This fresh tomato and cucumber salad is coming straight from my garden. And I will show you how simple and easy it is to make healthy and delicious salad from garden vegetables.
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How to make tomato and cucumber salad
Summer is in a full swing, and I am starting to harvest my hard work from the garden. Usually tomatoes are the first once to show the colours. So I have decided to go with a simple tomato and cucumber salad. It is fresh, full of flavours, yet very simple to make.
It’s perfect side dish for grilling or roasted meats
Slice all the tomatoes on smaller pieces (depending on what kind of tomatoes you will be using). If you use cherry tomatoes just cut in half is enough. If you use roma tomatoes or regular tomatoes, slice them in quarters.
Cucumber and onion will require some peeling. I peel off the skin from garden cucumber, if I use English or Lebanese cucumbers, no peeling off skin is necessary. But it’s all at your preference. Onion has to be peeled and slices on small pieces.
What tomatoes to use
You can use any kind of tomatoes. Because this is garden salad, so what sort of tomatoes you have in your garden. I am having this year two beautiful colours to choose from; yellow and red tomatoes. I have regular tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and Roma tomatoes. Roma tomatoes are usually the sweetest and juiciest.
Also, cherry tomatoes are such a great choice for this tomato and cucumber salad. Cherry tomatoes have very thin flesh and are easier to digest.
What aromatic herbs to use
This is very important point. To get your tomatoes to have a heavenly fresh taste, you must pair them with basil. Basil is sweet, aromatic and it brings this whole tomato and cucumber salad together. You might also use different herbs then basil, but I suggest basil is the best combo in this salad.
As another aromatic herbs, I would suggest, if you are not a fan of basil; use oregano. Fresh oregano has lighter taste then dried one and if you like Greek salad dressing, then oregano herb is win for you.
Pairing other vegetables
In this tomato and cucumber salad we will also use cucumbers. I prefer using salad cucumbers or small Lebanese cucumbers. But even English cucumber would be a great choice for this salad.
And how about the onion? I used classic yellow onion, but you can use red onion or for sweeter taste Spanish onion, which is the white onion with white peel.
Dressing for tomato salad
Quality virgin olive oil would the best option to start with. I am always using Organic Kirkland Extra Virgin Oil you can also find them at Costco. Next we need something to kick all these flavours together and vinegar it is. Somebody might like more wine vinegar over balsamic vinegar. I am a big fan of reduced balsamic vinegar, specifically I love Fig balsamic vinegar. It is less acid and its texture is very thick and lightly sweet from figs.
My hubby prefers more red or white vinegar and I don’t mind it, so we usually dress it with white vinegar and I drizzle little of fig balsamic vinegar, and we are both happy 🙂 And the last ingredient for the dressing is seasoning; simple salt and pepper:)
If you prefer sweeter dressing, add a teaspoon of honey into the dressing to make it little sweeter. Or you can use the fig balsamic vinegar, it’s much sweeter, then usual balsamic vinegar.
TOMATO AND CUCUMBER SALAD
- 2 cups cut fresh tomatoes
- 1 medium garden cucumber
- 1/2 small yellow onion
- 1 tbsp fresh basil
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
- salt & pepper
- Wash and cut all vegetables.
- Place the vegetables into a bowl and start preparing dressing.
- Combine olive oil & wine vinegar and drizzle the vegetables with this dressing.
- Season the salad with salt & pepper and toss well. Add basil and chill in refrigerator for 10 minutes. Serve.
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