With summers approaching we all need something light and refreshing to energize ourselves. The crunchiness of onion and cucumber with the perfect punch of juicy tomatoes is what makes this salad a real crowd pleaser. This recipe of marinated cucumber onion tomato salad will disappear from the dinner table in no time. It will always be a hit dish whenever you make it, so we advise you to make plenty of it and enjoy every last cucumber.
What is here for ‘keep your carbs low’ squad?
Ketogenic diet focuses on cutting down carbs and encouraging fat. So a salad is a perfect meal to fill up your stomach, just add some protein in it. You have so many options to do so. Either boil or grill a piece of chicken and shred it into the salad bowl. Other options include adding cheese, dry fruits or seafood if you like. Avoid using vegetable oil and replace it with extra virgin olive oil. Whenever on diet, enjoy this refreshing salad power packed with protein as your lunch.
1 Cup Water
1/2 Cup Distilled White Vinegar
1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
1/4 Cup Sugar
2 Teaspoons Salt
1 Tablespoon Black Pepper- fresh and coarsely ground
3 cucumbers- peeled and sliced 1/4-inch thick
3 Tomatoes- cut into wedges
1 Onion- sliced and separated into rings
Make your Salad
As soon as summer season crops hit the supermarket, go get your required juicy and fresh veggies for this classic summer salad.
First wash your vegetables and dry them completely. Take a wooden board and start chopping onions, cucumber, and tomato. You can either dice them or chop everything large. It’s up to your preference. Many people don prefer to eat cucumbers with skin, so if you are one of them you may peel off the skin using a vegetable peeler. Add all chopped vegetables in a large bowl and toss them using a spoon.
Make your Dressing
You cannot go wrong with this dressing. It is simple to make, and tastes light and refreshing in flavor. The process is quite basic. In your bowl of vegetable add mentioned quantities of vinegar, olive oil, vegetable oil, salt, sugar, black pepper, and water. Toss and stir the vegetables so that dressing is evenly coated on all vegetables. The vegetables will release their own juice as well and further enhances the flavor when mixed with dressing.
Cover with a foil and refrigerate so that the vegetables get rich in flavor by absorbing the dressing. Take the bowl out after it is chilled. Without any doubt this is the perfect bowl of summer salad.
Make ahead in time and freeze
As summers are coming up you might want to make a large bowl of your favorite bowl of salad so you can enjoy it from time to time. Good thing for you that it can be made and stored for a couple of days. If you are planning to reserve it for future days, this is what you need to do:
1 – Mix the ingredients required for salad in a large salad bowl and whisk.
2 – Chop your onion and add it to the salad bowl
3 – Cover with a foil and refrigerate up to 2-3 days.
The onions inside the dressing will help bring our flavor from the dressing. And do not worry your onions will remain crispy and fresh. Whenever you want to make a small simply chop cucumbers and tomatoes, then add them to the prepared dressing and toss. Refrigerate for a while and serve chilled.
Add more ingredients and have some fun!
Do you want to add more flavor to your salad? Go ahead and add your favorite fruits into the bowl and dig right in. A few suggestions are mentioned right below that will taste good.
Avocados: Take a ripe avocado and dice it down into your salad bowl. Its sweet creamy flavor really goes with the dressing so we are sure that you will enjoy it if you appreciate the taste of avocado.
Cherry Tomatoes will also blend well in the salad. You can substitute them for regular tomatoes.
To give your seasoning a more Mediterranean touch, add freshly chopped herbs such as dill, basil, parsley, or dried oregano.
Add some chopped fresh dill or some dried Italian seasoning for more flavor.
This salad is the champion of all salads. It’s perfectly balanced taste makes it stand out and can be served as a sideline with the following:
– A spoonful with scrambled eggs for your breakfast
– Tastes great with baked fish, grilled chicken
– A spoonful on top of hummus as an appetizer
– Dish out as salsa alongside tortilla chips
Nutrition Per Serving:
Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Total Fat 2.7g
Dietary Fiber 1.1g
Total Sugars 2.4g