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Tomato, Cucumber Salad - Refreshing Summer Salad With Cilantro

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Lettuce, Tomato, Cucumber, Cilantro Salad

My summer creation shown here with a light balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

My summer creation shown here with a light balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

Refreshing Summer Salad Recipe Comes Alive with Cilantro!

Eating cool and refreshing foods during the dog days of summer can help to beat the heat. Recently, I came up with a simple salad that is refreshingly cool--perfect for the hot months of the year. Once you taste it, though, you will most likely want to incorporate this salad or some form of it into your meals all year long.

This salad in the summer months utilizes vegetables that are often coming out of gardeners' ears, so it's a good time to take advantage of the bounty.

I love the taste of fresh home-grown tomatoes in the summertime. Cucumbers--cool and crisp--also have a better flavor in the summertime. Adding fresh cilantro, whether grown yourself or purchased in the grocery store, adds a burst of flavor in this fresh summer salad.

You are in for a treat with this salad, especially if you are growing your own vegetables. If not, visit your local farmer's market, roadside vegetable stand, or beg from those who DO grow their own veggies. Tomatoes and cucumbers are plentiful during the gardening season. And cilantro, with its fragrant aroma and delectable flavor (one of my favorite spices) makes this salad come alive!

I love salads any time of the year, but it takes a while to put it all together when you include a lot of vegetables or additional items like eggs, bacon bits, croutons, or whatever else you can think of. One of the beauties of this salad is that very few items are included in it, and thus, besides being tasty and refreshing, it is also very quick to put together.

Recipe for Victoria's Homemade Vinaigrette

Ingredients for Refreshing Summer Salad

  • Romaine lettuce (or other kind), torn or chopped
  • cucumbers, chopped or sliced thinkly
  • tomatoes, chopped
  • cilantro, (plenty of it!), chopped
  • vinaigrette dressing, your favorite!

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Instructions for Tomato, Cucumber, Cilantro Salad

  1. Chop up desired amount of lettuce and cilantro. Mix together in large bowl or separate into individual serving bowls.
  2. Add chopped cucumbers. I leave the skins on if they are not too tough. Ever see those mini cucumbers? Their flavor is delightful. If you can find them, use them instead of regular sized cucumbers.
  3. If you have fresh garden tomatoes, these are delightful in this salad. If you don’t, buy cherry or grape tomatoes, and half them before adding to salad. I’ve found that grape tomatoes tend to keep their flavor pretty well year-round.
  4. Sprinkle on a vinaigrette dressing or try the following recipe I came up with to make your own homemade vinaigrette dressing. You can use another type of salad dressing, but a vinaigrette type adds to the refreshing feel of this cool salad.

Another Great Recipe with Cilantro!

  • Best Slow Cooker Green Chili with White Accompaniments
    This crock pot recipe creates a great green chili that has spice, flavor, but isnt too hot on the palate. I also add several white accompaniments that top it off. If you like spicy Mexican food, you wont be disappointed!

Optional Salad Toppings

This salad is simple, quick, cold, and tasty with just a few ingredients. Sometimes I do add other toppings that are also good on the dish. If you’re in the mood for a more substantial salad, try adding other ingredients. I've found that the following do make for a tasty salad without overpowering the original ingredients of this simple cucumber and tomato salad.

Optional ingredients:

Red, yellow, or green bell pepper

Black or green olives

Bacon bits

Shredded cheese, any kind

Grated Parmesan cheese


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More nutritional information about Tomato, Cucumber, and Cilantro Salad

All values are approximate. This looks like a pretty healthy salad! Just add in calories and other nutritional of salad dressing you decide to add.

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Great salad recipe!

If you enjoy this recipe in the hot summer months, you will also love it throughout the year. It is simply too good to pass up.

As far as adding the optional items, these are all excellent additions, but the original recipe I listed is delightful in its simplicity. It’s refreshing and perfect for summertime!

© 2011 Victoria Lynn


Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on July 11, 2014:

Oh yeah, Phyllis! I love it in summer time. So fresh!

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on July 08, 2014:

Cool cucumbers and summer just go together. Wonderful recipe. Thanks, Victoria.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 04, 2013:

las81071--I love salad, too. I look forward to having this one this summer!

las81071 on June 02, 2013:

Sounds good always love a good salad

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 18, 2012:

Megh--I think that fresh lime, green chili, and olive oil would be a great dressing. I'm glad you appreciated the recipe and my writing. :-)

Megh Brandel from Dhaka, Bangladesh on March 18, 2012:

its very interesting to see this recipe. This is a very common salad recipe in our country and I guess the only salad recipe that is eaten almost daily, specially during lunch. I guess, we being a tropical country has made this recipe so popular. however, we mainly use fresh lime and green chilli instead of vinaigrette dressing. I sometimes mix a couple of tsps of olive oil in the dressing. :) Great writing by the way.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 20, 2012:

Oh, yeah, AA, purple onion is a nice touch. Sounds good!

Augustine A Zavala from Texas on February 18, 2012:

AWesome! Adding a sliced/diced purple onion also adds to the intoxicating taste. Thank you for sharing.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on November 05, 2011:

Oh, my gosh, MM, you've got to get some CILANTRO! I first discovered it years ago in salsa. It's great in any kind of Mexican dish. Try it. Hope you love it as much as I do. What a flavor!

Movie Master from United Kingdom on November 05, 2011:

Hi Victoria, romaine lettuce is my favourite, I have never tried Cilantro - am I the only one?!!

I'm getting some tomorrow...

Sounds as though I have been missing out!

Many thanks and best wishes MM

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on October 03, 2011:

Thanks for reading, LivingFood. Your name intrigues me, as I love food. I may have to check out some of your stuff!

LivingFood on October 03, 2011:

Your salad looks delicious! Thank you! :)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on September 15, 2011:

Awesome, ryan! It's a great combination of flavors, trust me! Thanks!

ryan on September 15, 2011:

i like that food

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 25, 2011:

I feel the same way about cilantro. I even love the smell of it when I walk into a room! Thanks for stopping by!

glassvisage from Northern California on August 25, 2011:

Cilantro is one of my favorites - I like to use it for all kinds of dishes because it really gives foods a very fresh and light taste. Thasks for the recipe!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 23, 2011:

Thanks for stopping by, RTalloni! Hope you enjoy it!

RTalloni on August 23, 2011:

A lovely, lovely salad and vinaigrette! Thanks for sharing--voted up and bookmarked.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 15, 2011:

Thanks, happypuppy! This salad is so refreshing in hot weather. Thanks for reading. I love your name--happypuppy! I'll have to check out some of your hubs, too!

happypuppy on August 15, 2011:

I will have to try out your recipe. It looks delicious! Salads are good for the summertime. I look forward to reading more of your hubs.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 12, 2011:

Yes dan-1, that's what I love about it, too. It's simple. I love veggies, but sometimes making a salad with everything--broccoli, cauliflower, etc--cutting and chopping is tedious. When I want a quick, tasty salad, this recipe is so satisfying. I don't think I've had rice vinegar. Do you put it on plain or with oil? I'll have to try it. Enjoyed your comment!

dan-1 from Tampa, FL on August 11, 2011:

The thing that makes this a good dish is the siplicity of it. Just a few things. Not too much going on that it becomes overwhelming to the taste.

I grow some of my own veggies, much better that way! Cilantro adds a kind of freshness to salads and also to salsa's.

Have you ever tried rice vinegar? It has a nice mild flavor so it goes great with cool summer salads.

I know I'll be enjoying a salad soon. Thanks!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 10, 2011:

Haha! Funny, chanroth! I don't think you'll be disappointed. It's quick and tasty, especially if you like cilantro!

chanroth from California, USA on August 10, 2011:

ahhh....look so delicious! I want to bite through my computer. LOL. I'll make some tomorrow! :) Thanks!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 10, 2011:

Thanks, Simone. I appreciate your comment. Cilantro has such a great flavor in so many dishes. And it smells great!

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on August 10, 2011:

Cilantro! I really should use that more. Lovely Hub!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 09, 2011:

Ah, Lucky Cats, then you will really enjoy this recipe! thanks!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 09, 2011:

Thanks, Lucky Cats! And I'm going to check out your hubs since you are named Lucky Cats! Love cats!

Kathy from Independence, Kansas on August 09, 2011:

This looks so good! I absolutely LOVE Balsamic vinegar and the bite! I will try this salad and dressing..

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 08, 2011:

haha. Thanks, SangHue. I've always liked to cook, and I love to create my own recipes, so you'll probably see more of them at some point!

SangHue on August 08, 2011:

You turned out to be a chef now instead of an English writer.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 07, 2011:

Thanks, Wesman. I love, it, too, and if it has medicinal effects, too--awesome!

Wesman Todd Shaw from Kaufman, Texas on August 07, 2011:

That does look good. I love cilantro, and it's an herb with some awesome medicinal / detoxing effects as well !


Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 06, 2011:

Thanks, JT! I really enjoy it in this heat!

JT Walters from Florida on August 06, 2011:

Hi Victoria Lynn,

What a wonderful salad? I must try it this week. It looks fabulous. It is perfect for this heat.


Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 06, 2011:

Thanks! I appreciate your comments. That's helpful. I like personal tidbits in articles, too. Makes it more real. The salad really does "pop" with flavor! And it's so quick to make! I'll look forward to reading some of your hubs as well.

will345davis on August 06, 2011:

This looks delicious. I see myself going grocery shopping tomorrow. I must eat this. Your recipe doesn't seem hard to follow. I love how you put the personal tidbits about things you've tried, gives the hub a more personal touch.

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