Recipe for Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad
This recipe for cucumber tomato onion salad uses 3 fresh vegetables that are rich in healthy nutrients. And this recipe is so commonly known for its 3 vegetables that it goes by countless variations of names.
Cucumber Salad Onion Tomato
- 1 large cucumber about 8-inches
- 2 large tomatoes
- 1 medium purple onion or sweet onion
- ½ cup Italian dressing or Zesty Italian dressing or Balsamic dressing
- Although not normally done, you can optionally peel part or all of the cucumber.
- Using about ¼-inch thicknesses, slice the cucumber and put into salad bowl.
- Cut the ends off the tomatoes. Slice it to have about ½-inch thicknesses. Then, quarter each slice into 4 pieces each and add into salad bowl.
- Cut the ends off the onion and peel it. Slice it to have about ½-inch thicknesses. Then , separate each slice into individual rings, and put into salad bowl.
- Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients and toss to coat the pieces.
- Refrigerate to marinate for a few hours (or overnight), or serve immediately.
Different Names for this 3-vegetable salad
The salad name goes with 6 different orders of the ingredients. Here are some examples of names it’s called.
- salad of cucumber onion tomato
- cucumber tomato onion salad
- tomato cucumber red onion salad
- tomato onion and cucumber salad
- onion tomato cucumber salad
- onion cucumber tomato salad
Best Tomato Cucumber Onion Salad
This is the best tomato cucumber onion salad if it is made correctly. That is what we’ll cover next.
How to make cucumber tomato onion salad
In making this salad, its ingredients should be the standard 3 fresh vegetables of tomato, cucumber, and red onion. The ratio is supposed to be 1-to-1 on all 3 vegetables. Here’s how each vegetable is to be prepared.
The classic way is to slice an unpeeled cucumber about 1/8-inch thick, i.e., about 6 to 8 slices per inch of cucumber. The tomato is to be quartered or carved into 6 sections, instead of 4. The onion is to be sliced about 1/4-inch thick and then rings separated. The idea of quantity, regarding 1-to-1 ratio is about its overall prepared volume of each vegetable for how much space each takes. An example 2 servings salad would be about 1-1/2 inches of cucumber slices, one 6 sectioned large tomato, and 2 slices of onions, rings separated. And then the dressing is added and the salad tossed to coat the vegetables.
It’s dressing most commonly used is of a vinegar and oil base, such as Italian. We’ll now cover the dressings that are used in this classic salad.
Tomato cucumber onion salad Italian Dressing
The classic, common dressing for the cucumber tomato onion salad is Italian dressing. The next step up would be a Zesty Italian dressing. One next upper step would be a Balsamic dressing. You can make your own dressing, as well but this is the fastest method by using an already made Italian dressing.
Regarding flavor, it definitely tastes more flavorful if it’s allowed to marinate overnight or, for at least a couple of hours. This will salad will typically last up to 3 days in the fridge. You’ll want it sealed tightly however. We often will make extra and then, have it again a couple of evenings later.
An alternate, non-classical method is to cut the 3 vegetables to be bite-sized. In this manner, the cucumber is peeled, sliced, and then slices halved. The tomato is sliced and cut into bite-sized pieces. The red onion slices are cut into small pieces but not diced.
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Nutritional Values of Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad
Here’s a good article on the nutritional values and health benefits of the cucumber.
This salad of cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, and Italian dressing are all great for your diet because they’re low in calories and high in nutrients. This simple salad combines these four ingredients into a delicious side dish that’s perfect for any meal. Try it with any meal. It will be absolutely go with Italian meals as simple as spaghetti and a side of crusty Italian bread slices.