Cucumber and Tomato Salad Recipe

Look familiar? If you grew up in a Russian or Ukrainian family, chances are you’ll smile looking at this picture. You’ve probably eaten this Cucumber and Tomato Salad or the creamy cucumber and tomato salad that I posted 3 years ago.

Mom’s garden cucumbers and tomatoes are ripening faster than we can eat them and they taste so so good! This salad is easy and delicious. If you can get your hands on the sunflower oil , you should buy it. It will make this salad taste more like Mama’s.

Ingredients for Cucumber and Tomato Salad:

4-6 medium (2 lbs) tomatoes
4-5 small (1 lb) cucumbers, or 1 english cucumber)
1 small onion, thinly sliced (~1/4 lb)
2 Tbsp Sunflower or Extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp distilled white vinegar
1 tsp fine sea salt, or 3/4 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp Pepper to taste
2 Tbsp Green onion for garnish (optional)

Cucumber and Tomato Salad

How to make Ukrainian Cucumber and Tomato Salad:

1. Slice tomatoes and cucumbers and place them in a large bowl. Thinly slice onion and add them to the salad bowl.

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2. In a small ramekin, stir together 2 Tbsp sunflower oil, 1 Tbsp vinegar, 1 tsp fine sea salt and 1/4 tsp pepper.

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3. Just before serving, drizzle your salad with dressing and add more salt to taste if desired. Don’t add the dressing early or the tomatoes will be too juicy.

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This is so easy and tasty. It always brings back memories for me. What is the staple salad in your family?

Cucumber and Tomato Salad

5.0 from 7 reviews
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Skill Level: Easy
Cost To Make: Varies by season
Serving: 6

Ingredients

  • 4-6 medium (2 lbs) tomatoes
  • 4-5 small (1 lb) cucumbers, or 1 english cucumber)
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced (~1/4 lb)
  • 2 Tbsp Sunflower or Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt, or ¾ tsp table salt
  • ¼ tsp Pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp Green onion for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Slice tomatoes and cucumbers and place them in a large bowl. Thinly slice onion and add them to the salad bowl.
  2. In a small ramekin, stir together 2 Tbsp sunflower oil, 1 Tbsp vinegar, 1 tsp fine sea salt and ¼ tsp pepper.
  3. Just before serving, drizzle your salad with dressing and add more salt to taste if desired. Don't add the dressing early or the tomatoes will be too juicy.

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  • Ben
    June 18, 2016

    Greetings Natasha.
    First of all i have to say that i admire your website and value all you’ve done for society.
    I posted a Facebook status saying i feel that the cucumber is the first to blame when a vegetable salad goes bad.
    Later on i received a lot of angry comments about me being a “VegDummy” as they put it, saying the tomato is the real criminal in the vegetable salad and that its because of it the salad tastes terrible the next day.
    I searched the web and couldn’t find a helping hand. I figured a fruit and vegetable expert as yourself could put an end to the ongoing madness.
    Which of the two ruins the salad faster?
    Please don’t be politicly correct and say it is the lettuce. Just lay it on me as it is.
    Yours Truly,
    Ben. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 18, 2016

      Hi Ben, I don’t think one is worse than the other. I try to avoid adding salt to a salad that has cucumbers or tomatoes until just before serving. Surprisingly, with this salad, several of my readers liked it even better the next day (leftovers) – go figure! 🙂 I love both cucumbers and tomatoes so I can’t say anything bad about them. lol. I definitely would not store lettuce overnight though – that wilts after just a few hours in a salad. Reply

  • Kathleen
    February 19, 2016

    Thank you so much for posting this. I make this for us at least once a week. He loves it and always eats the entire salad in one sitting. Best way to throw together an easy serving of vegetables! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 19, 2016

      You’re very welcome! It sounds like you’ve discovered a favorite. It’s a favorite in our house too 🙂 Reply

  • Heather Thornton
    December 19, 2014

    Yes … seeing this recipe made me smile (my Mum’s parents were of Prussian descent and my Nanna used to make it- sometimes with cream). A variation I like is to use apple cider vinegar and Spanish (purple) onion, sometimes grating the cucumber and slicing the tomatoes too. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 19, 2014

      It’s amazing how food can unlock so many sweet memories :). Thanks so much for sharing your variations! 🙂 Reply

      • May 19, 2017

        quite good and your being experienced in it. Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          May 19, 2017

          I’m happy to hear that! Reply

  • December 1, 2014

    Oh how I miss Russia! Making this tonight!!! =) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 1, 2014

      I hope you LOVE it! 🙂 Reply

  • Moises
    October 31, 2014

    I love you Natasha! This was my all time favorite salad in Russia. Very simple to prepare, but if you don’t know you don’t know.

    Soon I’ll be a Russian Chef thanks to your site. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 31, 2014

      That’s so great! Thanks for your sweet comment :). I’m so glad you love the salad. Isn’t it easy – I can never resist this salad in a food line :). Reply

  • Bryon
    September 23, 2014

    This was perfect. I have tried many different recipes and this has been the closest one to a what I had in Ukraine. Thanks so much. Now I just need to get some sunflower oil and try that. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 23, 2014

      I”m so happy to hear that! Yes, definitely try the sunflower oil. It makes all Russian and Ukrainian salads taste more authentic 🙂 Reply

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