This easy Italian cucumber and tomato salad is refreshing and crunchy! A delicious red wine vinaigrette makes this light and tangy. I grew up eating this and thankfully for me, my family loves it as much as I do.
There is nothing quite as good as a nice ripe tomato, except when you pair it with a crisp cucumber and dress it with a red wine vinaigrette. This salad brings me back to the days when my father and grandfather had their backyard gardens and tomatoes and cucumbers were always fresh and plentiful. We ate tomato and cucumber salads all summer long. My mom used the vegetables, basil and oregano from the garden and the red wine vinegar from the wine that they made in the basement of our house. The dressing that resulted from this combination was so good that we sopped it up with big chunks of my mother’s homemade bread! Sooo good!
I have to share one specific story about tomatoes and cucumbers that John and I laugh about every time I make this. When we got married we moved into our very first house. It was an adorable cape cod with a nice back yard, but no garden. My father and my grandfather took notice of that and felt compelled to rectify the situation. So one day while I was at work and John was still home mind you, they came over, went into the backyard, dug up a garden, planted a bunch of tomatoes and cucumbers and left without ever saying a word! John had no idea they were ever there! Imagine our surprise when we found out that we had a vegetable garden! That summer we had the harvest of a lifetime! We could not eat the tomatoes and cucumbers fast enough.
How to make cucumber and tomato salad
This really is the easiest salad you will ever make. All of the ingredients go into a salad bowl and get tossed together. There is no need to mix the dressing separately. Make any adjustments to suit your taste. I like the dressing a little tangier, so I add a few more splashes of red wine vinegar. I highly recommend having a loaf of bread to dip into the dressing at the bottom of the bowl. It is really the best thing you will ever eat!
Here are some recipes that you might like to serve with the salad:
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Cucumber and Tomato Salad
- 2 cups Tomatoes Cut into 8ths
- 2 cups Cucumbers Cut in bite size pieces
- ¼ Onion Sliced thin, red or white onions are fine
- 1 clove Garlic Minced
- ⅛ tsp. Black Pepper ground
- ½ tsp. Salt Kosher
- ¼ tsp. Oregano Dried, if using fresh use ½ tsp.
- 1 tbsp. Basil Fresh, sliced into ribbons or torn
- 3 tbsp. Olive oil Extra Virgin
- 3 tbsp. Red wine vinegar
- Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and toss well. You may want to add additional salt or pepper to your taste. I also add an additional splash of red wine vinegar because I like the tang, but others like it a little less potent. Enjoy!