Tomato, Cucumber and Red Onion Salad with Mint
Refreshing light summer salad.
Refreshing light summer salad.
This was a great snack while passing the time BBQ-ing with friends! Followed directions, but only snipped in a "little" mint, not the full amount. The mint really adds a little surprise to it! We had Sea Salt Bagel Crisps, spread some garlic and herb soft cheese on it, topped off with a cucumber/grape tomatoes sliced small/onions from the salad and really enjoyed it! Thanks - even better than Mom used to make!Read More
This was a great snack while passing the time BBQ-ing with friends! Followed directions, but only snipped in a "little" mint, not the full amount. The mint really adds a little surprise to it! We had Sea Salt Bagel Crisps, spread some garlic and herb soft cheese on it, topped off with a cucumber/grape tomatoes sliced small/onions from the salad and really enjoyed it! Thanks - even better than Mom used to make!
I've been making this salad (without the mint) for years-the mint was a new twist to the recipe that we all enjoyed!
The mint is an enjoyable change from basil or oregano, which are typically used in salads of this type. Great salad!
I made this salad for a big group of friends and nobody, including myself, liked it that much. I would suggest cutting down on the onions because the onion flavor really overwhelms the salad.
Perfect summer side dish, would be great at a barbeque. Found it to be a little too much liquid though, so next time I would reduce. Very tasty!
I didn't have mint, but it's fine without it. I would prepare the salad right before serving as it got extremely watery. Very tasty though.
I try to serve salads four or five times a week and get stuck in a real rut. This was not only different but delicious as well. I have worked it into one of my "standards".
The whole family LOVED this side-dish! My toddler asked for seconds five times...so I guess he asked for fifths. (He's a little unusual, though--i.e., loves raw onions--which is why I rated this a 3 for kid friendly.)
I didn't use fresh mint leaves because I didn't have any but did use dried mint. We liked this recipe.
I made it but did not have any mint so I omitted it. I still thought it was great
This salad is very yummy. The red wine and sugar marinade is delicious and adds a sweet yet almost acidic flavor. I added avocado which we love and it added a creamy texture to all the crunch. The mint was refreshing! This salad is very reminscent of a salad I make affectionately called "Drew's Salad" after my hubby who does not like lettuce. I make mine with all the ingredients here but also with chopped sweet peppers (the little ones you can get in the bag now.) I use Italian dressing or oil/balsamic, but I think I will keep making this salad and yummy dressing but continue to add avo and also peppers.
Thanks! I needed a good base recipe for tomato and cucumber salad. Skip the mint and substitute rice wine vinegar for the red wine vinegar and you have Noodles & Co's cucumber tomato salad recipe! I sprinkle it with celery salt, too.
Loved the recipe, but I'm giving this 4 stars instead of 5 because I made a few changes. I only had one cucumber and one tomato and no fresh mint, so I used half of one red onion instead of the 2/3 cup. I diced the cucumber and tomato, put them in a collander and let them sit in the sink for fifteen minutes or so. Then I sprinkled them with 1.5 tsp salt, tossed them to distribute the salt, and put them back in the sink for 2 hours. Rinsed off the salt, drained them, and made the dressing. For 1 cucumber, 1 tomato, and half a red onion, I used 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar, 1 tsp sugar, and 2 tsp dried mint. Combined everything in a bowl, popped it in the refrigerator, and it was fantastic the next day. Yes, that's a lot of steps, but each of them takes what? Thirty seconds? It's pobably about fifteen minutes active prep time, and most of that is chopping veggies.
This is a DELICIOUS salad...and the only reason that I gave it 4 stars is due to the revisions that I made. The best advice I can give anyone looking to try a new recipe, is to read the reviews from other cooks who have tryed it first. Very valuable and well worth afew extra mins to do some reading! I used Rice Wine Vinegar rather than the much stronger suggested Red Wine. I cut back abit on the sugar and added one minced Garlic Clove and alittle Celery seed as well. I cut the seeded Cukes in chunks and salted them in a colander in the frig for about an hour to draw out some of the water. Other reviews mentioned that the Red onion was over-powering. As a result I used only 1/4 of a red Onion;sliced very thin and steeped it for 5 mins. in hot water and then drained to 'soften' the sharpness,then added 5 Green onions; sliced to make up the difference lost in the amount. One other thing that was unclear is WHAT KIND of Mint to use. I have 3 different kinds growing in my herb bed. I used Peppermint in this recipe and minced it finely ( again a suggestion from another review )Peppermint was brighter in taste than the Spearmint I sampled in the garden. Top with Feta Cheese if you have some..yummy! Overall.VERY GOOD salad. Both my Husband and I really enjoyed it with Rosemary Salmon and fresh Corn-on-the-Cob. Well worth trying and adjusting to your own personal tastes. :)
Didn't change a thing and we couldn't stop eating it - thanks for the recipe.
so good, i love this recipe!
I seeded the tomato and cucumber, but it still became so "watery" - did I do it right?
Great recipe to use the abundance of summer crops! I substitute fresh basil for mint.
Great recipe and I love the mint! The ONLY thing I will be sure to do next time is chop up the mint super super fine - I enjoyed the taste of the mint but not chewing the leaves themselves!
Everyone raved about this one! They definitely want me to make it again. I loved the combination of flavors. They all seemed to work well together. This recipe wouldn't be the same if you took something out.
VERY GOOD RECIPE. I MADE THIS FOR OUR 4TH OF JULY GATHERING AND IT WAS ENJOYED BY ALL. THANKS!
Keeps well and a big hit with dieters
I prepared this salad for myself first - then my family. We all really liked it, except the mint was a little heavy! Tried it again minus the mint and used a little leamon juice. It is wonderful.
For those who thought there was too much liquid...slice the cucumber down lenthwise and scrape out the center seeds...then chop the cucumber into bite size chunks. I've made this for years but usually just add zesty italian dressing and no mint. This receipes just gives a little different twist.
This is a great recipe! A unique twist on an old favorite!
I would make this again. I used green onion instead of red onion and red wine vinegar instead of white wine vinegar - because it's what I had onhand, and it worked great.
This was great althought I left out the mint. Goes great with Triscuits
Greatastic salad! It's so fresh and healthy and I love the unusual touch given by sugar and mint. I used balsamic vinegar instead of red wine and didn't bother to marinate beforehand because I was in a hurry. I don't think it'd make a huge difference.
I think this salad is awesome. I served it with Parmesan-breaded chicken, which it complimented very well. It's refreshing and different as far as salads go.
It's simple and delicious! I would definitly make this again!
If anyone is doing WW I put this into the Recipe Builder and it comes out to 3 Points under the new Points Plus system because of the Olive Oil. The only thing I'd like to know is the serving size - yes I know you get 6 servings out of this, but how big? Is it a cup, 1/2 cup? Definitely a nice, easy salad for the summer. Thank you for posting!!
Loved it! Our garden has produced an abundance of cucumbers, so I've used at least 3 different salads from this site. I really like the mint flavor with the red wine vinegar. I only used about 1 Tbsp of olive oil and I always substitute green onions for red onions since my husband doesn't like red ones.
Delicious! Used my own home~grown mint. Thank you for sharing this recipe.
I loved this recepe sometimes I add feta. I have made it twice in 4 weeks and I am going to make it now. :) Yum
Excellent salad. The combination of flavors, and especially the mint, remind me of wonderful foods we ate while living in the Middle East. For supper tonight, I paired this with a slow cooker Chicken Curry and rice. Thanks for this post.
Brilliant! Perfect summer treat!
I like this combination, but found the recipe very salty and had to add more sugar and vinegar to try and balance out the saltiness. I also cut the olive oil because it didn't seem necessary. It wasn't. The dressing was watery, but that was fine by me, and it marinaded the veggies so it's even better after a day in the fridge. I liked the amount of mint in the recipe and wouldn't reduce it, it provides a nice fresh taste.
I so loved this salad! I used fresh heirloom tomatoes (red and yellow) and a cuke right out of my neighbors garden. I was really surprised how the mint mellowed out in this salad. The red onion is key and there was a subtle sweetness from the sugar, the tartness of the vinegar with the freshness of the mint. Great combo of flavors. Served with Spicy Shrimp Skewers and Zucchini Patties from this site. A yummy recipe...thanks!
Very nice salad. Best to make it in the morning so the flavors blend. I have had to make it with cider vinegar and it was still very good.
I guess I shouldn't rate this because I didn't add the mint. I hope the mint makes all the difference because this was nothing special.
Fresh and yummy! I chopped up the tomatoes and let them sit while the cucumbers were in vinegar, then drained the liquid before tossing together.
I've been made fun of for making this, for years! So glad to see that other people enjoy it too. I've never known how to dress it up and thanks to you now I can. I always had it with just tomatoes, cukes, vinegar, salt, pepper! And folks out there concerned about it getting watery, not a problem. Cukes and tomatoes are so full of water, the ingredients bring out that water. But I just eat this delicious, refreshing snack and leave the water in my dust. It's always going to "sweat" I believe it's called, just because of it's character. Not a problem for me, I use a fork and the water just drains right through to the bottom of the dish. :o)
I had high hopes for this salad as I liked all the ingredients, and I have mint growing in the garden. However, it was just average. It just didn't work for us. Sorry, but thanks for sharing.
7/13/06 I only used 1/2 the salt and 1/3 the oil to make it healthier still. (We will see if the left overs turn out.) I also used cherry tomatoes, quartered with seeds because that is what I have from my garden. It made a more attractive salad. I did not have any fresh mint so I used 1 Tbls. of dried crushed mint. It was wonderful!!P.S. Marinating with the salt draws out the water from the cucumbers, but I think that is the point, to make dressing. Try using 1/2 the salt and it should reduce the water.
I always get compliments when serving this salad. I too cut done on the mint so it's not so overwhelming. I've even sprinkled crushed peanuts on top right before serving.
A great side dish for a picnic.
Great recipie. I gave it 4 because the vinegar was a little too strong. I recommend not using quite as much. Still a very good easy salad. Suggestion: to cut the mint I reccomend using sizzers.
I followed this exactly (VERY unlike me) and it was wonderful!!!
Very yummy remind me of a greek salad minus the black olive. Didn't have any mint but turned out great. next time will add some black olives and feta.
Made this tonight using mint from my garden.I used less sugar and oil and it was delicious
I like the sweet flavor. Great summer side.
This was very good but I felt it needed a little more flavor so I added a tablespoon of dijon and that livened it right up!
Im soo glad i found this. I have been looking for this salad for so long because it reminds me of the salad i love at the restaurant we love to eat, they actually serve it very chilled on top of lettuce. SOO good, i did just as recipe called for, let chill for about 2 hours, and added on top of chopped lettuce just like the restaurant! thanks
I would've never thought about putting mint in a salad but it grows wild in my herb garden so gave it a try. My son and his gal were here and they loved it. I used three cucumbers and still had a ton of juice, and felt it was a bit overpowering in the vinegar, so next time I'll use less vinegar and maybe cider or rice vinegar because the red wine discolors the salad. But I will put mint in more salads, it surprisingly adds a nice refreshing flavor and not real minty tasting.
I loved this recipe but I omited the mint. It was fantastic!!!
Cannot be much more simple than this. Tasty too. A keeper.
I make this salad all the time but in place of the mint I use fresh finely chopped parsley and pinch of celery salt and instead of seeding the tomatoes I use grape tomatoes cut in half. My family loves this salad, there is never any left after a meal
Excellent salad for a change of pace! Very tangy sweet/sour dressing makes a great side dish for any entree. My husband gets kind of tired of the "tomato" salads as my garden overfloweth! He loved this fresh and spicy alternative! Fixed it exactly as posted!
Excellent combination !!! I topped it off with some Feta and substituted the vinegar with Lime Juice.
Quick and delicious! I have always left the seeds in when I made tomato/cucumber salad before...I took the time to seed them and they were perfect. I used regular vinegar and added a couple small yellow bell peppers. What a pretty presentation! I put the whole salad in a freezer bag and let it marinade in the fridge. Yummy!!
This recipe is a jewel. I made this with homegrown heirloom tomatoes, 6 persian (mini) cucumbers, and mint. Reminiscent of a mediterranean/middle eastern salad, so it's probably a great compliment to any dish along those lines... but also great by itself!
We have been making this salad at home since I can remember, to this date it is my FAVORITE!!! It is super fresh.. It is also alwesome mixed in with warm rice or with couscous!!
I really liked this recipe. I did tweak it just a bit, adding about twice the sugar and using balsamic vinegar instead. Thanks much.
I liked the flavors blended together. What I did not like was the large chunks of veggies. Next time I will cut cucumber into quarters and use halved cherry tomatoes instead.
I had a lot of cucumbers to use so this recipe was great. I did cut the mint in half and I still thought it was a bit too much. I also cut the olive oil down to 2 tbs, and that seemed to work well. All in all a very refreshing side dish. Thank you!
I was looking for a new mint recipe because we have so much of it growing around our house. I happened to have all of the ingredients for this laying around so I threw it together for a party and it was a huge hit. The only thing that I changed was that I didn't add as much onion that the original recipe called for, but that was it. The pile of fresh mint was a huge hit. Thanks for sharing this one. I'll be making this a lot.
I brought this to a funeral since everyone usually brings casseroles and sweets - Everyone appreciated it.
This recipe is similar to one of my country's (Iran) salad, the name is Shirazi salad, and we just use a chopped small onion , chopped tomatoes and cucumbers, and for dressing we add lime juice, salt and dry mint. Enjoy it!
I used regular vinegar and slightly more sugar. This was such a simple and refreshing recipe. Went great with our kebabs and pita.
This was a very unique salad. The mint was a pleasant change. Thank you!!!
on paper this recipe sounded great... however, i think that there was far too much vinegar and it overwhelmed the balance of the salad. also, i thought that the mint sounded like a creative and unusual addition and i was excited to use it (i even bought a mint plant!) but honestly if i make this again i won't use it. it just tasted "out of place"...
I don't normally like onions in my salads, so I only made half the recipe. Was wishing I had made the whole recipe as I could have eaten it all. Very good.
This was delicious just as the recipe was written. It was a huge hit at our 4th of July picnic. Already making it again tonight for a small summer cook out! Thanks
This was a nice salad, but next time I will use less vinegar and a bit more oil.
OK salad - nothing great...
I made this without the mint as my boyfriend hates it. Still came out yummy. I served it over couscous seasoned with a little salt, pepper, olive oil, and Asiago cheese.
This is one of my favorite salads to make when I have extra cucumbers and tomatos on hand. I usually only add half the amount of olive oil called for, and it turns out great. I've also made it without mint (when I didn't have any but wanted this salad), and it still tasted great.
I tried this recipe with a little cilantro added and it was fantastic!
My husband and I really enjoyed this delicious salad! Thanks so much for the recipe :)
I'm not a huge fan of cucumber, but this recipe is wonderful! The mint makes the salad. We had fresh mint in our garden and a cucumber from our neighbors' garden on hand. I used halved cherry tomatoes instead of the suggested large tomatoes, and cut back a little on the vinegar & the salt. Thanks for this great summer recipe!
I thought this recipe was really tasty. A wonderful light summer salad. I did not change a thing.
This is a delicious salad for this time of year with fresh produce from your garden or the farmer's market. The use of mint adds to the fresh flavor of this salad. I agree with other reviewers that it has too much liquid. The next time I make it I won't do the first step an hour ahead of time because I believe the salt draws moisture from the cucumbers. I may also cut back a little on the vinegar and olive oil. I will definitely be making this salad again.
Delicious! I left out the oil and reduced the sugar slightly (to 2 tsp). I got to use loads of mint from my garden. Delicious and fresh!
This is SO good! I loved it alongside our grilled steaks. The perfect summer sidedish :)
Great recipe! The addition of the mint (I used dried) kept the flavour nice and light! Will use this recipe again!
This recipe is wonderful! So light and refreshing. The dressing is wonderful and can be used in other things. A very good summer recipe.
delicious , easy and healthy! I have made this a few times now with no modifications. Perfect
Loved this! Such an amazing blend of flavors. Since I'm on a diet and have to avoid most fat I left out the oil and juiced half of a lemon instead. SO tasty. Also, instead of sugar I now use Truvia and it only took 2 packets. I will make this again for sure!
I really enjoyed the freshness of this salad! The mint gives it a whole new twist! Thanks!
This has to be the best and simplest dressing I have ever made! A great balance of acid/oil/sweetness. I served it over a salad of cucumbers, red onions, tomatoes, romaine lettuce and mint leaves. Will definetly make this again and again. Thanks for such a great recipe!
Very pretty, very tasty, and very easy. Next time I might try chopping the cucumber instead of slicing so that all the veggies are the same shape.
I halved the recipe to use 1 cucumber, I reduced the salt and used green onions for the red, really nice and fresh, great for our BBQ.
With our summer garden producing record amounts of tomatoes and cucumbers, this was an excellent way to get rid of some of them in a refreshing dish. Here are a couple changes that I felt enhanced the recipe. First, I used seasoned salt rather than regular salt. I felt that it needed a little more umpf, and it really gave it that extra flavor. In regards to the onion being too strong, there are 2 simple changes that can be made and will make the onion flavor more mild and enjoyable. First, slice the onions very thinly and into the crescent shape rather than coarsely. Secondly, mix all ingredients (including onions) together with dressing and allow to sit for an hour, stirring or shaking once in awhile. As the onions sit with the other ingredients, they will become more mild, and the flavors will meld.
Exceptional and plates up very nice. I used fresh mint from my garden, so I used a little less.
I could eat this every single day. I used fresh dill, instead of mint and a squirt of fresh lemon juice at the end.
My family has been making this type of salad for years, but we just dice the cucumber, tomato, and onion, optional mint/parsley/chives or other green, add salt and pepper to taste and some lemon juice, the lemon juice gives it a great flavor. With the lemon juice though this salad is best served fresh, although it is still pretty good the second day it gets rather watery, the salt makes it watery too.
The only real change I made was using dried mint and it turned out fantastic! Thank you for this tasty and EASY salad recipe. Refreshing and healthy...