Cucumber Tomato Salad

Refreshing Italian-style cucumber tomato salad made with perfectly ripe and juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, and basil. Enjoy this family friendly easy salad recipe all summer long! 

This is one of the simplest summer salad recipes to put together at moments notice using a few ingredients: cucumber, grape tomatoes and basil and a homemade light dressing. It is vegan, dairy-free, paleo, Whole 30, healthy, crisp, refreshing and makes a lovely side dish. Try it with our juicy grilled hamburgers, Italian turkey burgers, swordfish kabobs, and baked cod in foil!

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  • Why this is the best cucumber and tomato salad recipe
  • Key Ingredients
  • How to make fresh tomato cucumber salad
  • What are the best tomatoes
  • How to store grape tomatoes and cherry tomatoes
  • Recipe FAQs
  • More recipes with tomatoes and cucumbers
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Why this is the best cucumber and tomato salad recipe

  • Crowd-pleaser tomato salad! It’s a delightful salad recipe that’s perfect for any occasion.
  • Kid-friendly! Cucumber tomato salad is kid-friendly and easy for little hands to pick up the zesty flavored vegetables.
  • Juicy and flavorful! This tomato cucumber salad is packed with zesty freshness and nutrient-rich ingredients, this dish will have your taste buds dancing for joy.

Key Ingredients

  • grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes – half of cut into quarters. Use the most delicious and juiciest tomatoes for the best flavor as the dish depends almost exclusively on this one ingredient.
  • English cucumber – leave the skin on or cut off the cucumber skin then cut into cubes.
  • red or orange bell peppers – remove the core and stem and cut into thin dices. This adds a dash of beautiful sweetness that compliments fresh tomatoes and basil leaves.
  • chopped fresh basil leaves
  • lime juice or red wine vinegar
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • pink Himalayan salt
  • black pepper
  • (optional to add ¼ cup of diced red onion which is not shown in the pictures)

How to make fresh tomato cucumber salad

Prepare the cucumbers by slicing off the ends. Slice the cucumber into strips then small chunks and add them to a large bowl. Next, prepare the tomatoes by slicing them in half and add them to the bowl with the cucumbers.

I like to add a few dices of colorful bell peppers into the mix for extra contrast and flavor and you can also add red onion slivers or diced. Finely dice 2 mini red or orange bell peppers and add it to the bowl. Rip basil into small pieces or chop it and add 2 tablespoons with the rest of the ingredients. Drizzle olive oil, vinegar or lime juice, and add salt and pepper and blend all the ingredients together.

You can serve it right away or let the salad set covered in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes first to bring out the best flavors. Additional ingredients that can also be added are red onion slices and avocados (I left out the onions because my kiddos prefer it without).

What are the best tomatoes

The best tomatoes to use in tomato and cucumber salads are small tomatoes like grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes. They are bursting with juicy sweet flavor! Grape tomatoes are smaller with an oval shape and cherry tomatoes are rounder and larger. Just make sure to chop the ingredients of cucumbers to about the same size as the tomatoes for the best consistency.

Tomatoes should be bright in color, hard and firm (not wrinkly). If you are making this on a whim and do not have grape tomatoes on-hand. Roma or plum tomatoes work diced into ½-inch cubes. Make sure the tomatoes are at the season’s best and super sweet to taste.

How to store grape tomatoes and cherry tomatoes

Here is a whole article on storing tomatoes and should tomatoes be refrigerated? Small grape tomatoes and cherry tomatoes are best when stored at room temperature out of direct sunlight and eaten in the first 3 days (although they last up to 5 days). They can also be stored in the refrigerator in a plastic bag or paper bag.

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