Cucumber Tomato Salad
This fresh and crisp cucumber tomato salad is loaded with feta, Kalamata olives, thinly sliced red onions and homemade dressing. It’s the perfect summer snack or side dish!
Finally. Finally! It’s starting to warm up in New Hampshire, ahhhh. I thought this day would never come. I am pumped. ‘Tis the season of marinades, dry rubs, and fresh summer salads. Life is good. I’m actually going to learn how to use the grill this year, all by myself. Like a big girl. This is pretty essential because in just a few weeks, I’ll be a full-time blogging machine. (“Goodbye cubicle!”) -So I want that grill to be at my beck and call all summer long. And no matter what I grill up, this salad will pair perfectly with it. There are just a few tricks to keep in mind so that your cucumbers are extra crisp, fresh, and pretty. 🙂
How to keep sliced cucumbers fresh:
- First and foremost, whether or not you peel the skin from a cucumber does not impact how long it stays fresh. It’s slicing the cucumber that puts a time limit on its’ freshness.
- Putting cucumber slices in a Ziploc bag, removing all of the air, and storing it in the fridge will keep the slices fresh for 3-4 days.
- Putting cucumber slices in a small container and pouring a layer of water over them will keep them fresh for up to a week. You can also line them in wet paper towels and place them in a Ziploc bag for week-long freshness.
- Finally, you can add cucumber slices to a pitcher of water and keep it in the fridge for up to a week for a refreshing glass of water! Feel free to toss in lemon, lime, and even sprigs of mint!
How to make cucumbers extra crispy for cucumber salad:
- Since cucumbers are so moist, it’s best to salt them, and let them sit on paper towels for 20-25 minutes. The salt will extract excess moisture from the cucumbers and the paper towel will absorb it. This will give you a crispier, longer lasting cucumber slice!
How to make a fancy cucumber slice:
- Peel the cucumber, and use a fork to make an indentation on the outside of the cucumber, all the way around. Look out, as the cucumber juice will spray a bit!
- When you slice the cucumber, you will notice a “flowered” outside look instead of a general round shape.
Want even fancier cucumber slices?
I love using this handy dandy crinkle knife to give my sliced veggies an extra cool crinkle look! You can use this for slicing carrots and potatoes too!
Cucumber Tomato Salad
This fresh and crisp cucumber tomato salad is loaded with feta, Kalamata olives, thinly sliced red onions and homemade dressing. It's the perfect summer snack or side dish
- 3 cucumbers peeled & sliced
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
- 1 small red onion thinly sliced
- 1 cup Kalamata olives
- 1.5 cups Feta cheese
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 teaspoon pepper
Sprinkle the sliced cucumbers with salt and let them sit on paper towels for 20 minutes. Cucumbers are very watery and this osmosis process allows you to draw out as much of the liquid as possible so that they remain crisp in your salad!
Meanwhile, combine the salad dressing ingredients. Pour into a jar. Cover, shake, and refrigerate while the cucumbers sit.
When the cucumbers are ready, combine the salad ingredients in a large bowl and add ¾ - 1 cup of Greek or Italian salad dressing.
Chill for one hour before serving. Leftovers can be saved for up to three days.