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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Balsamic Cucumber Salad with Tomatoes and Red Onions

Going back to the days of Dad’s gardens, I loved cucumbers and still do.  Did you know “cool as a cucumber” isn’t just a catchy phrase?  It’s actually true; the inside temperature of a cucumber is 20 degrees cooler than the outside air!

Summer time is great for this salad but, I can’t wait that long so spring is a wonderful time for it also!  Sweet onions such as Vidalias or Walla Wallas can be substituted for the red onions in this, just double the quantity.  It’s a quick salad with a little olive oil, balsamic and red wine vinegars and Dijon mustard added.  If you don’t have balsamic vinegar, use more red wine vinegar. 

This salad never fails to satisfy us with all its great flavors.  I think the next time I will add a green chili to it for a little heat.  I can’t resist a good cucumber salad and this one leaves me yearning for summer!

Cucumber Salad with Onions and Balsamic Vinegar


2 medium cucumbers, peeled and cut in half lengthwise
1 large red onion, thinly sliced and separated
2 medium tomatoes, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon McCormick’s Seasoned Pepper Blend


In a medium bowl, cut cucumbers into ¼” slices.
Add onions and tomatoes.
Combine remaining ingredients in a small bowl and pour over the cucumber mixture.
Can refrigerate 1 hour or so before serving.
4-6 servings



  1. Pam you are always full of great info for us! The only saying that I know for sure where it came from due to my job (school clinic aide) is "nit picking" hehe!

    This salad brings me back, my grandma used to make it, but not with balsamic vinegar. Perfect "cool" summer salad!

  2. I love salads like this. Mine are never the same twice!


  3. Pam I have eaten cucumber and tomato salad more times than I can count. Everyday during the summer till I moved out of my parents house. I ate It so much that I started to hate it. Never with balsamic vinegar...only white vinegar or the liquid from sweet pickles. It's been about 10 years since I last had it. I think it's about time I have it again...I will use balsamic vinegar.

  4. I was planning to make a cucumber salad tomorrow, maybe I'll make this one. I think my recipe just has white vinegar, I love the idea of the different vinegars. I just gotta get me some tomatoes! Thanks!

  5. I love the looks of this yummy salad. It will be wonderful for summer meals because it would be delicious with anything off the grill.

  6. This is lovely. As soon as I can pick my cucs i'm makin this one. Great taste you have my dear. Never stop cookin and bloggin, please. Keri

  7. Cucumbers, tomatoes and red onion...I love this salad!!

  8. Looks delicious, I love cucumber salad! Have tot ry it with your balsamic and dijon, sounds so good!

  9. this looks like such a refreshing and delicious summer dish

  10. Mmmmmm ... just looks (& tastes !) like Summer ....

  11. A healthy and delicious salad...mmmm. I love balsamic vinegar. Great idea to use in salad.

  12. No, I didn't know that, about cucumbers being 20 degrees cooler than the outside air. Cool fact!

    I love salad. I've had it two days in a row now. This is a beautiful dish.

    Today, 50 degrees, raining a chilly. Tomorrow, 80 degrees, warm and sunny. Perfect for a salad. Perfect for THIS salad. =)

    I can't wait until my own tomatoes and cumcumbers grow in!

  13. Oh, I LOVE cucumbers! This looks delicious, I'm TOTALLY trying it! Thanks!

  14. I have had a version of this recipe and it is so delicious. You do have the best recipes. I love the new look with the cherries.

  15. Sounds tasty as always Pam! thanks for sharing!

  16. This salad is a perfect example of why summer is so wonderful! Bring on the sun!

  17. This is a wonderful Summer salad! I would love it with Vidalia's and cucumbers right from my garden!

  18. Such a fun salad! I love cucumber, especially in the summertime. I love this background! I used it on another blog for a while and thought it was so fun. I love the header you put with it! :)

  19. Subhashini, it is! Thank you!

    Lyndsey, very funny! Amazing what we learn with the job! ;) Have a great day!

    Carol at Serendipity, I know just what you mean. It's usually a splash of this and a dash of that!

    Bo, at least you knew a good thing when you had it! Interesting with the pickle juice; I'll have to try that. And I hope you give this one a try ~ the balsamic adds a different flavor for sure!

    Debbi Does Dinner Healthy, there are so many vinegars out there to try. I can't wait for the fresh home-grown tomatoes here!

    Cathy, it does go with about anything from the grill. Love that grilling season! Thanks!

    Sam, Keri... Cooking is the best and blogging about it is second best, as you would probably agree! Thanks and you have a wonderful day!

    Zia Elle, I'm glad you like this one! It is delicious! Thanks!

    Dishesdone, great! The dijon twist makes it yummy! Thanks for the visit!

    Food, Fun and Life in the Charente, thank you! Love this as it goes with so many things.

    teresa, it is! I just couldn't wait until summer to make it!

    Lynda, yes! It reeks of warm weather and good things!

    MaryMoh, I use balsamic vinegar quite a bit and love its flavor! Thanks for the visit!

    Terrianne, Call me Ree, it is cool! We eat some sort of salad most days here. Your weather is about like ours. It's supposed to be in the 80's here for the next several days, after that, who knows? Thanks for stopping by!

    Anything Fits A Naked Man, wonderful and I hope you like it as much as we do!

    Farmchick, thanks so much! Here's wishing you a great day and I'm happy you stopped by!

    Julie M, you're welcome! Have a great day!

  20. Anna, you've got it! Thanks so much!

    Cinnamon-Girl, it's wonderful with Vidalia's also! And even better that you can get them straight from the garden!

    theUngourmet, thank you! I'm glad you like the background and header. Just had to find something connected with food and I love cherries! ;)

  21. Oh my goodness, I can think of about, idk...100 meals to serve this with! Yum!! A perfect side.

  22. What a perfect salad for warm weather!

  23. Me, Myself and Pie, that's for sure! It goes with just about anything! Thanks!

    Karen, it is! I can't wait for fresh home-grown cucs and tomatoes!

  24. This look absolutely yummy! Pam, love the recipe, gloria

  25. Gloria, thank you! Can't wait for fresh local tomatoes, etc.!

  26. Cool and refreshing, the perfect summer salad.

  27. I do a similar salad. I tend to make it more in the spring and summer which makes so sense when the cucumbers and tomatoes are always in season here on the west coast. Love the dijon mustard you use.
    Shamrocks and Shenanigans

  28. Mimi, it is! Thanks!

    S and S, it's perfect for the warmer months of which we do not have enough of here!



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