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Simple Summer Salad

One of my favorite parts of summer is when the cucumbers plants start producing all those delicious cucumbers. Once they start producing look out, you will have plenty. We eat them almost every day in the summer. Today I am sharing a recipe using cucumbers. It’s easy to make but, so delicious. All the ingredients can be grown in your own backyard garden.

You’ll need:

1 cucumber

1/2 medium sweet onion

1 tomato

2 cloves garlic

a handful of fresh basil

3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup champagne vinegar

In a medium bowl add diced cucumber

add diced sweet onion

add diced tomatoes

add minced garlic

add chopped fresh basil and mix

In a small jar add 1/4 cup champagne vinegar and 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil. If you want to make less dressing use a 1 – 3 ratio. 1 part vinegar and 3 parts olive oil. I always make extra to use at a later time. It will keep a couple weeks in the refrigerator.

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Shake and pour over the salad right before you eat it. You can really taste the all the fresh vegetables when you use a simple vinaigrette dressing. Great simple summer salad ๐Ÿ™‚


Simple Summer Side Dish

This simple salad is made with only a few garden fresh ingredients.

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 large cucumber
  • 1/2 sweet onion
  • 1 medium/large tomato
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • a handful of fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup champagne vinegar


  1. In a medium bowl add diced cucumber
  2. Add diced sweet onion.

  3. Add diced tomato.

  4. Add minced garlic.

  5. Add fresh basil.

12 thoughts on “Simple Summer Salad”

  1. Grandma Kc says:

    Diane that sounds wonderful! How many tomatoes did you use for one cucumber?

    1. Diane says:

      1 tomato ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Terri S. Vanech says:

    One of my favorite summer salads. Sometimes I use red onion instead and/or throw fresh mozzarella in. Some good crusty bread and you’re in heaven!

  3. Jutta@HungryLittleGirl says:

    This is exactly what I need tonight! It’s so hot here and I am not able to eat anything warm ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza – can’t wait to see what you share next week ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Susan D says:

    mmmmm love it! thanks for sharing at my Sunday Funday Linky Party!


  5. PinKixx says:

    This sounds a very refreshing summer salad and I love sweet onion! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Michelle says:

    Sadly, rabbits (or something) ate all of my cucumber plants! I like your idea to use a simple dressing to make the fresh produce shine. Nice salad! Thank you for linking with See Ya in the Gumbo this week. Nice to have you stop in!

    Michelle @Ms. enPlace

  7. bj says:

    This looks really good…love salads year ’round.
    Over from Home to 4 Kids

  8. Judy Haughton-James says:

    Healthy and yummy! Thanks for sharing Diane!

  9. Miz Helen says:

    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a great 4th of July and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

  10. Kerry says:

    I am very impatiently awaiting the first cucumber– I love to eat mine with some tomato and a nice lemon dressing.

    Thanks for sharing your recipe on A Humble Bumble’s Healthy Tuesday Blog Hop- I hope you will join us again this Tuesday!
    Kerry from Country Living On A Hill

  11. veronica lee says:

    Ooooo! I love salads! This looks so refreshing and scrummy!

    I usually serve mine Japanese style with sesame dressing.

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