Cucumber Tomato Salad is the best of summer’s harvest. Crisp cucumbers and luscious tomatoes tossed in a bright and creamy lemon poppy seed dressing. This tomato cucumber salad recipe is my newest obsession.
Cucumber Tomato Salad
Summer is a perfect time to make veggie salads. Vegetables are plentiful at the farmer’s market or in our gardens.
So, if you want to try a few more of my favorites after you’ve made this tomato and cucumber salad recipe, here are a few ideas.
Or, this Cucumber Vinegar Salad is a Southern classic. It has a delicious sweet vinegar marinade that is sure to be a hit.
Tomato and Cucumber Salad Recipe Notes
- Prep ahead. Cucumbers have a tendency to release a lot of liquid. To avoid a watery salad, place sliced cukes in a serving dish and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt.
Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours, then pour off the liquid (do not rinse). Do not add more salt — there will be plenty left over!
- Peel if you’d like. We don’t peel the cucumbers when we make this tomato cucumber salad recipe — it adds a little extra crunch and is less work!
But if you want to, you can peel them before you slice them.
- Make ahead tip: Prepare the cucumber tomato salad dressing in a mason jar and store it in the refrigerator.
Give it a good shake, then toss the salad with it the day you plan to serve it.
Best Dressing for Cucumber Tomato Salad
We love a tangy, homemade poppy seed dressing for cucumber tomato salad!
It rounds out the flavors, and the creaminess balances all the crunchy textures in this tomato and cucumber salad recipe.
Not a fan of poppy seeds? Simply leave them out or try one of the other dressing suggestions listed below.
There are many different things you can add to this cucumber tomato salad.
Why not try adding chopped avocado, corn, chopped chives, or even chunks of watermelon — you won’t believe how delicious it is!
- Give it a Mexican twist by adding bell peppers and crushed red pepper flakes.
- Make a Mediterranean cucumber tomato salad dressing with lemon and olive oil instead of poppy seeds.
- For a Greek Cucumber Tomato Salad, add black olives and crumbled feta cheese.
Tomato Cucumber Salad Recipe FAQ
For the best flavor, allow the vegetables in this tomato and cucumber salad recipe to marinate for at least 20 minutes. You can let them marinate for up to twenty-four hours in the refrigerator if you want to make this salad the day before.
When choosing the best tomatoes for this tomato cucumber salad recipe, look for tomatoes with no blemishes or bruises.They should be a deep, bright red color. If one has a pale color or is mottled with green, the flavor won’t be the best.
Be sure to avoid any tomatoes with black spots on them.
There are many different types of cucumbers you can use in this cucumber and tomato salad. I typically use English Cucumbers because they have fewer seeds.
You can also choose from one of these varieties:Armenian cucumbers have soft skin and seeds.
Garden cucumbers are the most common and have large seeds.
Gherkins are small and are often used for pickling.
Kirby cucumbers, which are often referred to as pickling cucumbers.
Cucumber Tomato Salad is a perfect summer side to go with any grilled meat.
Storing Leftover Cucumber Tomato Salad
If you store this salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator, it should last up to a week. After that, the tomatoes will start to get soft.
If you remove the tomatoes, you can store this salad for closer to two weeks. Just chop fresh tomatoes right before you want to serve it again.
With love, from our simple kitchen to yours.
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- 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!
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published July 2016, updated and republished May 2023
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