Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Creamy Herb Dressing
This Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Creamy Herb Dressing is bursting with goodness from cucumbers and tomatoes, folded together with a creamy yogurt-based dressing that’s chock-full of fresh herbs. If you’re looking for a salad big on fresh flavor, give this one a try!
A Fresh & Easy Summer Salad
Fresh salads are my thing. Not to say that a cheeseburger, a big slice of pizza, or an awesomely grilled salmon fillet aren’t wonderful, too. But I like variety on my plate, in flavors, colors, and textures. And a fresh salad always seems to do the trick for me.
This cucumber and tomato salad with creamy herb dressing DEFINITELY does the trick for me. It’s bright and colorful, loaded with veggies of varying textures, and bursting with flavor. Creamy herb dressing is made with a Greek yogurt base and a pinch of vinegar, then loaded with fresh herbs like dill and mint.
The end result is a salad that’s ridiculously satisfying, with a major crunch factor from the vegetables and the tangy, creamy dressing. I love serving this in the summertime with garden fresh vegetables and it pairs so perfectly with pretty much anything you pull off the grill!
Even better, you can prepare this ahead of time (just store things separately) so you literally just need 2 minutes to pull it together! Exactly what busy moms need!
What You’ll Need
This easy summer salad is bursting with veggies and fresh herbs!
- English cucumbers – I prefer English cucumbers because they’re sweeter and the skin is thinner, so no need to peel them.
- Grape tomatoes – Cherry tomatoes are also another good option or dice a larger variety.
- Red onion – I prefer the subtle sweetness of red onions to white onions in this recipe.
- Plain Greek yogurt – Makes this salad nice and creamy!
- Rice vinegar – Adds a bit of a tang to the dressing.
- Seasonings – I use a combination of dry mustard, onion powder, garlic powder and salt and pepper for flavor.
- Fresh herbs – The fresh herbs are truly the star of this salad and dressing! I use a combination of fresh dill, mint, Italian parsley, and fresh basil.
How to Make Cucumber Tomato Salad with Creamy Herb Dressing
One thing I love about salad is how easy it is to make. This one is no exception!
- Prepare the veggies. Cut the vegetables and add them to a large bowl.
- Prepare the herb dressing. Stir together all remaining ingredients. Pour over the vegetables and stir to combine. Sprinkle with black pepper and serve.
Tips for Success
This cucumber tomato salad is a breeze to make! For the best-tasting salad, just keep these few things in mind.
- Peeling the cucumbers is optional. If you don’t like eating the skin of cucumbers, or if the skins are particularly bitter-tasting, feel free to completely peel them prior to slicing. Sometimes I will just run a peeler down the length of the cucumber a few times, removing about half the skin and creating a pretty striped effect.
- Use small, fresh tomatoes. For this cucumber and tomato salad, you want to use smaller varieties of tomatoes like cherry or grape. Slightly large varieties like Roma will also work, just cut them into quarters, but you want to avoid big steak tomatoes. They tend to have too much juice and not enough flavor compared to other varieties.
- Let chill briefly. While you can serve this immediately, I like to pop it into the fridge for 15 minutes or so to give the flavors of the creamy herb dressing a chance to combine so every bite is infused with flavor.
This quick and easy salad can work as a side dish to almost anything. It’s perfect for summer when you have the fresh vegetables growing in your garden and are firing up the grill a few times a week. My absolute favorite way to serve this is with something off the grill. Then, you have an easy and delicious dinner that didn’t heat up the kitchen at all!
How to Store Leftovers
This salad is best enjoyed fresh but leftovers will last for 2 to 3 days. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. After two days, the salad will not taste as fresh and the vegetables may become a bit mushy.
Can I Make Cucumber Tomato Salad in Advance?
This can be prepared many hours in advance, or even the day prior to serving. Just store the cucumber mixture and dressing mixture in separate containers in the refrigerator, combining them just prior to serving.
More Easy Salad Recipes:
- Cucumber Salad
- Creamy Coleslaw
- Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad
- Strawberry Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette
Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Creamy Herb Dressing
- 3 English Cucumbers Sliced In Half Lengthwise And Then Sliced ¼ Inch Thick
- 2 c. Halved Grape Tomatoes
- ¾ c. Finely Chopped Red Onion
- 1 c. Plain Greek Yogurt
- 2 tsp. Rice Vinegar
- ½ tsp. Sugar
- ¼ tsp. Dry Mustard
- ¼ tsp. Onion Powder
- ¼ tsp. Garlic Powder
- ¼ tsp. Kosher Salt
- ¼ tsp. Black Pepper
- 4 tbsp. Chopped Fresh Dill
- 2 tbsp. Chopped Fresh Mint
- 2 tbsp. Chopped Fresh Italian Parsley
- 2 tbsp. Chopped Fresh Basil
- Add cucumbers, tomatoes, and onion to a large bowl. (If you don’t like eating the skin of cucumbers, or if the skins are particularly bitter-tasting, feel free to completely peel them prior to slicing. Sometimes I will just run a peeler down the length of the cucumber a few times, removing about half the skin and creating a pretty striped effect.)
- In a medium bowl, stir together the remaining ingredients to create the dressing. Pour over the cucumber mixture and fold gently to combine. Place salad in a serving bowl, sprinkle with a bit more black pepper, and serve immediately
- This can be prepared many hours in advance, or even the day prior to serving. Just store the cucumber mixture and dressing mixture in separate containers in the refrigerator, combining them just prior to serving.