This easy Cucumber Salad recipe with onion, tomato, and tangy vinegar is a summertime classic. So simple, crisp, and utterly refreshing!
This easy cucumber salad recipe is a summertime staple. (Or for year-round enjoyment thanks to hothouse cucumbers!)
Simply toss a batch of this salad together, pour over the dressing, then store in the fridge to let flavors combine.
It is also a great take-along side dish for picnics, potlucks, and BBQs.
Ingredients for Cucumber Salad
For the salad portion you will need:
- Cucumber: Most often I use English cucumbers (also called hothouse) because they have more flavor and less seeds. But regular seedless garden cucumbers can work well too.
- Onion: I thinly slice red onion or white onion.
- Roma tomatoes: Be sure they are ripe and flavorful. Or you can use grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes for a richer, sweeter flavor.
To make the dressing, you will whisk together:
- White wine vinegar: Or substitute red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar. (Lemon juice could also work, although I have not tested this version.)
- Olive oil: This is optional and you can omit for an oil-free version if desired.
- Dried oregano: Or also include fresh herbs like dill, parsley, basil, etc.
- Salt: Use as much or as little to your taste, especially if you are watching your sodium intake. But this helps to enhance the flavors.
This cucumber salad is versatile and easy to customize based on the flavors and ingredients you enjoy. A few ideas include:
- Fresh herbs: Dill, parsley, or basil, etc. are great additions and enhance the freshness and flavor even more. (I highly recommend a tablespoon or two of fresh dill in addition to the dried oregano!)
- Garlic: One clove of minced garlic added to the dressing will provide a nice zing of garlic flavor. (Or lightly sauté it first to help mellow the raw garlic.)
- Spice it up: For a spicier version, simply add about 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more or less) or crushed red pepper flakes to taste.
- Sweeten it: Many classic cucumber salads will often include sugar to help sweeten and balance the flavors. So you can also stir in a touch of sugar or agave to the dressing if desired.
Again, be sure to find ripe, flavorful produce for this recipe because it can make all the difference. I would love to hear any variations you try!
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- 2 large English cucumbers (or seedless garden cucumbers)
- 1/2 small onion (red or white)
- 3 roma tomatoes (or grape/cherry tomatoes)
For the vinegar dressing:
- 3 Tbsp. white wine vinegar (or red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar)
- 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil (optional, omit for oil-free)
- 1 tsp. dried oregano (and/or fresh herbs*)
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- Optional: 1 tablespoon fresh dill
- Make the dressing: Add all dressing ingredients to a small bowl and whisk to combine.
- Thinly slice cucumbers (peeled if desired) and thinly slice onion. Dice tomatoes, removing excess juice. Place in a large mixing bowl.
- Pour dressing over salad. Toss to combine. Adjust flavors as desired (more vinegar, salt, herbs).
- Enjoy immediately or refrigerate in a sealed container for an hour to let flavors further combine.
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