Cool and crispy, my Easy Cucumber Tomato Salad is easy to prepare for weeknight meals or summer parties. This recipe is full of juicy, ripe tomatoes, cool, crispy cucumber, bright lemon flavor and zesty fresh dill.
This recipe is number one in my summertime go to list for a few reasons!
First of all, it’s healthy (it’s okay, you don’t have to tell anyone!)
It is super easy to prepare. I know I’m speaking your love language here…
Is a crowd pleaser every single time I serve it. I mean, how can you argue with that logic?
And last, but not least – this colorful side dish also takes full advantage of abundant fresh from the garden vegetables.
To be honest, here’s my full disclaimer. I use the bounty from other people’s gardens. As in, I buy them from the farm stand down the road. And sometimes, my equally awesome neighbor leaves vegetables on my porch.
This farm girl doesn’t have a garden.
But that’s okay. If I was busy gardening I wouldn’t have time to cook.
Clearly a decision had to be made, right???
Okay, so back to the recipe.
How to make an awesome cucumber and tomato salad
Using a paring knife, halve your grape tomatoes.
Halve your cucumber lengthwise. If you check out the recipe below, you’ll see I call for an English cucumber. These are the fancy cucumbers wrapped in plastic at the grocery store.
They have fewer seeds and are generally pretty. But a regular cucumber from the garden works well. You may want to run a spoon through the center to remove the seeds. It’s your call.
Just to make a point, I’m even using a plain old cucumber in my recipe photos.
See??? Food doesn’t have to be fussy to be good.
So we’ve got our cucumbers and tomatoes working together. Now, let’s make the dressing.
Mix together your olive oil, lemon juice and a little bit of salt.
Pour the dressing mixture over the tomatoes and cucumbers and give it a little toss. Be gentle, now….
Add some fresh dill if you have it. It really does bring a fresh, grassy flavor to the party. But if you don’t have fresh dill, just use about a teaspoon of dried dill. I won’t tell…
Then, let this hang out for a few minutes. Pour yourself a glass of sweet tea and hang out so the salad ingredients can get to know one another.
How to make this side dish ahead of time
Since I mentioned I take this to potlucks, picnics, and barbecues, I better tell you how to make this ahead of time, right??
Go ahead and make the salad dressing. Put it into a storage container of some sort. Cute mason jar or plastic container, you take your pick.
Assemble the cucumbers and tomatoes and add the dill. When you get to your party, add the dressing and toss to combine.
That’s it! So easy and so fresh and delicious.
I’m telling you, sometimes we overthink this whole food and eating thing.
Other easy recipes you’ll love:
- Summer Corn Salad
- Asparagus & Green Bean Salad
- Quick & Healthy Pasta Salad Recipes
- Creamy Mayo Free Potato Salad
- Old Fashioned Baked Beans
- Italian Farro Salad
- Mediterranean Chopped Salad
Keep it good, keep it simple and keep it delicious!
If you make a batch of my easy cucumber tomato salad, post a pic on social media and tag me at #thisfarmgirlcooks or @thisfarmgirlcooks.
Even better, come back here and leave a review so the next person knows what’s in store for them!
Until next time, friends….
Easy Cucumber Tomato Salad
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- ½ tsp salt
- 3 cups grape tomatoes, halved
- 1 large English Cucumber or 1 regular cucumber, peeled
- 1 Tbsp fresh dill
- In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. Set aside.
- In a serving bowl, add halved grape tomatoes.
- Prepare cucumber by cutting in half lengthwise. Cut each half into slices, half moon shaped. Add to the tomatoes.
- Pour dressing mixture over salad. Add chopped dill. Toss lightly to combine.
- Allow to sit for at least 10-15 minutes for flavors to melt.
- Serve and enjoy!
As seen on Weekend Potluck