Classic and Easy Summer Salad with Tomatoes and Cucumbers

If you’re looking for a ridiculously easy-to-make salad that delivers fresh flavors, this recipe is it. With balanced flavors and vibrant colors, this salad is a summer favorite.

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Sometimes I crave a dish that requires one too many ingredients (read: 5 more than I have on hand). Do you know how difficult it is to crave something and not be able to satisfy those cravings? Oh, it’s hard. Especially when you’re craving something cool and fresh during those hot summer days. Something that’s healthy but also delicious. Perhaps the perfect mid-afternoon snack while the sun is beating down relentlessly.

Que the birth of this easy summer salad.

A bit too dramatic? Perhaps. But I’m so glad I came up with a recipe that’s easy to make and calls for ingredients that I almost always have on hand. 

Juicy cherry tomatoes. English cucumbers. Zesty red onions. Earthy dill. Smooth olive oil. And a dash of salt.

That’s all you need. Yup, you read that right. No fancy ingredients. Simple, humble ingredients that make for an impactful dish. It’s as light as the summer breeze while adding lots of nutrition.

You can devour a bowl as is, or pair it with your favorite meal. These veggies would go great with a baked chicken or grilled steak dish. 

It’s wonderful to have an easy salad recipe that comes together in less than 5 minutes! This is definitely one of them!

What do I need to make this recipe?

  • 1 big cucumber (or a few small ones)
  • 5 medium tomatoes (any kind, or many small tomatoes)
  • 1/2 red onion
  • olive oil
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper (optional)
  • 1 handful of fresh dill (optional)

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Directions for this great Summer Salad: 

  • Cut 5 tomatoes into small pieces and place into a bowl.

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  • Chop 1/2 red onion and add to the tomatoes.

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  • Cut the cucumber into small slices and place into the bowl with tomatoes and onion.

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  • I like to also add a handful of chopped fresh dill and add to the bowl with the rest of the cut vegetables. (this step is optional, and you could add cilantro or parsley instead.) 
  • When you are ready to eat the salad, combine it with 3-4 Tablespoons of olive oil.
  • Add salt to taste.
  • You could also add a pinch of ground black pepper, but that depends on your personal taste.
  • This classic summer salad is ready to enjoy!

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Classic Summer Salad

Classic Summer Salad

The classic summer salad can be enjoyed all summer long, as soon as the tomatoes and cucumbers ripen in your garden.
Total Time 10 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Russian
Servings 8
Calories 17 kcal

Equipment

  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • salad bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 1 big cucumber chopped
  • 5 medium tomatoes chopped
  • ½ red onion chopped
  • olive oil to taste
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper optional
  • 1 handful fresh dill optional

Instructions
 

  • Cut 5 tomatoes into small pieces and place into a bowl.
  • Chop 1/2 red onion and add to the tomatoes.
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  • Cut cucumber into small slices and place into the bowl with tomatoes and onion.
  • I like to also add a handful of chopped fresh dill and add to bowl with the rest of cut vegetables. (this step is optional, and you could add cilantro or parsley instead.)
  • When you are ready to eat the salad, combine it with 3-4 Tablespoons of olive oil.
  • Add salt to taste and pepper (optional)
  • This classic summer salad is ready to enjoy!
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Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Classic Summer Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 17 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 4mg0%
Potassium 192mg5%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 650IU13%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword cucumber, dill, low calorie, olive oil, parsley, red onion, russian salad, salad, salad dressing, side dish, summer salad, tomato, vegan, vegetable, Vegetarian
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