Easy Tomato, Cucumber and Red Onion Salad

Though the term “comfort food” conjures up hearty stews, saucy spaghetti and warm apple pies to most, my idea of it ventures a little outside the box! Now, don’t get me wrong. I love a good roast and heap of hot mashed potatoes. But, you know what’s even more comforting? Knowing you can create something fabulous, fast and delicious from a handful of random stuff in your fridge.

That’s just what I did last night!

Yea, that’s right. This was one of those so-good-I-had-to-tell-you-about-it-NOW recipes. Simple as it may be, this fresh, summery salad made an incredibly scrumptious side to grilled steak and crusty bread. Sliced tomatoes, cucumber, red onion and garlic are simply dressed with a splash of olive oil and red wine vinegar. Toss a little fresh parsley and crumbled feta on top, and you’ve got yourself a healthy, colorful and super-simple side for weeknights and Greek nights!

Take it from hubby… he hardly came up for air, he gobbled his plate so fast! Love that boy, garlic breath and all.

If you love tomatoes (like us), you’ll flip for this tangy, quick summer salad. Serve it on the side of your favorite grilled meats, or as the main event with a big baguette for mopping up extra oil and juices! The bread is the best part, after all…

Feta and parsley aren’t necessary – the salad is delicious without either! But, if you’re craving a little creaminess and extra freshness, go for the good stuff. You can also substitute fresh mozzarella or grated parmesan for the feta, and basil in place of parsley. Get creative with your salad!

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Easy Tomato, Cucumber and Red Onion Salad

Yield: Makes 4 servings


4 medium Roma tomatoes, cut into wedges
1 medium cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
1/2 red onion, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tablespoons good-quality olive oil
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
Coarse salt and black pepper
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup crumbled feta, for serving


In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, cucumber, onion, garlic, olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper and parsley. Let stand at room temperature to allow flavors to marinate, at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours. Toss with a large spoon, sprinkle with feta and serve.


This salad is delicious served with grilled meats and crusty bread.

Feel free to omit the feta, or replace with fresh mozzarella or grated parmesan. Chopped basil can also be substituted for parsley.

Adapted from Rachael Ray


19 Responses to “Easy Tomato, Cucumber and Red Onion Salad”

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — March 28, 2014 @ 1:26 am

    I make a salad like this all summer long, love the freshness!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — March 28, 2014 @ 5:02 am

    Gorgeous fresh tomato salad, Georgia! Like Laura, we feast on this salad (creamy cucumber salad, too) all summer long. It just satisfies. Perfect with grilled steak. Thanks for sharing. Pinning!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — March 28, 2014 @ 6:25 am

    An easy peasy salad recipe. It looks crunchy and fresh.

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef — March 28, 2014 @ 6:55 am

    Those beautiful photos just scream summer to me. Sad that it’s Autumn here. :(

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    Julia — March 28, 2014 @ 7:05 am

    So fresh and gorgeous! This is the exact type of salad I’ve been craving lately! I love how flavorful and crisp it is – perfect now that the weather is warming up!

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    Megan — March 28, 2014 @ 8:41 am

    This looks wonderful. I make a summer salad like this with balsamic to go with steaks, burgers, etc. It’s so simple and good!

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health — March 28, 2014 @ 8:46 am

    i grew up eating a salad like this minus the cheese and its always so refreshing. it goes well with roasted dishes as well.

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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — March 28, 2014 @ 1:31 pm

    This salad makes me long for warmer weather! it looks so refreshing!

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — March 28, 2014 @ 5:41 pm

    I love fresh salad like this one. Most of my favorite recipes come together when I least expect it. This looks so fresh and amazing. Pinned.

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    Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking — March 28, 2014 @ 9:53 pm

    This is one my daughter’s (and mine) favorite salad! She asks me for it every day, although she likes to add sometimes just sour cream and salt…heehe
    Delicious and beautiful pictures!!!! Happy Spring to you!!!!

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    Lauren — March 28, 2014 @ 11:09 pm

    Looks SO fresh and delish! And I have all the ingredients in my house right now! (Love when that happens!)

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    Gaby — March 29, 2014 @ 1:57 pm

    This looks incredibly light and delicious, just perfect for spring!

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    Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen — March 29, 2014 @ 2:26 pm

    The tomatoes are looking better and better at the store lately. I think it’s time for a fresh, summery salad! Feta makes everything better, in my opinion.

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    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — March 29, 2014 @ 6:21 pm

    An excellent light and fresh salad for Spring.

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    Ashley — March 29, 2014 @ 7:34 pm

    Love this salad! So fresh and delicious! I’ve been making something similar lately to go with homemade pizza and I can’t get enough! Hope you are having a great weekend!!

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    Jeremy Norton — April 4, 2014 @ 9:27 am

    This looks really fresh and appetizing. I love this.

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    Karrie Lenoir — April 18, 2014 @ 12:26 pm

    Love this salad but I add bell pepper to it also – it gives it a gazpachoish taste.

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    Debbie Homoelle — September 28, 2014 @ 3:42 pm

    I am new to your site. I have tried several of your recipes and they are great but this is seriously delicious!! I doubled the recipe and am glad I did because everybody loved it! Thanks for te fantastic recipe!!

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    plasterer bristol — October 20, 2014 @ 11:22 am

    This sounds like a nice recipe to try, thanks for sharing this.


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