June 24, 2013

cucumber, tomato & red onion salad

Summer time in my mother's kitchen always included a few things. Iced tea and garden veggies to name a few. Among the veggies that came out of our garden in abundance were cucumbers. So much so that this little cucumber, tomato and red onion salad became a staple side dish during the summer months. The addition of the basil is my own but the rest is just how I always remember having this simple salad on our dinner table.  

I love how simple it is as well as the use of apple cider vinegar in the recipe.

We continue to hear about the benefits of apple cider vinegar {or ACV}.  What's the hype with apple cider vinegar? Well, benefits include a strengthened immune system, increased stamina, improved digestion, increased metabolism and even aiding in diabetes and lowering high cholesterol. {Read more about the benefits here.} Those things alone make it something I want more of in my diet. 

When choosing ACV you want one that is preferably organic and hasn't been distilled or treated as that process removes the beneficial nutrients. Look for a cloudy appearance (sediment called the "mother"). I recommend Bragg's. 

This simple salad is a perfect way to add a little ACV to your diet.

{cucumber, tomato and red onion salad}

  • 2 large cucumbers, sliced on an angle
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 tomatos, cut into wedges
  • 1/3 cup Apple Cider Vinegar 
  • pinch of salt
  • a few grinds of fresh black pepper
  • 4 basil leaves, rolled up and finely sliced
Combine the cucumbers, onion, and tomato in a medium sized bowl. Add salt and pepper and then toss with the apple cider vinegar. Allow this to sit for 30 minutes {or while you make the rest of your dinner!} to let the flavors develop. 
Add the basil and give the salad another gentle toss before serving. 


  1. I just posted a simple pasta salad recipe, but now I really want to try this one. Looks delicious :)

    Stopping by from the BetterMom link up!

    Marissa @ OurLittleFamily

    1. Thanks Marissa! I'm hopping over to check out your pasta salad recipe. Thanks so much for stopping by:)

  2. I love things like this in the summertime. Fresh and cool and perfect with grilled food!! The basil in it is a great idea!

    1. Thanks Leslie! The basil in it adds such a nice flavor:) Thanks for stopping by!

  3. this looks delicious!
    I really need to add ACV to my daily eating!

    1. Thanks Rachel:) I think we all could use a little more ACV in our eating:) Thanks for the comment:) Blessings!

  4. I love this salad, Heather! And your picture of it makes me want to dive right in with my fork! :)

  5. Pinning this to my Summer Recipes board. We love tomatoes and cukes, so this recipe will be perfect! Thank you for sharing. I'm a new follower.

  6. Though we didn't keep a garden, my mother often made this salad through the summer months. My mouth is watering, and teary remembering my mom. Brings back childhood memories!
    I like the addition of the fresh basil - love basil! I know what I"ll be serving my family this week. thank you!

    1. Linda~Isn't it amazing how food can bring back such wonderful memories? That is one of my favorite parts of being in my kitchen...remembering the smells and tastes of my own childhood while creating new memories for my own children. What a blessing!


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