Tomato, Cucumber and Basil Salad

Here’s an easy and delicious Tomato, Cucumber and Basil Salad recipe:

Tomato, Cucumber and Basil Salad in a bowl

Tomatoes are at their best right now. Grab some from the Farmer’s Market, and you’ll see what I mean!  A red ripe, summer tomato is as good to eat as an apple.  Throw it into a salad with crunchy cucumbers, onion and a simple herb dressing, and you have a lovely summer side dish.

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This recipe comes from The Dash Diet 30-Minute Cookbook by Christy Ellingsworth.  I had never even heard of the Dash Diet until recently.  Apparently it was named as the best overall diet program by US News and World Report.  The goal of this diet is to prevent and low high blood pressure.  It emphasizes foods that you know are good for you- fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy.  And it asks you to avoid calorie- and fat-laden sweets and red meat and cut back on salt.  I’m not on this diet, and I don’t intend to follow it… but I’m enjoying the cookbook for the healthy options it offers.  Here are a few recipes I’ve bookmarked to try:  Homemade Sausage Patties, Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes, 2-Minute Refried Beans, Southwestern Salmon, Coconut Cauliflower Curry, Chewy Granola Bars and Chocolate Chip Banana Muffin Top Cookies.

Tomato, Cucumber and Basil Salad in a white bowl

I could sit and eat this whole bowl for lunch.  When it’s so hot in the summer (100ish degrees at my house this week), a salad is a welcome meal for sure!

Tomato, Cucumber and Basil Salad

And of course, it’s gorgeous too.  I recommend you make this one and serve it with a beautiful, grilled steak and a glass of red wine.  If you’re not into that idea, just make the salad and enjoy it with whatever you’d like!  It’s a good way to celebrate the delicious summer vegetable harvest.

Here are a few more tomato salad recipes you might enjoy:

Tomato, Cucumber and Basil Salad

Great, fresh, simple salad recipe!

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword cucumber salad, tomato cucumber and basil salad, tomato salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 89 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 large hothouse cucumber
  • 6 medium Campari tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 small sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Peel the cucumber, slice in half lengthwise, then use a spoon to gently scrape out the seeds. Slice the cucumber and place into a bowl.  Add the tomato, onion and basil.

  2. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, olive oil, garlic and pepper.  Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat.  Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

  • Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints per serving: 1
Nutrition Facts
Tomato, Cucumber and Basil Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 89 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 15mg1%
Potassium 582mg17%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 1666IU33%
Vitamin C 30mg36%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • Miranda wrote:

    This sounds like such a wonderful summer meal! And healthy on top of that!

  • Kelly wrote:

    This is the perfect gorgeous summer meal! It’s been so hot here and salads are all I’m craving!

  • Joanne wrote:

    This salad looks so refreshing to eat, especially on a hot day! It reminds me of how my mom made her cucumber and tomato salad.