Whether you call this a cucumber salad or a tomato salad, one thing is for sure, always serve crusty bread with this Italian Tomato Cucumber Salad. Find out why…
In any recipe, the freshness of the ingredients has a major impact on the final product.
This is especially true when the recipe requires only a few key ingredients. Take for example this Basil Tomato Bruschetta or these Green Beans with Tomato -you can taste the difference when locally grown, in-season tomatoes are used.
That being said, you can still enjoy this fresh and easy salad recipe for the rest of the year by using vine tomatoes or cherry tomatoes. If possible, use high-quality olive oil and red wine vinegar to make the simple Italian vinaigrette.
Are you ready to make this refreshing salad with Italian dressing?
Go to the printable recipe card found at the bottom of the page for the specific amounts of each ingredient.
- Tomatoes. Garden fresh.
- Cucumbers. So crunchy and refreshing.
- Basil. Used extensively in Italian dishes.
- Oregano. An essential ingredient.
- Parsley. Optional.
- Red Wine Vinegar. If possible, use high-quality vinegar.
- Olive Oil. If available, use extra virgin olive oil.
- Salt and Pepper. To taste.
How to Make Cucumber and Tomato Salad:
Let’s begin by giving the cucumber and tomatoes a good rinse. Dry off the excess water with a clean tea towel.
For large cucumbers, cut into quarters (lengthwise) and slice into ¼ inch slices. For small to medium, cut in half (lengthwise) and slice into ¼ inch half-moons. Place in the mixing bowl.
Remove the core from the tomatoes, we need about 2 medium and cut into wedges. If they are large, cut into chunks. Place in the bowl with the chopped cucumber.
Next, let’s chop up the herbs. You need 2 teaspoons of fresh oregano and 2 tablespoons of fresh basil. Add to the bowl and combine gently together. As an option, you can also add one teaspoon of fresh chopped parsley.
To make the dressing simply whisk together 3 tablespoons of olive oil with 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar in a separate small bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle over the salad, toss gently together and adjust seasonings if necessary.
Serve immediately at room temperature.
Can I use Cherry tomatoes to make this Recipe?
Yes, you most definitely can. We would then refer to it as a cherry tomato-cucumber salad.
Should I remove the seeds from the cucumber?
Larger cucumber seeds tend to be more bitter. Taste a few to verify; if bitter, simply remove by scraping a spoon down the middle.
Can this recipe be made ahead of time?
Yes, make the salad and the vinaigrette up to one hour before serving it. Leave at room temperature. When ready to serve, simply combine and serve.
Can I still make this recipe in the winter?
Yes, it still makes a great side using cherry or vine tomatoes.
Tomato Salad Recipes we love:
Origin of the recipe for Italian Tomato Cucumber Salad:
Growing up Italian meant being exposed to a lot of backyard gardens, and today, I am lucky enough to have one myself.
Did you know that you can also grow tomatoes in containers? Fine Gardening has a great article on the subject here. So, even if you live in an apartment, or a condo, you can grow your tomatoes!
I think the garden was a way for my grandparents and parents to preserve their identity and their connection to the rural life they lived in Italy. I realize now that growing your fruits and vegetables provides a great sense of well-being.
So, if you’re familiar with my blog, you probably know that a lot of my “traditional” Italian recipes were inspired by my mom.
Every family and I mean every family, I know has some variation of this simple salad.
Some include thinly sliced onions or even grated garlic; different proportions and types of herbs; different varieties of cucumbers and tomatoes; sometimes you’d even find olives.
My mom liked to keep things simple and so the list of ingredients was short.
Remember, when you’ve finished eating the cucumbers and the tomatoes, you have to be quick to dunk a nice slice of pagnotta (this is a rustic peasant loaf of bread) in the tomato-oregano infused vinaigrette left at the bottom of the bowl.
I think my dad’s homemade red wine vinegar made this recipe taste extra special.
Whether you are making this Italian tomato salad from the vegetables you’ve grown in your garden, from your local farmer, or bought at your favorite grocery store, there’s no better time than the summer to enjoy this wonderful salad.
THANKS SO MUCH for following and being part of the She Loves Biscotti community where you will find Simple & Tasty Family-Friendly Recipes with an Italian Twist.
Ciao for now,
★★★★★ If you have made this cucumber tomato Italian dressing salad, I would love to hear about it in the comments below and be sure to rate the recipe!
Italian Tomato Cucumber Salad Recipe
- 2 tomatoes ripe, chopped in chunks
- 1 cucumber sliced with skin on
- 2 teaspoons oregano fresh, minced
- 3 tablespoons basil fresh, minced
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 3 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoons parsley optional, fresh, Italian flat leaf, minced
- Combine chopped tomatoes, cucumbers and minced fresh herbs in a large bowl. Toss gently together.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the olive oil and the red wine vinegar.
- Pour dressing, toss gently together and serve.
This post was originally published on August 23, 2015, and republished on September 11, 2019, with updated content and photos. Thanks for sharing.