Easy fresh summer salad recipe
Need a way to use up all of those tomatoes, cucumbers and herbs from your garden? This is an easy recipe for cucumber and tomato salad that is spruced up a bit by adding fresh herbs, avocados and pickled beets. Easy vegan vinaigrette recipe to top it all off.
This is the perfect end of summer recipe; it’s healthy, easy to make and doesn’t require heating anything up.
This salad is great for when it’s too hot to cook.
Wrap it up in a romaine lettuce leaf, or top off your Buddha bowl with this salad.
This salad is also amazing to take on a picnic, or bring to a potluck or summer BBQ.
Tips for making this cucumber tomato salad
- Use whatever tomato is in season and is your favorite. Cherry or grape tomatoes also taste amazing in this recipe.
- If you’re using medium or large tomatoes, if you’d like the salad to be a little less watery or soggy, just de-seed the tomatoes.
- You can add the tomato seeds to the vinaigrette dressing base if you’d like to not waste them.
- You can also de-seed the cucumber if you’re not using an English cucumber
- I recommend using English cucumbers for this recipe as they have thinner skin and not as many seeds.
- If you’re not using an english cucumber, make sure to peel it. The skin will be too thick and won’t be very fun to chew.
- Fresh herbs really make this recipe pop, so don’t skip that step. Use whatever you have on hand. My favorite are parsley and basil combined.
- I’ve used only 1 TBL of olive oil in this recipe before, to cut down on the fat, and it turned out great.
- Make sure to let this salad chill, covered, for at least an hour before serving.
- Avocado is also amazing in this recipe.
- You can also use vegan feta cheese (Violife has an amazing vegan feta) in place of the avocado.
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Tomato cucumber salad with avocado and beets
- 2 medium cucumbers (peeled if they’re not the thinner skinned English cucumber variety)
- ¼ of a large red onion – sliced
- 3 medium tomatoes (de-seed if you’d like this to be less soggy)
- ⅓ cup pickled beets (- sliced)
- 1 avocado (- diced)
- Handful of chopped fresh herbs of choice (- I used parsley and basil)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp white, red or apple cider vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic
- ½ tsp sugar
- ½ tsp salt (or to taste)
- Pepper to taste
- Peel and chop up your cucumbers (if not using english cucumbers)
- Dice your tomatoes.
- Add the sliced red onions, avocado, tomatoes, cucumber, chopped fresh herbs, and pickled beets to a large mixing bowl.
- Pour the vinaigrette over and stir everything together
- Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed.
- Let chill in the fridge, covered, for at least an hour
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