow at home.
To get the true experience and flavor of such a simple but satisfying salad, you must get your hands-on homegrown veggies. There's just no way around that!
It's a common struggle for every mom to get kids to eat more veggies. However, if you hear your child asking for more salad, you know you've got something good on your hands. The flavor is how you get kids to eat their veggies. The rate these seemingly bland-looking vegetables fly off the table has confirmed this for me many times.
It's a really yummy salad, not to mention super healthy! And what is more trustworthy than 100% homegrown nutrient-rich organic? That's the way the Lord made it, and it is good!
Please be warned that this salad simply does not taste as it should if you make it out of store-bought vegetables. Even store-bought organic produce doesn't seem to hold the same natural vegetable flavors that homegrown produce offers.
Is This Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad Healthy?
Yes, it absolutely is! In terms of nutrition, little can beat this amazing combination!
This nutritious cucumber-tomato salad is packed with vitamins and minerals. Tomatoes are high in Vitamin C and lycopene, making them an excellent source of antioxidants.
Cucumbers are refreshing, low in sodium, and high in potassium. In the same way, raw onions have a lot of antioxidants and Vitamin C.
It makes for a delicious light meal or side dish that’s low in calories and carbohydrates.
Should I Peel the Cucumbers to Make This Salad?
Whether or not you should peel your cucumbers depends on personal preference and the type of cucumbers you’re using.
In case you don’t have homegrown and you’re getting store-bought cucumbers, I recommend going for Persian or English cucumbers. Both these varieties are seedless and the peels are tender enough that you don’t need to remove them.
Plus, peels have a lot of nutrients and fiber which you should try having in your salad to make it even healthier!
But in case you’re going for regular cucumbers, you can peel them and if the seeds are tough, you can scoop those out as well before slicing them for this recipe.
What You Need to Make Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad at Home
Making this salad is an absolute delight and you’re going to love the flavors! Here’s what you need to make it at home:
Cucumbers: As I mentioned above, nothing is better than homegrown veggies in terms of flavor and nutrition. But if you’re buying it from the store, go for English or Persian cucumbers which are the seedless varieties.
Tomatoes: You can go for any type of tomatoes you like, including cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes. Just make sure they’re fresh and juicy for the best results!
Onions: When it comes to onions, you can go for either yellow or red onions. Both will taste great and add a good kick to your onion tomato-cucumber salad.
Salt and Pepper: We’ll be using some salt and pepper to lightly season the salad to bring all the flavors out from the veggies.
Oil: I recommend using avocado oil or light olive oil for this recipe since it’s not only healthy but adds a delicious flavor to your salad.
How to Make Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad (Step-by-Step)
Making this delicious Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad is incredibly easy. Here’s what you need to do step by step:
When ready to serve, pour dressing over salad and carefully combine veggies all together, by gently scooping them from the bottom of the bowl upwards.
Add seasonings to taste.
Recipe Variation Ideas for Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad
This recipe is absolutely delicious as is, but if you’re looking to change things up here are a few variation ideas you can try:
Add protein: Want to turn this salad into a meal? Add your favorite type of cooked meat to it! Chicken and pork go great with the flavors in this salad. You can also try chickpeas for a vegan option!
Add cheese: If you love cheese, you can add some mozzarella or feta cheese to your salad.
Make it zesty: Add a little lemon juice for added zest and tang.
Try some fresh herbs: You can also add some finely chopped fresh herbs to this salad. Some good options include fresh dill and fresh basil.
How to Store Leftovers of Your Salad
You can store any leftovers of this delicious salad in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. A great way to store it is to place single servings in a jar and put them in the fridge for an easy grab-and-go salad!
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Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad (Quick, Easy, and Tasty!)
Cucumber Tomato and Onion Salad Ingredients
- 2 lbs. – garden cucumbers or one English cucumber
- 2 lbs – garden tomatoes
- 1 medium – red onion
- ¼ tsp. – freshly ground black pepper
- ½ tbsp. – sea salt
- ¼ cup - avocado or light olive oil
How to Make Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad
- Start by rinsing and slicing vegetables and placing them into a large bowl.
- You should mix them all together only before serving, or else they will water too much.
- When ready to serve, pour dressing over salad and carefully combine veggies all together, by gently scooping them from the bottom of the bowl upwards.
- Add seasonings to taste.
This recipe was originally posted on August 18, 2014 (original picture above). I tweaked it a bit since then like using good quality ingredients. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure.