This classic Cucumber Tomato Salad is just like summer in a bowl!! You’ll love the fresh taste of cucumbers and tomatoes, along with a simple homemade Italian dressing. This quick and easy salad takes only about 15 minutes to make. Use in-season produce for the best flavor, and you’ll have the easiest side dish or lunch!
If your weekend was anything like mine, you might be craving all the healthy salad recipes. I have you covered with this super easy Cucumber Tomato Salad made so quickly with just a handful of ingredients! It’s light, it’s fresh, it’s so tasty and made with nutrient-dense summer produce.
If there is one thing I love most about summer, it’s actually the food! I live for summer produce. Ripened and juicy tomatoes, fresh basil, crunchy cucumbers are all on the short list of my favorites. I frequently find myself tossing all of my favorites in one dish like with my Ratatouille recipe. This Cucumber Tomato Salad is just one of the many sides I’ve had on repeat lately! It’s always a good idea….
As a nutritionist, salads with homemade dressings are my favorite recipes to make and develop. When warm weather hits, I am all about salad being the star of our dinner table. Salads are the best way to incorporate fiber, antioxidants, and healthy fats. All you need is a side of protein for a complete meal!
How to make Cucumber Tomato Salad:
We start by gathering our simple ingredients. If you have a garden, these might be your staples! I always recommend buying local when it comes to summer produce, this allows for the best possible flavor.
- Cherry tomatoes
- Red onion
- Fresh basil
- Avocado oil (or olive oil)
- Red wine vinegar
- Dijon mustard
- Italian seasoning
- Sea salt
Cut up your veggies. I like to keep my cucumber skin on for more nutrients, but you can also peel the cucumber. Slice them up, then half each slice. Dice up your tomatoes into quarters, and also create thin slices of red onion.
In a separate container, you will make the Italian dressing. I use a jar or container with a lid. Combine the oil, vinegar, dijon mustard, Italian seasoning, and salt. Give it a good shake and that’s it!!
Pour on top of the salad, and then toss.
Garnish with fresh basil and serve! Top with sea salt, this is a must. That extra sea salt makes all the difference. You can let this salad sit in the fridge and serve later in the day. This is helpful for entertaining guests or if you need to pack and take with you.
Looking for some additional add-ins? Here are a few that I love:
- Red or green bell pepper
- Artichoke hearts
- Feta cheese
What to serve with Cucumber Tomato Salad:
I love to eat this with grilled chicken, like my Balsamic Rosemary Chicken. You can also serve along grilled shrimp for a light meal, or with my Greek Marinated Flank Steak. A vegetarian option, and one that pairs perfectly with summer, is to serve with my Avocado Melon Gazpacho.
Fresh Cucumber and Tomato Summer Salad
This fresh and easy Cucumber and Tomato Summer Salad is so easy to make in less than 15 minutes! Fresh summer produce comes together with a simple homemade Italian dressing .
- 1 large cucumber
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 medium red onion
- 1/3 cup avocado oil or olive oil
- 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- 2 tsp Italian seasoning
- pinch of salt + more to taste
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
Prepare your veggies: Slice your cucumber (peeled or unpeeled) into slices, then half each slice. Quarter the cherry tomatoes, and thinly slice the red onion. Pour into a medium to large size bowl.
Using a container with a lid, combine the oil, vinegar, dijon mustard, Italian seasoning, and a pinch of salt. Shake until nice and smooth. Pour on top of the cucumber/tomato mixture.
Season with additional sea salt and top with fresh basil to serve.