Fresh Tomato Cucumber Salad garnished with red onion and fresh basil. One of our favorite fresh and healthy side dishes!

There’s almost nothing I love more than fresh garden tomatoes.  Come tomato season, you’ll find me snacking on all things tomato including Tomato Basil Mozzarella Toast, Tomato Avocado Melt, or a Buddha Bowl with extra tomatoes!

A bowl with chopped tomato, cucumber, onion and basil to make tomato cucumber salad.

My grandpa had an amazing garden when I was young and we were the happy recipients of TONS of garden vegetables throughout the summer. Fresh garden tomatoes and cucumbers are complete heaven!

For anyone that doesn’t like tomatoes (ahem…I’m talking to you, husband!), I’m convinced they haven’t been exposed to a fresh, juicy garden tomato. There are few things more delicious! My mom would make this salad all the time and the simple fresh flavors and crunch make my mouth water just thinking about it.

The ingredients needed for tomato cucumber salad.

How to Make Tomato Cucumber Salad:

  • Slice vegetables. Cut your cherry tomatoes in half (or large tomatoes into chunks) and cut your cucumbers into 1/4” coins and add them to a bowl.
  • Toss with dressing.  Drizzle olive oil and vinegar on top, toss the salad, and season it will red onion and basil.  It’s that easy!

Make Ahead Instructions:  This salad is easy and freshest when made right before serving, but you can prep it ahead of time if necessary.  Cut vegetables and store them separately in the refrigerator.  Toss with oil and vinegar when ready to serve.

Close up of tomato cucumber salad in a bowl.

Which type of Cucumbers are best:

When you are shopping at the grocery store, you may notice a few different types of cucumbers. “Regular” cucumbers have a thicker, more waxy skin and are always the cheapest option. English cucumbers are the long and skinny, wrapped in plastic, and tend to be more expensive. Mini Cucumbers (also known as Persian cucumbers) are similar to English cucumbers, just shorter “snack” size.

Any type of cucumber will work for this salad, but I prefer English cucumbers or mini cucumbers because the thinner skins and seeds taste better and are easier to eat without peeling.

To peel or not to peel? You do not have to peel a regular cucumber or an English cucumber, but you can if you wish (and you may want to if using regular cucumbers with thicker skin)!  I love to leave the skin on because it provides the greatest amount of fiber.

Add-In Ideas:

  • Cheese: Sprinkle feta cheese crumbles or add fresh mozzarella.
  • Chopped Avocado
  • Chopped almonds or seeds (almonds, pepitas, sesame seeds)
  • Craisins

Consider serving with:

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Tomato Cucumber Avocado Salad is the perfect easy and healthy side dish for your summer BBQ! |
Prep 10 minutes
Total 10 minutes
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  • Add cherry tomatoes and cucumbers to a bowl. 
  • Drizzle olive oil and vinegar on top. Season with salt and pepper.
  •  Toss everything to coat. Garnish with diced red onion and fresh basil.
  • Try these BBQ side dishes


Serving: 1cupCalories: 65kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 2gFat: 2gSodium: 10mgPotassium: 475mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 540IUVitamin C: 18.6mgCalcium: 45mgIron: 1mg

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I originally shared this recipe May 2017. Updated March 2020 with new photos and improved instructions.

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  1. Fabulous start, but needed some tweaking. Teaspoons of dressing is far too little, and if you put more oil than vinegar, you’ll get an oily salad. So, at least do equal proportions. I added fresh dill, parsley, and a tiny bit (three leaves) of fresh mint. In addition, I added more onion. Delicious!

  2. I’m going to make this salad today for the first time it sounds so good. I’m proud to say I grew my own tomato’s 🍅 this summer plus and this is a plus my neighbour’s cucumbers 🥒 grew through the fence this lol and she told me to help myself 😎soooo I did and that’s a Plus 😉

  3. 3 stars
    Tasted better the second day, but still kind of bland. I might try some little zest and a touch of sugar next time. Needed something…

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