Thursday, June 11, 2009

Simple Summer Cucumber, Onion and Tomato Salad

A favorite simple salad in the summer featuring garden fresh cucumbers and tomatoes, red or sweet onion and dressed in a simple vinegar and olive oil dressing and topped with fresh herbs and freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.

Simple Summer Cucumber, Onion and Tomato Salad

There is seriously nothing to this salad really, but with fresh tomatoes and cukes startin' to come in, it is definitely worth a quick mention. In fact, with this heat here lately salads are perfect for lunch, or even a light dinner when it's just too hot to think about food, but I get bored with just plain old garden salads. So, I've posted three of my favorite salads that utilize some of those fresh tomatoes and cucumbers that you'll be harvesting soon. Be sure to check my other simple summer salads - a well-loved Fire 'n Ice Summer Salad, the tangy Spicy, Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad and Creamed Cucumber and Onions are just three of my other favorites - each just a bit different from the other. I hope that you enjoy them along with my full collection of salads from coleslaw to pasta salad to potato salads.

I made this salad the other night and it was so good. Fresh cucumbers and tomatoes just speak to summer, and yes, those are tomatoes and cucumbers right out of my garden! You really must also use red onion in this - it just gives that nice, extra bite.

I like to use a simple drizzle of good extra virgin olive oil, red wine or apple cider vinegar, a pinch of Italian seasoning, a sprinkle of some freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano - though you can totally skip that too if you prefer - a bit of kosher salt and some freshly cracked black pepper, and that's really it. You can, of course, also use your favorite commercially bottled Italian dressing. My favorite commercial dressing hands down, are the packets of Good Seasons Italian All Natural dry Salad Dressing mix - it has a nice blend of flavors and all the seasonings that you need. Add a good quality extra virgin olive oil and apple cider vinegar and total YUM is all I can say!!

Here's how to make it.

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Recipe: Simple Summer Cucumber, Onion and Tomato Salad

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Total time: 40 min | Yield: About 4 to 6 servings

  • 2 cucumbers
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 vidalia or red onion, halved and sliced thick

For the Dressing:
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Vinegar - red wine, apple cider or balsamic are all good choices
  • Pinch of fresh, chopped herbs (parsley, basil, oregano)
  • Kosher salt (omit if using the cheese) and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste

Peel the cucumber and cut it in half lengthwise. Cut into slices and put into a glass serving bowl. Cut tomatoes into bite sized chunks and add to the cucumbers. Cut the onion slices into quarters and add to the bowl. For the dressing, drizzle the olive oil over the salad, enough to lightly coat. Drizzle vinegar over - a little less than the oil. Sprinkle a pinch of fresh herbs over and toss; taste and add salt and pepper. Toss well, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Cook's Notes: Grate a little fresh Parmigiano Reggiano cheese over the top; reduce salt if using the cheese. Substitute dried herbs or dried Italian seasoning for the fresh herbs.


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  1. Mary I love all these salads, they're right up my alley, I don't need anything but tomatoes(my favorite veggie) and cukes to have a salad!

  2. Thanks Bunny - summertime does call me to salads pretty often. I'll have some others up soon too hopefully.

  3. we eat a cucumber, tomato and onion salad too, but instead of a vinegar based dressing we use creamy Italian or just plain mayo. I prefer it to the vinegar base, because it only takes a little dressing. The creamy dressing clings to the veggies so well. My mom liked miracle whip (ick), but God rest her soul she like miracle whip and didn't care for mayo.

    1. LOL Vikki, my Mama wouldn't even let it in her house. She said MW is SALAD DRESSING not mayonnaise. I haven't tried it in years though, and I know it has it's place in some dishes. I love the creamy Italian dressing too. Which brand do you use? I can never find it!

  4. We eat this every year from the garden sometimes using italian dressing or most of the time just letting the juices of the veggies marry with just a dash of salt & pepper. This salad screams summertime to me!


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