Summer Tomato, Onion & Cucumber Salad

Summer Tomato, Onion & Cucumber Salad

11 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2011

Fresh wedges of tomato, thinly sliced onion and sliced cucumber dressed simply with vinegar and oil makes the most simple salad possible—think of it as the Southern counterpart to the classic Italian tomato-and-mozzarella salad. It is best enjoyed at the height of summer, when tomatoes and cucumbers are fresh from the garden.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper, or more to taste
  • 2 medium cucumbers
  • 4 medium tomatoes, cut into ½-inch wedges
  • 1 Vidalia or other sweet onion, halved and very thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh herbs, such as flat-leaf parsley, chives and/or tarragon


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  1. Whisk vinegar, oil, honey, salt and pepper in a large shallow bowl.
  2. Remove alternating stripes of peel from the cucumbers. Slice the cucumbers into thin rounds. Add the cucumber slices, tomatoes and onion to the dressing; gently toss to combine. Let stand at room temperature for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour.
  3. Just before serving, add herbs and toss again.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 2 up to 1 hour ahead.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about 1½ cups
  • Per serving: 66 calories; 3 g fat(0 g sat); 2 g fiber; 10 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 36 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 7 g sugars; 1 g added sugars; 838 IU vitamin A; 18 mg vitamin C; 31 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 204 mg sodium; 361 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (30% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 2 vegetable, ½ fat

Reviews 11

July 05, 2016
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By: EatingWell User
One word - Dill We make this all the time in the summer and we always add dill, a lot of dill. Pros: Easy and fast
January 20, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
mouth watering! This is the best recipe-and very versatile! We love this with the tomatoes/cucumbers/onions, however, it is super when all is combined with a pasta for pasta salad!! Pros: All good Cons: none
February 19, 2014
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By: Blubyu1958
Great side or Entree Salad! I was raised in New Orleans, and this is a staple at any time of the year!! We tossed the salad and let marinade overnight in the fridge....oh, and we also added fresh mushrooms, quartered, to the mix and, then marinate.
June 02, 2013
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By: djwilson
Absolutely love this salad! It tastes like summer and is so simple to make. I like to use roma tomatoes and english cucumber and typically use green onions or chives as the herb. Yum! Pros: Quick, Easy & Delish
August 16, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Quick and easy week-night salad. My mother made this for years, since I was a little kid. She just used apple cider vinegar and a little water to dilute the vinegar then poured it over the tomato wedges, onion and cukes. Anyway you want to make it, it's great. Pros: What's not to like about it. Cons: None.
June 17, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Oh MY Goodness!!! I just love this easy to make recipe. It does taste better when served at room temp but sometimes I don't do that and it is still good. I sure wish we could get Vadalis all year but I take advantage of them when we can and substitute red onion when we can't. I also change out the vinegars to try new tastes and also use this type of dressing for other salads I make. Pros: easy, light, Cons: can't get Vadalis all year long
June 10, 2012
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By: Jane Russell
Delicious and easy! This recipe is not only easy to make, but it's light and delicious. The perfect summer salad that can go with everything from chicken to fish. I followed the recipe exactly, and it brought rave reviews from family and friends at our picnic. Nothing was left in a large double bowl! I love recipes that make me look good; both in shape and in the kitchen!
June 07, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Fresh and Tasty Summer Treat I've made a similar salad to this for years using red wine vinegar and EVOO, but I occasionally change the vinegar to rice wine vinegar. If I don't have Vidalia onions, I soak the ones I have for at least an hour in ice water. Pros: Quick Cons: Not as good in winter
January 16, 2012
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By: jayjayharding
Quick and refreshing This has been on my rotating list of side dishes for a few months now, and it's delicious every time I make it. I use cherry or grape tomatoes and cut them in half which makes them the perfect size for this salad. I usually use red onions because those are what I have on hand, and I reduce the amount of onion because it's a bit overpowering for me. Next time I'll try a vidalia and see if that makes the onion flavor more subtle. This is an absolutely amazing salad though, and I would definitely recommend it. I usually use parsley for the herb, but have also made this without the herbs added.
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