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Cucumber Tomato Salad is an easy salad recipe made with crisp cucumbers and ripe tomatoes in a lemony dressing. The perfect side dish for a hot summer day!

cucumber tomato salad with lemon and feta cheese in a white serving bowl.

Easy Cucumber and Tomato Salad

This simple cucumber salad with tomatoes is one of the easiest salads you can make. Just mix up a simple lemony dressing with sliced cucumbers and juicy tomatoes, and you’re ready to eat! It’s a great way to use up fresh cucumbers and tomatoes from your garden.

This refreshing summer salad is lighter than Creamy Cucumber Salad and Grandma’s Potato Salad. And since it’s dairy free, like Easy Three Bean Salad, it’s a better choice if you’re planning on a picnic or eating outside. Love salads? Be sure to check out all of my salad recipes next!

english cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, lemon, olive oil and seasonings.

Ingredients

You only need a few simple ingredients from the grocery store or your garden for this tomato cucumber salad. Full amounts are in the printable recipe card below.

  • Cucumbers — I use English cucumbers or Persian cucumbers which do not need to be peeled. But, you can use regular cucumbers and peel them.
  • Tomatoes — I use grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes that just need to be sliced in half. You can sub Roma tomatoes or any type of tomatoes and cut them into smaller pieces.
  • Olive oil — extra virgin olive oil for the homemade dressing
  • Lemon Juice — I like fresh lemon juice instead of vinegar
  • Seasonings — Sea salt, black pepper, Italian seasoning

How to Make Cucumber Tomato Salad

First, you mix the dressing ingredients in a small bowl. You can set this aside while you prepare the salad.

whisk dressing ingredients in small bowl.

Slice cucumbers into thin slices. Aim for about 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick. You can slice them into half moons if you like. Slice the tomatoes, and add them to a large bowl or serving bowl.

slice cucumber in thin slices.

Pour the dressing over the salad, and mix well. Cover, and pop the salad into the fridge until you’re ready to eat. Easy peasy!

pour dressing over salad ingredients.

Variations and Substitutions

If you don’t have lemons, you can use any white vinegar, red wine vinegar, white wine vinegar or even apple cider vinegar. You can also sub vegetable oil or for the olive oil.

Want to make the dressing even easier? Add a splash of your favorite Italian salad dressing in place of making your own. I have used regular Italian dressing or Olive Garden dressing with great results!

Since my kids don’t like raw onions in salad, I don’t use them in this side dish. You can throw in some chopped red onions if you like them. Add some feta cheese or mozzarella cheese for extra flavor!

tomato cucumber salad on a fork.

Storage

Store leftover cucumber salad in an airtight container or covered with plastic wrap in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. You can drain any excess liquid before serving if necessary.

Recipe Tip

I recommend tasting the salad before serving to see if it needs a little more salt or pepper. The flavors develop as the salad sits, so it’s best to check right before you eat.

Add some chopped parsley or fresh basil leaves or fresh dill for extra flavor.

Can you Make this Salad Ahead of Time?

You sure can! The flavors get even better as it sits, so making the salad up to a day in advance is fine. If you do make the salad ahead of time, add any fresh herbs or cheese right before serving. Otherwise, they get kind of soggy.

sliced cucumbers and grape tomatoes in a serving bowl with lemon slices
5 from 7 votes

Cucumber Tomato Salad

By: Dee
Cucumber Tomato Salad is an easy salad recipe made with crisp cucumbers and ripe tomatoes in a lemony dressing. The perfect side dish for a hot summer day!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 10

Ingredients  

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 English cucumbers thinly sliced
  • 10 ounces cherry tomatoes cut in half
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Instructions 

  • Whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt and black pepper together in a small bowl. Stir in the Italian seasoning, and taste to see if you prefer more salt or pepper
  • Add sliced cucumbers and tomatoes to a large serving bowl, and pour dressing over. Mix well
  • Add chopped parsley or basil, if desired. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Taste again before serving, and adjust seasoning, if necessary

Video

Notes

You can substitute white vinegar, red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar for the lemon juice and vegetable oil for the olive oil. Can also use your favorite Italian dressing in place of homemade. Add chopped red onion for extra flavor, if desired.
If using regular cucumbers, peel and seed them first.
Salad can be made up to 1 day ahead of time. Add fresh herbs before serving if making in advance.

Nutrition

Calories: 53kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 119mg, Potassium: 162mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 308IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 20mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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First published in 2020 and updated in 2024.

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11 Comments

  1. Noreen says:

    So easy and I made it from everything in my garden! Brought this to a potluck yesterday and what a hit! So special since it was all so fresh!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      So glad you liked the salad, Noreen!

  2. Caty says:

    Such a fresh, delicious summer side dish!

  3. Suzy says:

    This is the perfect way to use up some fresh vegetables! Love how simple it is to make!5 stars

  4. Jacque Hastert says:

    I can’t wait to use up my fresh summer veggies in this salad.5 stars

  5. Catalina says:

    I can’t resist to this salad. It reminds me of my childhood!5 stars

  6. Sandra says:

    This was a huge hit at my house!!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      SO happy to hear this! Thanks!

  7. Anna says:

    Love how refreshing this is on a hot day! The dressing is delicious!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Anna. Super glad you like the salad!

  8. Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert says:

    This Cucumber Tomato Salad couldn’t look any more perfect!5 stars