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Refreshing Mediterranean Tomato Cucumber Salad

This Mediterranean tomato cucumber salad is a great summer side dish to add to your meal prep rotation! With its simple ingredients and delicious flavors, it’s perfect for summertime dining. 

It’s perfect for potlucks, picnics, or just satisfying your own summer craving!!

cucumber tomato salad on a plate with a fork

Why you’ll love Mediterranean Cucumber Tomato Salad

This simple salad is the perfect option for a light lunch or a side to a refreshing dinner on a hot summer day.

The combination of fresh tomato, crisp cucumber, fresh herbs and a tangy lemony dressing creates a tasty medley of Mediterranean flavors that will satisfy your taste buds AND your belly!

And you can have more, because this salad is loaded with nutrients!

It’s bursting with wholesome ingredients from the tomatoes which are high in antioxidants to the fresh cucumbers packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber. 

I’m not a doctor, I’m just slightly geeky. And I happen to know those things are good for you. And this is always a great way to use your extra tomatoes.

If you’re looking for an easy way to get your daily dose of healthy goodness that is also downright delicious, this Mediterranean tomato cucumber salad has your name on it!

Fresh Ingredients

Any recipe that’s easy to make plus has just a few wholesome ingredients is my kind of recipe.

And that’s exactly what this cucumber tomato salad is. 

ingredients in mediterranean cucumber tomato salad
  • roma tomatoes
  • English cucumber – These are sometimes called Persian cucumbers. At the grocery store you’ll find these with a plastic wrapping. English cucumbers have fewer seeds than regular cucumbers.
  • fresh parsley
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • lemon juice
  • kosher salt

See the recipe card below for full quantities of everything.

Instructions

sliced cucumbers

The instructions to make this recipe couldn’t be any easier!

Simply chop up all your ingredients, toss them together with some olive oil and lemon juice, and let it sit in the fridge for an hour or two before digging in. 

cucumber, tomato and parsley in a glass bowl
Tip: If you're using refrigerated tomatoes, let them come to room temperature before prepping the salad.
vinegar and oil in a bowl with a whisk

Substitutions

You can use many different varieties of fresh produce you use in this recipe. For example…

Tomatoes – use whatever type of tomatoes you have growing in your garden. Grape tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, Roma tomatoes…should I go on?

Fresh herbs – you can play around with all sorts of different fresh herbs here. Mint is super refreshing and thyme or a little fresh oregano would be a good recipe match, too.

Variations

Everyone and their brother has different things they love. Make this cucumber salad your own with these variations.

Cheese obsessed – add some feta cheese before serving

For some zing – some chopped red onion or Sweet Vidalia onion adds texture and a little bite

Craving briny flavor – Add some chopped kalamata olives

Another great cucumber recipe is this Marinated Cucumbers and Onions!

tomatoes and cucumber on a fork

What to serve with serve with tomato cucumber salad

Basically, anything on the grill is at home here. From avocado baja burgers, to grilled pork chops and chicken, to air fryer bratwurst, it’s a perfect match for all summertime foods!

Other healthy salad recipes you’ll love:

made with love, Deanne
Yield: 4 servings

Mediterranean Cucumber Tomato Salad

tomatoes, cucumber and parsley in a salad bowl

This Mediterranean tomato cucumber salad is a great summer side dish to add to your meal prep rotation! With its simple ingredients and delicious flavors, it's perfect for summertime dining. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups roma tomatoes
  • 1 large English cucumber (the kind in a plastic wrapper)
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped (about half of a bunch)
  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Core the tomatoes by removing the circle stem part at the top. Cut the tomatoes in half lengthwise, then cut each half into three or so large but bite sized pieces
  2. For the cucumber: Remove the plastic wrap. Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise (you may need to cut it into half and then cut each half lengthwise), then cut each half into large but bite size pieces.
  3. Cut off the bottom stems from the parsley. Chop the parsley using a chef’s knife.
  4. In a medium sized salad bowl, place cucumbers, tomato pieces and parsley. 
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice and salt.  Pour the lemon dressing over the tomato mixture and toss to coat.

Notes

The acid from the lemon juice is what brightens this side salad.

You can use balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, or even lime juice as an alternative.

Also fresh mint or thyme are lovely herb additions. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 134Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 172mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g

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