Cucumber Tomato and Onion Salad

Salads are a hit in the summer and this is one of my favorites that I prepare quite often.  I usually make it with a red Spanish onion but did not have one in the refrigerator so I used a Vidalia onion.  It’s sweet and just as good but doesn’t have the great red color of the Spanish onion.

Our farmer’s markets are just starting to have wonderful produce.  That’s surely one of the best things about summer ~ the abundance of delicious fresh vegetables.  The local sweet corn was planted ahead of schedule this spring so I am hoping it will be available soon and stay around for a long while!

Mom made this salad many times in the summer and this is her way of making it:   For crisper, crunchier cucumbers, soak the sliced cucumbers in salt water with ice for 2-3 hours, drain well.  Combine the cucumbers and onions; allow them to marinate in the sugar syrup.  The longer they marinate, the better it is.  Make it early in the day and by dinner time it’s perfect.  It can be made a day ahead of time also.  Mom did not add tomatoes; I usually do just before serving.

Cucumber Tomato and Onion Salad


2 cucumbers, peeled and sliced very thin
1 large onion, sliced very thin
1 large tomato, peeled and cut into chunks
½ cup sugar
¾ cup white vinegar
¾ cup water
Salt and pepper, to taste


In a large bowl, add some salt, water and ice.
Add sliced cucumbers and let soak for 2-3 hours.
Drain and rinse well.
In a saucepan add sugar, vinegar, water, salt and pepper.
Bring to a boil and continue boiling for 2-3 minutes to dissolve sugar.
Layer cucumbers and onions in a large bowl.
Pour sugar syrup over cucumber mixture and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
Add tomatoes and combine.

Pam’s note:  Many times I make this using Splenda.  Substitute the sugar with the equivalent amount of Splenda.  Combine the Splenda, vinegar, water and salt and pepper.  Stir, with a whisk, until the Splenda dissolves.  Do not heat the mixture!  Pour over the cucumbers and onions; refrigerate.  I use a couple of teaspoons of McCormick’s Seasoned Pepper for a little kick.  Add the tomatoes and combine before serving.

It’s a great summer salad!  ENJOY!!!


  1. We love cucumber salad, it's a staple here in the summer. Have to add the tomatoes, it looks delicious!

  2. I really love that combination of flavours and crunchiness!!

  3. This reminds of being a kid. My mom use to always make fresh cucumber and tomato salads...I hated it as a kid, but have so grown to love it now!

  4. Pam, I love the simplicity and the refreshing look of this salad...

  5. A perfect dish for summer Pam! We have been busy with Bordeaux so I have some catching up to do and am looking forward to reading up on your blogs!

  6. All in my garden..... I like the idea of the sugar to give it a sweeter taste. Diane

  7. With the heats of the summer..we certainly depend on salads that are tasty and offer great crunchy texture.
    Your dressing is interesting...however, I may just replace the white vinegar(not a fan) with apple cider or rice vinegar...what do you think?

    Have a great day and flavourful wishes,

  8. Your blog is full of great recipes! If you ever want to make a cookbook, I would love to help!
    Sally Ford

  9. Dishesdone, I know what you mean as its a staple here also.

    Salsa Verde, thanks! Have a good day! Love

    Jenn, great! It's amazing how our tastes change as we get a little older. Thanks!

    Juliana, sometimes those are the best things! Thanks for the visit!

    Sue, that is great with being busy with Bordeaux. Bet it's wonderful! Thanks for stopping by!

    Food, Fun and Life in the Charente, it's good and something we eat a lot of in the summer. Have a good day!

    Adventures in Domestic Cooking, thank you! I love those summer foods!

    Foodessa, you're so right! Lighter fare in the summer is the way to go. This is good with cider vinegar also as I've used that many times, but have never used rice vinegar. I'll have to buy some and try it. Thanks for the suggestion! You have a wonderful day also!

    Thanks Sally! I'll check it out!

  10. My grandmother made a similar salad and when I have it I always think of her. This will be on the menu often this summer, Pam.

  11. Hi Pam,

    What a wonderful summer salad! Thanks for the tip on how to keep the cucumbers crispier!

  12. I love cucumber salads and learning something new! Thanks for telling us about that great cucumber crisping trick.

  13. I was going to say what Dishesdone said, but she said it for me. I'll have to try it with the addition of the tomatoes.

  14. This a great way to showcase summer cucumbers and tomatoes. I would love this salad.

    I learned something today from reading your blog-about soaking the cukes to make them crisper. I will remember that!

  15. This is my dad and husband's favorite thing to eat in the summer!

  16. In theese hot days this is exactly what I want eat !!
    Fresh and light!!

  17. Salads in the summer are a must! Especially delicious ones like this!

  18. Cathy, wonderful! Enjoy and have a good day!

    Rosabela, you're welcome. The ice water definitely makes them crisp.

    M @ Betty Crapper, thank you! It's always great to have new ideas for cooking!

    Carla and Michael, great that you and yours like the salad also. It's always refreshing!

    Velva, thanks! The soaking works and makes a great crisp salad.

    Autumn @Good Eats Girl, good! It's definitely one of Bill's favorite summer foods also.

    Zia Elle, you said it! Who needs hot, heavy food in hot weather?

    Joanne, absolutely! We eat salad almost daily in the summer; not as much in the winter. Have a good day!

  19. Love the combination of veggies. That looks great.

  20. Clements Family, thank you and have a good day!

  21. Such a refreshing, healthy salad recipe! I should eat more of this more often. :)

  22. Love this type of salad, so fresh...

  23. cucumber and tomato salad is one of my favorites.

  24. YOur crunchy salad looks so appetising. Great for weight watchers!

  25. Sook, thanks! It's good!

    Magic of Spice, I so agree. It's perfect for summer!

    Esme, great that you're a fan of it also!

    Cheah, yes it is! Thank you!


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