Tomato Cucumber Salad Recipe Ideas
Tomato Cucumber Salad: adaptable side dish for many great dinner recipe ideas
A tomato-cucumber salad is something that is an adaptable side dish to go with most any meal and is made from healthy foods. It is a salad that most everyone can enjoy without worrying about calories, most allergies and is just very refreshing.
This is especially true in the summer when I want something quick and easy to make that doesn't require a lot of heat to prepare it.
A Tomato Cucumber Salad takes 5 minutes to prepare, requires no cooking, is very tasty, and can be adapted to expand it as a side dish, or even make it a meal in itself.
It is an easy salad recipe which you can add protein to if you wish, can be totally Vegan and is also a good choice for diabetics.
Gather your Ingredients Together
You'll want to have fresh cucumbers that are juicy and crisp, preferably organic or at least locally grown.
That way you can get all the nutritional benefits of the whole cucumber with no waxed peels to remove.
Get some nice, ripe tomatoes.
I prefer to use small tomatoes such as cherry, cupid, grape, cherubs or other favorites.
They don't have to be red. You can add a variety of colors...whatever is available at the time.
Garlic and Onions
Onions and garlic add to the flavors. Sweet onions are probably better all though not absolute.
I prefer a red onion but that is totally individual. It is your salad. Make it to your taste.
If you have fresh garlic available that is fine.
I don't always have fresh garlic, so I keep a McCormick Garlic Sea Salt Grinder handy.
I use it just about every meal and really like it.
Olive Oil and Vinegar
Red wine vinegar and olive oil round out the taste.
You could use other vinegars and oils, but these are the ones I enjoy the most.
To cut the sharpness of the vinegar, I add a little pure stevia extract powder to the salad.
You can do the same thing with a little refined sugar, but I just try to avoid that as much as possible.
The stevia extract comes with a very small scoop which is equal to one serving. You can also get stevia in a form similar to reqular sugar such as the Truvia and Stevia in the Raw brands.
Tomato Cucumber Salad
This salad is a wonderful side dish to add to your dinner recipe ideas. It is actually good for any meal and has lots of room for other ingredients you enjoy, so you can serve it several times a week with all different flavors.
The original recipe keeps about 3 days in the refrigerator and actually tastes better as the ingredients blend together.
- Prep time: 5 min
- Cook time: 2 min
- Ready in: 7 min
- Yields: 2 to 4 people
- 2 cups diced cucumbers
- 1 cup small tomatoes
- 1/4 cup chopped onions
- 4 Tbs red wine vinegar
- 2 Tbs olive oil
- 1 serving of pure stevia extract or sweetener of your choice
- 1 Tbs Garlic Sea Salt Grinder or to taste
- 1. Dice the cucumber into about 1/2 inch squares
- 2. Cut the tomatoes in half or thirds depending on size of the tomato
- 3. Chop onions
- 4. Mix the vegetables together.
- 5. Add the vinegar, olive oil, stevia and garlic
- 6. Put the cover on the container and shake until all the ingredients are mixed.
- 7. Refrigerate in between usage.
Here's a few pictures to help put it together? - Click on each one for a closer look.Click thumbnail to view full-size
What else can you add?
Now that you have the basic recipe, what else can you do with it to make another side dish? Here's some of the foods I have added to change the basic recipe to something new.
- Hard boiled eggs
- Slivered almonds
- Grated Parmesan cheese
- Chunks of cheddar cheese or other choices
- Diced red peppers
- Raisins or Craisins
- Apples, pineapple, pears or other fruits
- Flax and/or chia seeds
- Spoon it over a bed of fresh lettuce or spinach
Add Your Own Variety
I'm sure there are a lot of other things you could use besides what I have listed. In the Comments area below, tell me how you would adapt this to add variety.
Feel free to also make other comments if you wish.