In 10 minutes this easy Cucumber Tomato Salad with Balsamic Parsley Dressing is ready to serve as a refreshing appetizer or side dish for picnics, BBQs, summer pool parties, or an outdoor grilled dinner with the family. Simple chop all ingredients and toss with the dressing! With small chopped vegetables, this cucumber tomato salad is perfect for kids, too!
I love making fresh veggie, bean, and cheese salads for the whole family to enjoy on a nice hot summer day. My default is to lean toward cucumber-based salads, like this cucumber tomato salad recipe. I don't think there is a vegetable more light and refreshing than a cool crispy cucumber.
This easy cucumber tomato salad with balsamic, parsley, and dill is so good that I made it twice in 3 days. My 5 year old AND 18 month old LOVED it! (albeit, the baby ate everything but the cucumbers). When a 5 year old asks for second helpings of salad, that's when you know it's good.
Here's why you'll love this tomato cucumber salad, too!
- it's refreshing and crisp on a hot summer day
- it travels well for picnics, BBQs, summer pool parties
- it's delicious!
- it's healthy!
- kids love it!
- it's easy
- it takes 10 minutes to prepare
- it's colorful and livens up the table
Tomatoes, cucumbers, chickpeas, red onions, and mozzarella are tossed with an easy homemade dressing. Olive oil, balsamic vinegar, parsley, dill, and garlic salt coat the fresh veggies, giving it a simple yet herb-infused marinade.
🍴Serving and Storing
We love this salad as a light and healthy side when grilling steak, hamburgers, or hot dogs. It's the perfect accompanying side for a meat and carb-loaded dinner, especially on nights when hamburgers, hot dogs, and fries are the main course. It's also lovely added to an extra healthy dinner night, paired with grilled chicken and a garden salad drizzled with a creamy oriental dressing. Cucumber tomato salad is a great easy way to add in a whole bunch of vegetables (and vitamins and minerals) to a BBQ.
This salad is also perfect for picnics because it is perfect chilled or at room temperature. It travels really well, and there's no need to try and keep it cool or find a place to warm it up. We plan on having a lot of picnics when the weather gets warmer, and cucumber tomato salad will always be in our picnic basket!
Presentation is key for this cucumber tomato salad. The tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and mozzarella are diced into tiny pieces, making it look scrumptiously spectacular and easy for kids to enjoy too! So impress the crowd at your next party with this delicious and healthy recipe!
To make this tomato cucumber salad, you need the vegetables and legumes for the main salad and the herbs and liquids for the dressing.
- grape tomatoes
- red onion
- mozzarella cheese
I use mini cucumbers, slice them, and then quarter each slice to get very small cucumber pieces. I use grape tomatoes and do the same thing. But there is nothing wrong with using a regular size cucumber and garden tomatoes. I also recommend using fresh mozzarella and dicing it into cubes, but this is actually an optional ingredients. Sometimes I make it with mozzarella and sometimes without. It depends on if I have it. When making this for parties, I tend to always use mozzarella, though. Everyone loves cheese!
I like to chop all of my ingredients very small so the kids have an easier time eating them. And I like the presentation when everything is diced small.
For the dressing you need:
- olive oil
- balsamic vinegar
- garlic salt
I used dried herbs but you can use fresh. Make sure to use 3 times as much fresh as you would dried. I also love Lawry's garlic salt with parsley and it's what I use most of the time. But any garlic salt will do!
🔪 Step-By-Step Directions
This recipe can be prepared immediately before serving or the night before. To make cucumber tomato salad, follow these simple directions:
1.If you haven't already, chop the, tomatoes, red onions and mozzarella into small pieces, as in the picture below. Mix together in a large bowl.
2. Add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, parsley, dill, and garlic salt. Toss and sprinkle with pepper to taste.
Let the cucumber tomato salad chill in the fridge until ready to serve or serve immediately. I like this salad the best when it's been chilled for a few hours to overnight so that the dressing flavors have a chance to "marry" and soak into the veggies. If you don't have time to wait, that's no problem either.
Cucumber Tomato Salad with Balsamic Parsley Dressing
- 3 mini cucumbers (or 2 cups chopped cucumbers)
- 12 grape tomatoes (or 1 cup chopped tomatoes)
- ⅓ cup red onion
- ½ cup chickpeas
- ½ cup cubed mozzarella (optional)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp garlic salt
- 1 tbsp parsley
- ⅛ tsp dill
- pepper, to taste
- Dice the cucumbers, tomatoes, and red onion into small pieces. Toss with the chickpeas and mozzarella.
- Add oil, balsamic, parsley, garlic salt, dill, and pepper. Mix, taste, and adjust seasonings as desired.
That’s all you need to know about this easy cucumber tomato salad with balsamic parsley dressing! If you’ve made it, let me know what you thought in the comments below.