Tomato, Cucumber Salad - Refreshing Summer Salad with Cilantro

My summer creation shown here with a light balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
My summer creation shown here with a light balsamic vinaigrette dressing. | Source

Refreshing Summer Salad Recipe Comes Alive with Cilantro!

Eating cool and refreshing foods during the dog days of summer can help to beat the heat. Recently, I came up with a simple salad that is refreshingly cool--perfect for the hot months of the year. Once you taste it, though, you will most likely want to incorporate this salad or some form of it into your meals all year long.

This salad in the summer months utilizes vegetables that are often coming out of gardeners' ears, so it's a good time to take advantage of the bounty.

I love the taste of fresh home-grown tomatoes in the summertime. Cucumbers--cool and crisp--also have a better flavor in the summertime. Adding fresh cilantro, whether grown yourself or purchased in the grocery store, adds a burst of flavor in this fresh summer salad.

You are in for a treat with this salad, especially if you are growing your own vegetables. If not, visit your local farmer's market, roadside vegetable stand, or beg from those who DO grow their own veggies. Tomatoes and cucumbers are plentiful during the gardening season. And cilantro, with its fragrant aroma and delectable flavor (one of my favorite spices) makes this salad come alive!

I love salads any time of the year, but it takes a while to put it all together when you include a lot of vegetables or additional items like eggs, bacon bits, croutons, or whatever else you can think of. One of the beauties of this salad is that very few items are included in it, and thus, besides being tasty and refreshing, it is also very quick to put together.


Ingredients for Refreshing Summer Salad

  • Romaine lettuce (or other kind), torn or chopped
  • cucumbers, chopped or sliced thinkly
  • tomatoes, chopped
  • cilantro, (plenty of it!), chopped
  • vinaigrette dressing, your favorite!

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Instructions for Tomato, Cucumber, Cilantro Salad

  1. Chop up desired amount of lettuce and cilantro. Mix together in large bowl or separate into individual serving bowls.
  2. Add chopped cucumbers. I leave the skins on if they are not too tough. Ever see those mini cucumbers? Their flavor is delightful. If you can find them, use them instead of regular sized cucumbers.
  3. If you have fresh garden tomatoes, these are delightful in this salad. If you don’t, buy cherry or grape tomatoes, and half them before adding to salad. I’ve found that grape tomatoes tend to keep their flavor pretty well year-round.
  4. Sprinkle on a vinaigrette dressing or try the following recipe I came up with to make your own homemade vinaigrette dressing. You can use another type of salad dressing, but a vinaigrette type adds to the refreshing feel of this cool salad.

Optional Salad Toppings

This salad is simple, quick, cold, and tasty with just a few ingredients. Sometimes I do add other toppings that are also good on the dish. If you’re in the mood for a more substantial salad, try adding other ingredients. I've found that the following do make for a tasty salad without overpowering the original ingredients of this simple cucumber and tomato salad.

Optional ingredients:

Red, yellow, or green bell pepper

Black or green olives

Bacon bits

Shredded cheese, any kind

Grated Parmesan cheese

Croutons


Tomato, cucumber, cilantro salad (values are approximate)

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup salad
Calories 27
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 6 g2%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 2 g4%
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

More nutritional information about Tomato, Cucumber, and Cilantro Salad

Minveral or Vitamin
mg
Sodium
10
Potassium
342
Vitamin A
28
Vitamin B-6
5
Vitamin E
3
Calcium
2
Copper
5
Folate
15
Iron
5
Magnesium
16
Niacin
4
Panthothenic Acid
4
Phosphorus
4
Riboflavin
5
Thiamin
6
Zinc
2
All values are approximate. This looks like a pretty healthy salad! Just add in calories and other nutritional of salad dressing you decide to add.

Great salad recipe!


If you enjoy this recipe in the hot summer months, you will also love it throughout the year. It is simply too good to pass up.

As far as adding the optional items, these are all excellent additions, but the original recipe I listed is delightful in its simplicity. It’s refreshing and perfect for summertime!

© 2011 Vicki L Hodges

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Comments 37 comments

will345davis 5 years ago

This looks delicious. I see myself going grocery shopping tomorrow. I must eat this. Your recipe doesn't seem hard to follow. I love how you put the personal tidbits about things you've tried, gives the hub a more personal touch.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks! I appreciate your comments. That's helpful. I like personal tidbits in articles, too. Makes it more real. The salad really does "pop" with flavor! And it's so quick to make! I'll look forward to reading some of your hubs as well.


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida

Hi Victoria Lynn,

What a wonderful salad? I must try it this week. It looks fabulous. It is perfect for this heat.

JT


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, JT! I really enjoy it in this heat!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

That does look good. I love cilantro, and it's an herb with some awesome medicinal / detoxing effects as well !

:=D


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Wesman. I love, it, too, and if it has medicinal effects, too--awesome!


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SangHue 5 years ago

You turned out to be a chef now instead of an English writer.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

haha. Thanks, SangHue. I've always liked to cook, and I love to create my own recipes, so you'll probably see more of them at some point!


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

This looks so good! I absolutely LOVE Balsamic vinegar and cilantro...love the bite! I will try this salad and dressing..


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Lucky Cats! And I'm going to check out your hubs since you are named Lucky Cats! Love cats!


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Ah, Lucky Cats, then you will really enjoy this recipe! thanks!


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

Cilantro! I really should use that more. Lovely Hub!


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Simone. I appreciate your comment. Cilantro has such a great flavor in so many dishes. And it smells great!


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chanroth 5 years ago from California, USA

ahhh....look so delicious! I want to bite through my computer. LOL. I'll make some tomorrow! :) Thanks!


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Haha! Funny, chanroth! I don't think you'll be disappointed. It's quick and tasty, especially if you like cilantro!


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dan-1 5 years ago from Tampa, FL

The thing that makes this a good dish is the siplicity of it. Just a few things. Not too much going on that it becomes overwhelming to the taste.

I grow some of my own veggies, much better that way! Cilantro adds a kind of freshness to salads and also to salsa's.

Have you ever tried rice vinegar? It has a nice mild flavor so it goes great with cool summer salads.

I know I'll be enjoying a salad soon. Thanks!


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Yes dan-1, that's what I love about it, too. It's simple. I love veggies, but sometimes making a salad with everything--broccoli, cauliflower, etc--cutting and chopping is tedious. When I want a quick, tasty salad, this recipe is so satisfying. I don't think I've had rice vinegar. Do you put it on plain or with oil? I'll have to try it. Enjoyed your comment!


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happypuppy 5 years ago

I will have to try out your recipe. It looks delicious! Salads are good for the summertime. I look forward to reading more of your hubs.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, happypuppy! This salad is so refreshing in hot weather. Thanks for reading. I love your name--happypuppy! I'll have to check out some of your hubs, too!


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

A lovely, lovely salad and vinaigrette! Thanks for sharing--voted up and bookmarked.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks for stopping by, RTalloni! Hope you enjoy it!


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glassvisage 5 years ago from Northern California

Cilantro is one of my favorites - I like to use it for all kinds of dishes because it really gives foods a very fresh and light taste. Thasks for the recipe!


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I feel the same way about cilantro. I even love the smell of it when I walk into a room! Thanks for stopping by!


ryan 5 years ago

i like that food


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Awesome, ryan! It's a great combination of flavors, trust me! Thanks!


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LivingFood 5 years ago

Your salad looks delicious! Thank you! :)


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks for reading, LivingFood. Your name intrigues me, as I love food. I may have to check out some of your stuff!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Victoria, romaine lettuce is my favourite, I have never tried Cilantro - am I the only one?!!

I'm getting some tomorrow...

Sounds as though I have been missing out!

Many thanks and best wishes MM


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Oh, my gosh, MM, you've got to get some CILANTRO! I first discovered it years ago in salsa. It's great in any kind of Mexican dish. Try it. Hope you love it as much as I do. What a flavor!


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

AWesome! Adding a sliced/diced purple onion also adds to the intoxicating taste. Thank you for sharing.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Oh, yeah, AA, purple onion is a nice touch. Sounds good!


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Megh Brandel 4 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

its very interesting to see this recipe. This is a very common salad recipe in our country and I guess the only salad recipe that is eaten almost daily, specially during lunch. I guess, we being a tropical country has made this recipe so popular. however, we mainly use fresh lime and green chilli instead of vinaigrette dressing. I sometimes mix a couple of tsps of olive oil in the dressing. :) Great writing by the way.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Megh--I think that fresh lime, green chili, and olive oil would be a great dressing. I'm glad you appreciated the recipe and my writing. :-)


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las81071 3 years ago

Sounds good always love a good salad


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

las81071--I love salad, too. I look forward to having this one this summer!


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Cool cucumbers and summer just go together. Wonderful recipe. Thanks, Victoria.


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Oh yeah, Phyllis! I love it in summer time. So fresh!

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