Tomato & Cucumber Salad

 

This salad is all about simplicity.  The reason that I love this recipe so much (I eat it at least once a week) is because the minimal dressing and seasoning allows for the flavor of the fresh veggies to really shine through.

 

And if plain raw veggies aren’t your thing, you’re in luck because you can customize this recipe to fit your flavor preferences.  If you want some extra creaminess, add avocado.  If you believe that no dish is complete without cheese, add feta or goat cheese.  If you have some extra fresh herbs in your fridge, you can throw them in there too for added flavor.  I tweak this recipe a bit every time I make it so that it never gets boring!  

 

FAQ:

 

What is sweet onion?  If I don’t have it on hand, can I use white or red onion?

Sweet onions have a higher water content and therefore are less pungent than other varieties of onion.  They’re great in salads because they do not have an overwhelmingly strong flavor when eaten raw.  I don’t recommend using another type of onion in the salad because the flavor will be too pungent strong (and your breath will suffer).

 

Why don’t you put a dressing on this salad?

I like to use olive oil and lemon juice in this salad rather than a dressing because I love the taste of fresh veggies on their own and I don’t want to drown them out with a super flavorful dressing.   I recommend that you use a high-quality olive oil with a more complex flavor profile in this dish to make it extra rich and flavorful. 

 

I need more flavor.  What are some ingredients I can add to this recipe for a personal touch?

I love to put whatever herbs I have on hand in this dish for extra flavor.  Dill, oregano, and mint all work well.  You can also add a drizzle of balsamic vinegar for an acidic and sweet touch.  If you want some protein in your salad, chickpeas are a great, nutritious addition.  If you want even more fresh veggies, add some diced bell peppers!

 

Tomato & Cucumber Salad Recipe


 Prep Time:
15 minutes
 Cook Time:
0 minutes
 Total Time:
15 minutes
 Serves:
2 people

 


Ingredients:
  • 1 large cucumber, sliced or diced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in halves (you can also use two diced beefsteak tomatoes)
  • ⅓ cup sweet onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup parsley, chopped
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • 3 tablespoons high-quality olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional: ½ an avocado, diced
  • Optional: 3 tablespoons crumbled feta or goat cheese
Directions:
  1. Place your cucumber, tomatoes, onion, parsley, and avocado if using in a large bowl.
  2. Drizzle lemon, olive oil, and cheese if using on top, then season with salt and pepper.  Toss until all the veggies are evenly coated with seasonings.

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This salad is all about simplicity.  The reason that I love this recipe so much (I eat it at least once a week) is because the minimal dressing and seasoning allows for the flavor of the fresh veggies to really shine through.

 

And if plain raw veggies aren’t your thing, you’re in luck because you can customize this recipe to fit your flavor preferences.  If you want some extra creaminess, add avocado.  If you believe that no dish is complete without cheese, add feta or goat cheese.  If you have some extra fresh herbs in your fridge, you can throw them in there too for added flavor.  I tweak this recipe a bit every time I make it so that it never gets boring!  

 

FAQ:

 

What is sweet onion?  If I don’t have it on hand, can I use white or red onion?

Sweet onions have a higher water content and therefore are less pungent than other varieties of onion.  They’re great in salads because they do not have an overwhelmingly strong flavor when eaten raw.  I don’t recommend using another type of onion in the salad because the flavor will be too pungent strong (and your breath will suffer).

 

Why don’t you put a dressing on this salad?

I like to use olive oil and lemon juice in this salad rather than a dressing because I love the taste of fresh veggies on their own and I don’t want to drown them out with a super flavorful dressing.   I recommend that you use a high-quality olive oil with a more complex flavor profile in this dish to make it extra rich and flavorful. 

 

I need more flavor.  What are some ingredients I can add to this recipe for a personal touch?

I love to put whatever herbs I have on hand in this dish for extra flavor.  Dill, oregano, and mint all work well.  You can also add a drizzle of balsamic vinegar for an acidic and sweet touch.  If you want some protein in your salad, chickpeas are a great, nutritious addition.  If you want even more fresh veggies, add some diced bell peppers!

 

Tomato & Cucumber Salad Recipe


 Prep Time:
15 minutes
 Cook Time:
0 minutes
 Total Time:
15 minutes
 Serves:
2 people

 


Ingredients:
  • 1 large cucumber, sliced or diced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in halves (you can also use two diced beefsteak tomatoes)
  • ⅓ cup sweet onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup parsley, chopped
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • 3 tablespoons high-quality olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional: ½ an avocado, diced
  • Optional: 3 tablespoons crumbled feta or goat cheese
Directions:
  1. Place your cucumber, tomatoes, onion, parsley, and avocado if using in a large bowl.
  2. Drizzle lemon, olive oil, and cheese if using on top, then season with salt and pepper.  Toss until all the veggies are evenly coated with seasonings.

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