Simple Tomato Cucumber Salad

There are some recipes that are really so simple that they don’t require printing on a blog.

Or…do they?

After all, I grew up in the kitchen. My mom was always in the kitchen, teaching me how to separate eggs (with my hands), how to tell when a chicken is roasted (when the drumstick wiggles away), and how to combine flavors (dill and lemon – good. Dill and vanilla extract – bad.).

But a lot of people didn’t grow up cooking with their parents or grandparents. They didn’t go to culinary school and went straight from eating in the dorms to eating out. Now they might want to cook.

So this recipe is for them. It might seem simple to you – it does to me. But at a recent dinner where I served it, a friend was so delighted that it occurred to me that some people might not know to make this simple, satisfying recipe. So, here goes.

Cucumber-Tomato Salad


2 tomatoes, diced very finely

1/4 red or sweet onoin, diced very finely

1/2 large cucmber or 1 small cucumber, diced v ery finely

juice of 1/2 lemon

tsp. of salt

2 tsp. olive oil

1. Combine all ingredients. Then, let marinate for 30 minutes, taste for seasonings, and serve.

That’s it. This is best in the summer, when the tomatoes are juicy and the onions are sweet. However, it’s even good in the early spring, like now. Just make sure that the dice on all the veggies is very fine – that really makes this salad refreshing and easy to eat. This is just the jumping off point – add some dill and oregano to make it Mediterranean. Add za’atar to give it a middle eastern feel. Cilantro and half a clove of smashed garlic for a Mexican feel and some herbs de Provence give it a decidedly French flavor. Go with your instincts and with flavors and herbs that you like. The point is that this is a chameleon salad. It is fabulous as a relish for burgers or as a side to  a heavy meal. It is simple, but it totally makes a meal come together.

And if you are someone who is a beginner in the kitchen, maybe this is just the recipe you needed to show you that cooking can be simple, intuitive, and most of all, enjoyable.


  1. I also love to take this type of salad and mix it with cooled cooked quinoa for a full meal! And toss in some feta 😉

  2. There is certainly a lot to find out about this topic.
    I love all of the points you’ve made.

  3. I have a recipe on my site “How to whip cream” so I am not one to throw stones in glass houses or whatever, but I laughed anyway 🙂

  4. Ttrockwood says:

    No such thing as too simple! This looks so much like what i make myself for summer lunches
    On a seperate note i just read your resume link and please please delete your home address from it!!! I also live in nyc and there are some crazies here, they dont need to know where to find you.

    • Wow, I don’t know how that made it up there!!! Thank you SO much for alerting me!!! And glad that you like salads like that, too!

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