This cucumber tomato salad is full of fresh sliced cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, red onion and green peppers, all tossed in an herb dressing. The perfect light and refreshing side dish for any summer meal!

Cucumber salad is a mainstay of summer parties. It’s inexpensive, easy to make and so refreshing on a hot day. My version is a mixture of cucumber, tomato, red onion and green bell pepper for an amazing combination of flavors and textures.

A bowl of cucumber tomato salad garnished with fresh herbs.

I am in love with summer salads like this cucumber tomato salad. Not only are they easy to make, but they’re just so fresh, and you can eat a lot of salad without feeling weighed down! I especially love when there’s a summer get together and I get to make more than one delicious chilled salad like this one.

Cucumber Salad Ingredients

Ingredients in bowls including cucumber, tomato, herbs and seasonings.

The vegetables in this salad include cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, assorted fresh herbs and red onions. A simple dressing is made with olive oil, red wine vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper and dried oregano.

HOW DO YOU MAKE CUCUMBER TOMATO SALAD?

Start by slicing your fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers and red onions and place them in a bowl. In a separate bowl, add the ingredients for your tasty herb dressing and mix well. Pour the dressing over the top of your vegetables, toss to mix, and you have a perfectly light salad that goes with any summer meal!

Step by step process shots showing how to make tomato cucumber salad.

Tips for the perfect dish

  • Any type of cucumber is fine for this tomato salad as long as you remove the seeds before slicing. I’ve made this salad with standard waxed cucumbers, English cucumbers and little Persian cucumbers and it comes out great every time. If you’re using the waxy type of cucumber, you may want to peel them first.
  • Red, yellow, or orange bell peppers work just as well as green bell peppers and add a great burst of color. I like to use cherry tomatoes, but diced ripe tomatoes are also a good choice.
  • This salad stays fresh in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Store it in an airtight container until you’re ready to eat.
A spoon serving up a portion of cucumber and tomato salad.

Recipe FAQs

Are cucumbers healthy?

Cucumbers are full of vitamins and nutrients, and are low calorie, low sodium and low in carbohydrates. This veggie contains Vitamin C, Vitamin K, magnesium, potassium and manganese. Cucumbers are primarily made out of water, which means that consuming cucumbers will help you stay hydrated.

What goes with cucumber salad?

I prefer to serve this cucumber tomato as a side dish to proteins such as grilled chicken, steak or fish. The salad also pairs well alongside pizza, pasta or with Greek inspired dishes.

What does a cucumber salad contain?

The basic ingredients for cucumber salad include cucumbers, onion, herbs and dressing. This cucumber tomato salad goes a step further with cherry tomatoes and bell peppers.

Cucumber tomato salad served with grilled chicken and rice.

Cucumber Tomato Salad Flavor Variations

This salad is great as-is, but you can absolutely add other ingredients to customize it to your tastes.

  • Greek: Add 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese and 1/4 cup sliced kalamata olives.
  • Mexican: Stir in a diced avocado, 3/4 cup corn kernels and 1 cup black beans. Swap out the parsley for cilantro.
  • Italian: Add 1/2 cup small mozzarella balls along with 1/4 cup diced marinated artichoke hearts. You can also add diced salami and white beans.
  • Pasta: Turn this into a pasta salad by adding 3 cups of cooked pasta such as penne or farfalle. Be sure to double the dressing amount if you’re going this route.

I make this salad all summer long. It uses simple ingredients that I always have on hand, and pairs perfectly with salmon, roasted chicken and steak for a healthy and hearty meal.

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Cucumber Tomato Salad

AuthorSara Welch
A bowl of cucumber tomato salad garnished with fresh herbs.
This cucumber tomato salad is full of fresh sliced cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, red onion and green peppers, all tossed in an herb dressing. The perfect light and refreshing side dish for any summer meal!
Time
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 minute
Total Time11 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Serves 6

Ingredients 

  • 3 cups sliced cucumbers
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/4 cup red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper cored, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped herbs such as parsley, dill, chives or green onion
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

Instructions 

  • Place the cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, red onion, bell pepper and herbs in a large bowl.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper and oregano.
  • Pour the dressing over the vegetables. Toss gently to coat. Serve.

Notes

  1. Red, yellow or orange bell peppers work just as well as green bell peppers and add a great burst of color. 
  2. This salad stays fresh in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Store it in an airtight container until you’re ready to eat.
  3. You can use any type of cucumbers you like, but I recommend peeling standard waxy cucumbers and removing the seeds.

Nutrition

Calories: 107kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 365IU | Vitamin C: 29.9mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.6mg

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  1. I have made this salad so many different ways one of my favorites is to use hot pickled banana peppers or pepperoncinis yum yum I also love it with mozzarella pearls

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve never made this the same way twice – doesn’t matter – that herb dressing makes anything delicious!!!

  3. 5 stars
    I used fresh basil, oregano, parsley, thyme and marjoram from my garden for the herbs, came out great! Thank you!

  4. 5 stars
    Why do you recommend coring or removing seeds of cucumbers. I’ve had various cucumber salads without removing and they seemed fine. Is there some health concern with the seeds? Thanks!

    1. There’s no health concern, it’s just that cucumber seeds can sometimes be bitter, and they also contain a lot of liquid which will make the salad more watered down.

  5. Mmm….perfect summer side dish! Can’t wait for all these ingredients to start coming from my garden so I can throw this tasty salad together!

  6. It looks amazing! I love salads in the summer because they’re light but also quite filling! This is something that I don’t mind making.

  7. 5 stars
    Looks like the perfect side or fish and poultry. I am adding this to our menu plan for next week. I am planning on making parmesan crusted salmon on Monday, and of course this cucumber tomato salad too.

  8. I love summer salads too! this one looks so beautiful, nice touch adding the green bell peppers, and that herb dressing…oh yeah!!

  9. 5 stars
    Wow. So easy to make and perfect for the hot summer days. I would love to have this as a side when we grill our favorite meats and seafood.

  10. Yum! I love a good summer salad. I am going to print off this recipe right now to use with my garden fresh veggies

  11. Two of my favorite foods to put in a salad. Now I’m craving this salad. It looks so delicious!!

  12. 5 stars
    I love summer salads and this one looks so delicious and easy to make. I think I can even have my nine year old daughter make it.

  13. 5 stars
    That sounds so good! This is the perfect light salad for a hot Georgia day. I have to give this a try!