Creamy Cucumber and Tomato Salad

This CLASSIC creamy cucumber and tomato salad is so simple to make and is our go-to summer salad. An easy, excellent cucumber tomato salad. KEEPER! | natashaskitchen.com

I was given charge over babysitting all 30-something tomato plants this spring while my parents were on a two-week vacation. I didn’t realize how important the tomatoes were until I almost killed the lot of them. Ok, it wasn’t me, it was a very gusty wind!

The tomato plants (along with the cucumbers, melons and peppers) were brought to my house in a portable greenhouse. I noticed that the wind was picking up so I set David down to play with some toys and went outside to pull the greenhouse into the garage.

You can imagine my horror when I saw that the whole greenhouse had tipped over, all of the plants had come out of their pots and were scattered across the lawn. The entire families organic vegetable crops ruined!! I frantically tried to rescue the tomatoes, but realized I couldn’t do it myself, not with David in the house by himself; who knows what kind of wails he would be producing. (Good thing he was not yet mobile!) Anyway, I called my sisters to come help.

We replanted them best we could; they looked rather limp. I even prayed over the tomatoes that night (God cares about our tomatoes too). Long story short, all but two of the tomato plants survived. Funny though, the cucumbers and melons looked the same, so when they got planted in the garden, there were some cucumbers springing up with the melons.

Now that the tomatoes and cucumbers are finally ripe, its time to enjoy the fruit of our labor, ok mostly moms labor. This is a Ukrainian cucumber and tomato salad (Салат с огурцами и помидорами). It’s so simple to make, its ridiculous! My mom makes it all the time and so do I. The dressing is just sour cream, mayo and pressed garlic but it’s simply delicious. It takes just a few minutes to prepare and pairs really well with mashed potatoes. Great for lunch on the fly.

Ingredients for Creamy Cucumber and Tomato Salad:

3 medium tomatoes, cut into 1″ pieces
2 medium cucumbers, cut in half and sliced
1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 large garlic clove, pressed (2 cloves if you love garlic!)
3 Tbsp mayo
2 Tbsp sour cream
1/8 tsp pepper
Salt to taste

This CLASSIC creamy cucumber and tomato salad is so simple to make and is our go-to summer salad. An easy, excellent cucumber tomato salad. KEEPER! | natashaskitchen.com

How to Make Cucumber and Tomato Salad:

1. Combine 3 medium tomatoes, cut into 1″ pieces, 2 medium cucumbers, cut in half and sliced, 1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced and 1 large garlic clove, pressed in a medium bowl.

This CLASSIC creamy cucumber and tomato salad is so simple to make and is our go-to summer salad. An easy, excellent cucumber tomato salad. KEEPER! | natashaskitchen.com

2. In a small bowl, combine mayo, sour cream, garlic and pepper. Mix well.

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3. Mix the dressing into the vegetables. Add salt to taste just before serving.

This CLASSIC creamy cucumber and tomato salad is so simple to make and is our go-to summer salad. An easy, excellent cucumber tomato salad. KEEPER! | natashaskitchen.com

Creamy Cucumber and Tomato Salad

4.77 from 21 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
This CLASSIC creamy cucumber and tomato salad is so simple to make and is our go-to summer salad. An easy, excellent cucumber tomato salad. KEEPER! | natashaskitchen.com
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $4
Servings: 4 -6

Ingredients

  • 3 medium tomatoes
  • 2 medium cucumbers
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 3 Tbsp mayo
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Cut 3 tomatoes into 1" pieces, cut 2 cucumbers in half and slice and thinly slice 1/2 of the onion. Combine all of the prepared vegetables in a medium bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, combine 3 Tbsp of mayo, 2 Tbsp of sour cream, 1 pressed garlic clove and pepper. Mix well.
  3. Mix the dressing into the vegetables. Add salt to taste just before serving.

 

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This CLASSIC creamy cucumber and tomato salad is so simple to make and is our go-to summer salad. An easy, excellent cucumber tomato salad. KEEPER! | natashaskitchen.com

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  • Dennis
    September 4, 2018

    How many servings per recipe? Reply

    • Natasha
      September 4, 2018

      Hi Dennis, the serving sizes are listed on all of the recipe cards which are located towards the bottom of the post 🙂 Reply

  • Sally Marvin
    March 31, 2018

    Yummy and so fresh! I added feta cheese and mint. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 31, 2018

      I’m glad you enjoy the recipe Sally! Those additions sound delicious, I’ll have to try that. Thanks for sharing! Reply

  • Tracy
    March 23, 2018

    Can’t this be made a day ahead of time? Just wondering if it would get watery. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 24, 2018

      Hi Tracy, this one is really best right after it is mixed. Once salt touches the cucumber and tomato, they start to soften and get juicy, which makes this not ideal for a make-ahead recipe. Reply

  • Sally
    March 20, 2018

    Make one similar to this…..I never added mayo but I’m going to next time and being Ukrainian……we must add dill…..for sure. I would probably add more garlic….my family loves garlic! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 21, 2018

      I hope you like the recipe Sally, please let me know what you think! Reply

  • Marina Landman
    February 17, 2018

    This is what my mom made since I was little. We are Russian. Now we use only vegenaise as a dressing. The salad is always eaten in one day, lol. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 19, 2018

      I’m glad to hear how much you enjoy the recipe Marina! Thanks for sharing! 🙂 Reply

  • Judith McCarthy
    January 28, 2018

    Natasha,
    thank you for the recipes that my beloved Polish grandmother baked and cooked. She used to make this salad all summer long and taught my mother (who was an awesome cook too) how to make. You’re wonderful! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 28, 2018

      My pleasure Judith! I’m glad to hear the recipes bring back fond memories! 🙂 Reply

  • This is a new favorite side for me and my hubby. Thank you so much for sharing such a tasty recipe!!! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 5, 2017

      You’re welcome! I’m glad you both love the recipe! Reply

  • Pat Lagace
    September 5, 2017

    Five Stars!!! Sometimes the simplest recipes are the absolute best! This salad is so delicious and takes only 5-10 minutes to make, including the dressing. Don’t eat it if unless you are staying home for the evening … the garlic is pretty strong. After my initial try, I used less onion the second time around. It is absolutely delicious. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 5, 2017

      I’m glad you enjoy the recipe Pat! Thanks so much for sharing your fantastic review! 🙂 Reply

  • Caryn
    August 25, 2017

    I added dill and feta, love it! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 25, 2017

      Yum, that sounds great Caryn! Thanks for sharing your review! Reply

  • Rick Benson
    August 24, 2017

    Really easy to put together and absolutely delicious! Nice variation on the old oil & vinegar dressing! Love it! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 24, 2017

      I’m so glad to hear that Rick! Thanks for sharing your fantastic review! 🙂 Reply

  • August 13, 2017

    How long do you think this would keep in the fridge after it’s all put together? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 14, 2017

      Hi Doniree, this one is really best right after it is mixed. Once salt touches the cucumber and tomato, they start to soften and get juicy, which makes this not ideal for a make-ahead recipe. Reply

  • Sue
    August 5, 2017

    Very tasty and easy to make! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 6, 2017

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe! Reply

  • Rk
    August 3, 2017

    Fresh pressed garlic makes the salad. My husband told me to make sure I make this again. More please! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 4, 2017

      I’m glad you both enjoy the recipe! Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Pixie B
    July 28, 2017

    Oooo I’ve made this alot but without the sour cream! I’ll have to try that next time! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 28, 2017

      It’s so good! Please let me know what you think! Reply

  • Natalie
    July 6, 2017

    All of the best ingredients in this salad. This has become our go-to for summer and my kids love the creamy dressing. Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 6, 2017

      I’m so glad to hear that!! Thank you for the amazing review! 🙂 Reply

  • July 3, 2017

    Made it tonight. Left out garlic added dill. Very tasty can’t wait to try again tomorrow after it sits over night Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 5, 2017

      I’m glad you enjoy the recipe Robin! Thanks for sharing 😀 Reply

  • Raven
    April 25, 2017

    This salad is amazing! I used this recipe as a base, but than I added a few things. Orange peppers, tons of dill, lemon, and a tiny bit of sugar, with some grated cheese on the top. I could eat the whole thing to myself. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 26, 2017

      Oh my goodness that sounds amazing!! What kind of cheese did you use? Reply

  • sana
    April 21, 2017

    this is a typic polish salad. specialy on early summer,when vegetables are sweet and yummy. Reply

  • vera bentley
    April 1, 2017

    i had everything in the fridge so thought id give it a go – taste so much like 1 of the salads mum would do, on special occasions. we just had garden salads during our dinner. found some ‘caper & dill mayo’ after id used the plain stuff so i added that too. so far ive eliminated the salt completely but by tonite i may add it. so yummy & brings back great memories! thanx natasha 🙂 Reply

    • vera bentley
      April 1, 2017

      oops – i forgot to say – i had 1 lonely purple onion so i sliced it & used that too! Reply

      • Natasha's Kitchen
        April 2, 2017

        Perfecto! 😀 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 2, 2017

      You’re welcome Vera! I’m happy to hear how much you enjoy the recipe! Thanks for sharing <3 Reply

  • Frank Mosher
    September 15, 2016

    Darn Good!!! Haven’t eaten a cucumber in 45 years, except for Gerkin pickles. Because they make me burp. LOL. This was excellent, and no burps yet, whoops, just starting. Doesn’t matter, great recipe! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 15, 2016

      Ha ha! Mid-comment, eh? 🙂 That’s pretty funny! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Reply

  • September 12, 2016

    Made it as a side dish to a periperi grilled chicken I made on sunday. Great stuff. I skipped the mayo and mixed in some tahini. Make sure to toss just before service or it will turn runny. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 12, 2016

      Tom, thank you for sharing your modifications with us, I’m glad you liked it. Reply

  • September 2, 2016

    Happy Friday! Just letting you know I am featuring this recipe today for Low-Carb Recipe Love on Fridays! I hope a lot of my readers will come and check it out, looks amazing! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 2, 2016

      Kalyn, thank you so much for sharing this salad on your blog 😀. Reply

  • Sarah Beth
    August 17, 2016

    Will a white onion work ok for this recipe? What kind did you use? I’d love to try this tonight. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 17, 2016

      Sarah, I used a yellow onion but white onion will work great too. Let me know how it turns out 😄. Reply

  • Fatima
    August 11, 2016

    Hey Natasha ,
    I can’t find sour cream what should I use? Can I use heavy cream ? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 11, 2016

      Hi Fatima, Do grocery stores in your area not carry it? You could also try plain Greek yogurt. Reply

      • Fatima
        August 12, 2016

        Nope they don’t carry it , okay I’ll try looking for Greek yogurt . Thanks Reply

    • August 24, 2016

      you can use only mayo my kids liked it that way.Diane Reply

  • Katrina Peebles
    July 31, 2016

    Very refreshing on a hot summer day in Texas and a great use of my fresh tomatoes, cucumber and onion from the garden! Thanks for sharing! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 31, 2016

      You’re so welcome 🙂 Reply

  • Wendy Morgan
    July 23, 2016

    I get a bit annoyed when people change a recipe they are commenting on. I made this exactly how you presented this recipe and I have to tell you this was an absolute hit! A twist of the old boring and in with the new. Thank you for sharing this recipe Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 23, 2016

      Wendy, thank you so much for your awesome review! I really appreciate it 🙂 Reply

    • Teri Townshend
      August 30, 2016

      Please do not get annoyed when people make changes. I cut up some black olives and grated some fresh cheddar cheese and added them. I know it would have been good without them but I know what my husband and I like. Did not ruin, only enhanced. Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        August 30, 2016

        I’ve never tried those add-ins but I’m excited to give it a whirl! thanks for sharing 🙂 Reply

  • Karen Jones
    July 21, 2016

    Absolutely love the cucumber salad thanks!
    Also we go to a Ukranian Catholic Church, so i will make for them-

    Glory be to Jesus Christ! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 21, 2016

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I hope your church members love it too 🙂 Reply

  • Ira
    July 16, 2016

    Wow, thank you for this, Natasha! This post took me back in time – my mom used to make this salad for us too. And we did love it with mashed potatoes! I’ll need to make it again soon, so many fond memories. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 16, 2016

      Ira, I’m so happy to hear that this recipe brings back some great memories from the childhood 😀. This recipe never gets old, especially when made with home grown vegetables. Reply

  • Phillip Ferrell
    July 12, 2016

    This salad looks absolutely delicious. Got it copied and pasted in my saved files, and I’m gonna throw one together tomorrow night.. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 13, 2016

      I hope you love it! 🙂 Reply

      • Phillip Ferrell
        July 13, 2016

        I’m sure I will. Everybody keeps saying that it compliments mashed potatoes real well, so, I believe I’ll do the mashed potato thing too. Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          July 14, 2016

          Yes definitely the mashed potatoes! 😉 Reply

  • Z-S
    June 14, 2016

    This is one of my favorite salad.
    One thing that I am not adding to that salad is mayo. I only making this salad with sour cream. OH and I love to eat this salad with mashed potato… Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 14, 2016

      We grew up eating this salad with mashed potatoes, a great combination 😀. Reply

      • Z-S
        June 23, 2016

        I guess it is Ukrainian style eating this salad with mashed potato. Reply

    • Inna
      July 13, 2016

      You are right. Mayo is no-no. I did grow up in Odessa. The recipe is:
      Tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, sour cream and salt. That is it !!!
      Have a great day!
      Inna Reply

  • Julie Ann
    March 25, 2016

    Could you make this the night before? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 25, 2016

      Hi Julie, this one is really best fresh. I gets too soft and juicy if made ahead. Reply

  • Tzivia
    March 25, 2016

    Yo I made this salad on weds eve for break the fast for when we would come home from synagogue I didn’t add onions pr garlic but I used some fresh dill which is a very Russian thing made it with mayo and sour cream a little salt pepper and garlic powder and wow it came out really very yummmm Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 25, 2016

      That’s great Tzivia 😀. Reading your comment is making me hungry! Reply

      • Tzivia
        March 26, 2016

        Ditto Natasha it sure was then go on make some darlin lol btw happy blessed Easter cheers Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          March 26, 2016

          Thank you and happy and blessed Easter to you also! 🙂 Reply

  • Sheryl
    July 4, 2015

    Everything looks so fresh and beautiful. My husband is Ukrainian lol but doesn’t like onions or peppers or anything like it. I love to entertain so I get to still get to make all those nice beautiful salads that you show. I’d love to join your website and get your updates on your new things. Everything looks so nice and fresh. And pretty simple. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 4, 2015

      Thank you Sheryl, welcome to the site and feel free to subscribe to the latest recipes by clicking here :). Reply

  • Helen Siegel
    July 1, 2015

    Looks healthy and easy for a senior. You are my new COOK and I will enjoy… Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 1, 2015

      Helen you’re so nice. Thank you! 🙂 Reply

  • Valerie
    June 30, 2015

    Thank you so much. Can you send a recipe for pasta tuna salad thank you for sharing.

    Vs Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 30, 2015

      You’re very welcome! I’ll start brainstorming 🙂 Reply

  • January 9, 2015

    now i want the salad, I don’t like the mayo, so I omit it, the best and easy salad ever, my 8 year old makes it all the time, thanks for such great recipes Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 10, 2015

      It is still really good with just the sour cream. I’m so happy you like it. It sounds like you have a little chef on your hands! 🙂 Reply

  • Anna :)
    December 13, 2013

    My favorite salad! We also make it with Olive oil instead of the mayo & sour cream 😉 makes it more fresh & juicy 😉 yum! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 13, 2013

      Hmmmm that sounds healthier too! Thanks for the tip! Do you add anything else into it? Reply

      • Tatyana
        July 12, 2016

        We make it with olive oil instead of mayo and sour cream, too. I like adding my favorite herbs, like parsley and dill. Best herbs are fresh, of course, but dry herbs work, too; especially out of season. To make it a meal, I often add a can of garbanzo peas.

        Growing up, my family referred to this salad as simply “Salat,” since we made it almost every day. However, making this salad with cheap store-bought tomatoes and cucumbers is a waste of time (I know I don’t have to convince you, Natasha!). If you don’t have access to fresh vegetables, at least buy vine-ripened tomatoes. I always smell tomatoes if I have to buy them from the store.

        I can’t wait to try your version, Natasha. It looks scrumptious, thank you! Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          July 12, 2016

          I love your idea of adding garbanzo beans! That’s a great way to add protein!! Reply

  • Oksana B.
    February 12, 2013

    What a fantastic story! You are so sweet! I always enjoy reading your little introductions. Will be making this salad soon! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 12, 2013

      Thank you Oksana :). Let me know how it turns out. Reply

  • Marina
    August 22, 2012

    Hi,

    I love this salad.I have been eating it since childhood but sadly this year I had to stop.My holistic healer says no tomatoes and no diary.I am told it is unhealthy for me. Now I just eat cucumbers.Have a great day. Reply

  • jelena
    July 31, 2012

    hi Natasha! i came around your website, and i love it! thank you Reply

  • Jessica
    March 21, 2012

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I am completely in love with the cream, it’s so exquisite and authentic. Btw, I have found your site about a week ago, and I love all the different recipes for the russian/Ukraine food. Thank you so much for putting your time and effort into putting down all the recipes and even showing step by step pictures-they have helped me a lot. God bless 🙂 Reply

  • December 24, 2011

    We are hosting an orphan from Ukraine in our home for a month and tonight his chaperone came over for dinner. I served this salad and they both said it was wonderful and very authentic. We loved it too and I will be making it again as well as looking around your site for more recipes. Thank you. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 25, 2011

      That’s awesome! Thank you for sharing 🙂 Reply

  • June 11, 2011

    Wonderful salad! Thank you for sharing this easy, delicious recipe! Reply

  • Krystyna
    November 23, 2010

    this is identical to the salad my Baba used to make for us! she used kraft creamy cucumber dressing, but i can never find it, this dressing was perfect. thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      November 23, 2010

      I haven’t tried that dressing, but I’m glad you tried it and liked it 🙂 Reply

  • Natasha
    October 15, 2010

    love this salad! along with white onion I also add green onions and dill.. it gives the salad a very fresh taste!
    you are awsome! Reply

    • Natasha
      October 15, 2010

      Oh, its nice to be called “awesome” once in awhile 🙂 I’ll try the green onion an dill next time. We make this salad regularly. Reply

  • Irina
    September 6, 2010

    Yum! Tomato and cucumber salad is a true Russian and Ukrainian classic. I posted a similar recipe on my site in July:

    Our tomatoes are finally ripening (the first cucumbers came in about a month ago) and we can now make this salad from homegrown ingredients! Reply

    • Natasha
      September 6, 2010

      Hi Irina, thanks for the link, I will add dill next time I make this salad. I always have a tub of dill in the freezer. We make this salad pretty much daily with all the fresh cucumbers and tomatoes from my moms yard. Reply

  • Sam
    September 2, 2010

    Wow, this looks better than what I used to make. I always ended up with lots of fluid. I guess I don’t need to use vegetable oil. Thanks for the recipe. Reply

  • August 22, 2010

    This salad brings me memories, my Baba and Aunt always made this for us when we were small…..I’ll be making this myself as we have lots of tomatoes and cucmbers in the backyard. Thanks you for sharing. 🙂 Irina Reply

    • Natasha
      August 22, 2010

      I was hoping it would bring back memories for someone. It’s a classic – enjoy! Reply

  • August 22, 2010

    beautiful salad
    thanks
    val Reply

    • Natasha
      August 22, 2010

      Your welcome!! I just checked out your site. Wish I spoke and could read your language. Your recipe for Cake au chèvre et tomates confites looks soo good! Reply

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