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Marinated Cucumber & Tomato Salad

cucumber tomato saladIntroducing a delightful Marinated Cucumber & Tomato Salad, perfect for those seeking an effortless side dish packed with fiber. This salad boasts a vibrant blend of juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, and tangy red onions, all marinated in a zesty dressing that’s sure to please. The magic lies in a simple yet flavorful dressing featuring apple cider vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil, and balsamic vinegar, creating a refreshing and balanced base. Fragrant herbs like fresh basil and flat-leaf parsley elevate each bite, adding depth and complexity. Whether enjoyed as a refreshing accompaniment or a light and nutritious standalone meal, this Marinated Cucumber & Tomato Salad is a surefire hit.


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Prep Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes            Cook Time: 0 minutes          Yield: 6 servings      


  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 3 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground pepper
  • 5 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 2 medium cucumbers, sliced or diced into chunks
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion rings


  1. For the dressing, whisk apple cider vinegar, oil, balsamic vinegar, basil, parsley, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. 
  2. In a medium bowl, stir the tomatoes, cucumbers, and onion together.
  3. Pour over the dressing and gently stir to coat. 
  4. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator, stirring once or twice, for at least 2 hours before serving. 
  5. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Toss to refresh before serving.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Experiment with different herbs or add additional herbs to the dressing for extra flavor complexity. Consider incorporating mint, thyme, or oregano to complement the basil and parsley.
  • To prevent the salad from becoming watery, remove the seeds and excess liquid from the tomatoes before slicing them. You can also lightly salt the cucumbers and let them sit for a few minutes before adding them to the salad to draw out excess moisture.
  • Add your favorite Mediterranean ingredients to make this salad your own. Consider tossing in olives, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, or even cooked pasta for a heartier version.
  • Adjust the ratio of apple cider vinegar, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar to suit your taste preferences. For a tangier flavor, increase the amount of vinegar; for a richer taste, add more olive oil.

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Marinated Cucumber & Tomato Salad

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