Sunday, March 19, 2017

Cucumber Tomato Salad (With Video)

Cucumber Tomato Salad is the best of summers harvest. Crisp cucumbers and luscious tomatoes tossed in a bright and creamy lemon poppy seed dressing. This is my newest obsession.

I could live on salad. I mean I would eat it every day for every meal. There are so many options. I love fresh vegetables and the salad options are endless. The rest of my family...

Well... My daughter is a very particular eater, read 'picky'. She might get that from her father, although I am not pointing any fingers. But, she knows what she likes and getting her to eat anything else is such a challenge. Some days I just don't have the energy to fight it. Needless to say we have been eating her 2 favorite veggies: cucumbers and broccoli for far too long.

I grew up in a family where we had to sit at the table until your plate was clean, no matter how long it took. I am more of the thought that I want my daughter to try everything I cook. If she doesn't love it she can just eat a few bites. If she detests it, just that first bite will do. I try again and again every few weeks to get her to try those ones she didn't like prepared a different way.

Fresh tomatoes have been a challenge for a long time so last week I decided to try them in a salad with one of her favorite veggies. Knowing she loves cucumbers, I thought a gorgeous cucumber salad with tomatoes was exactly what we were looking for.

This cucumber tomato salad is absolutely spectacular. Fresh, crunchy and bursting with flavor. Tossed in a homemade lemon poppy seed dressing that will excite your taste buds, this is surely your new go to salad.

Of course, I devoured it. I truly couldn't get enough! My daughter...  Whomp whomp whomp. She loved the cucumbers and the dressing. Oh well. Until next time. Fresh tomatoes are apparently a battle for another day.


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Cucumber Tomato Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing


1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoon extra light olive oil
1/2 tablespoon poppy seeds
1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
2 English cucumbers, cut into half coins
2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 red onion, sliced thin

Combine lemon juice, sugar, olive oil, poppy seeds, mustard, garlic, salt, and onion powder in a large bowl. Whisk well until dressing is completely combined.

Add cucumbers, tomatoes, and onion to the bowl. Toss to combine.

Chill until ready to serve. Enjoy!

DONNA'S NOTES:If you would like to make this salad ahead, prepare the dressing in a mason jar and toss the salad with it the day you plan to serve it.

Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
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  1. Recipes doesn't reflect Poppy Seed

    1. Hi Arkansas Granny, oops. I corrected the recipe. Thank you for your comment.

    2. I love salads but cant eat cucumbers or onions have to eat it early or it kills me

  2. Hi Donna, this salad looks so delicious but how much poppy seeds do you add ?
    It's not in the ingredient list. Have a nice day !

    1. Hi Danielle! 1/2 tablespoon poppy seeds, I added that to the recipe. Thank you for your message. Enjoy and let us know how it goes!

  3. Excited to try this recipe. How much poppy seed and when do I add it?

    1. So happy you stopped by. I added 1/2 tablespoon poppy seeds to the recipe. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

  4. The dressing says it is lemon poppyseed dressing. I am wondering how much poppyseed you put in it?

    1. Hi Brenda! Thank you for your comment. I added 1/2 tablespoon poppy seeds. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

  5. Love your recipes going to make this but you didn't list the poppy seeds☺

    1. Thanks Kat! I added the 1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds to the recipe. I appreciate your message, let us know how it goes. Enjoy!

  6. You added poppy seed to ingredients but not when to add it. I assume it is added in dressing mixture.

  7. Just want to say that your recipe may be healthier than mine but I grew up on cucumber & tomato salad. Sometimes simpler is better. I only add a small amount of mayo & lemon zest to the cucumbers, tomatoes, & red onion with S&P to taste. I do plan to try your recipe as I have been looking for the perfect opportunity to use a bottle of poppy seeds that are in my spice cabinet.

    1. Thank you so much Marie! I usually toss this with vinegar and oil, but I wanted to try something different and lemony. It really blows my mind how delicious it is. I am going to try the lemon and mayo and see how that goes. Thanks for the suggestion! Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

  8. How would I change the dressing to a honey poppyseed ? I don't tolerate lemon well.

    1. I also love this an orange honey poppy seed dressing.
      1/4 cup orange juice (instead of lemon)
      2 tablespoons honey (instead of sugar)

      Let me know how it goes. Enjoy!

  9. I'm not a huge fan of lemony dressings but this one sounded interesting and was I happy I tried it!! My new favorite summertime dressing!! I even had to use bottled lemon juice and it was still awesome. I'm going to make a quadruple batch this afternoon so I have it ready to go! I recommend this to anyone that likes a poppyseed dressing.

  10. What other salads this could be used with? can't eat cukes.

  11. I use it on spinach spinach, sliced boiled egg, sliced red onion (if tolerated).toss with dressing and sprinkle with mozza cheese...
    I often add sliced strawberries as well

  12. Instead of mayo try mashed avocado

  13. I don't know about your daughter, but I sometimes have problems with fresh tomatoes due to the texture of the inner goo. You might try giving some to her with the seed goop scooped or squeezed out and see if she doesn't tolerate them a little better. Love the recipe!

  14. Started to copy recipe, but noted that now the lemon juice and sugar were deleted!


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