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Mediterranean Cucumber Tomato Salad

mediterranean cucumber tomato salad

This Mediterranean Cucumber Tomato Salad is so simple yet SO delicious I probably serve it alongside dinner or lunch about 4 times a week during the Spring and Summer time.

It’s just sooo bright, refreshing, nutritious and light. I could honestly eat it every night of the year and be one very happy gal.

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But I usually wait until the juicy, vibrant, plump, red tomatoes start coming into season. Fresh, organic tomatoes in this salad really make all the difference.

Let’s talk for a second about the sandy, wintertime tomatoes offered in the grocery store all winter long. Blech!! Honestly, if you use those grainy, tasteless tomatoes in this salad you’ll be sorry! The tomatoes are the s-t-a-r of this Mediterranean Cucumber Tomato Salad so choose the freshest and juiciest ones you can find! πŸ˜‰

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No sandy tomatoes here.

Unless you are eating this Mediterranean Cucumber Tomato Salad on a sandy beach in the actual Mediterranean. And in that case, I am very jealous. 

Do you guys have a particular dish that reminds you of a certain place? One reason I love this salad so much is because it reminds me of the Aegean sea in Turkey. My wonderful Stepmom is Turkish and whenever the family goes back to visit her folks, this salad is one of my favorite dishes. I probably eat it everyday I am there. 

I mean, look at that plate of delicious food!!

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The sea + the hot sun + family + this salad – what more could a girl ask for? #BringOnTheSalad #BringMeBackToTheSea πŸ˜‰

mediterranean cucumber tomato salad

Can you guys tell I’m having vacation nostalgia as I finish up this Master’s, lol! Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend wherever you are in the world πŸ™‚

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Mediterranean Cucumber Tomato Salad

  • Author: Ceara
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


A light, vibrant, easy to throw together Mediterranean Cucumber Tomato Salad perfect alongside any savory meal all Summer long. Use a mix of both cilantro and parsley or one or other depending on your taste preference.


  • 67 organic tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cucumbers, chopped
  • 1 hot red pepper (seeds in if you like a “kick”!)
  • 1 stalk green onion, finely chopped
  • 1/31/2 cup cilantro/parsley chopped
  • 1/41/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt


  1. Chop up all the vegetables and cilantro/parsley. Throw the chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, red peppers (seeds in if you like a spicy “kick”). green onion and chopped parsely/cilantro into a large bowl.
  2. Pour in the freshly squeezed lemon juice and sea salt. Stir together. Add in additional sea salt or lemon juice to taste. Enjoy!


1) Do a mixture (half and half) of parsley and cilantro or use entirely one or the other instead for a slightly different take on this salad.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins

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If you try this  Mediterranean Cucumber Tomato Salad, I love hearing about it and seeing your delicious #CearasKitchen creations. Share your photos with me on Instagram @CearasKitchen (and remember to tag #CearasKitchen so I don’t miss it!) or share it on my Ceara’s Kitchen Facebook page

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  1. Hi Ceara:-)

    This looks so yummy! Can’t wait to make it this week. Quick question – Do you core and seed the tomatoes before chopping or do you leave the seeds in?


  2. Hello Ceara,

    I used Kumiato sweet brown grape tomatoes, no cucumber. In addition, I diced up a jalapeno pepper(no seeds) along with the red hot peppers. Also, added some green bell pepper(quarter) with one small sweet yellow, orange, and red pepper each diced. Squeezed a little lime on along with the lemon. It’s a version of a tomato salad that is delicious. Thank you for your recipe without oil.

  3. Hi I was wondering what the cilantro/parsley meant. Is that a half and half mixture of the 2, or does it mean to pick one and use jsut that? Thanks!

    1. Hi David,

      You can use either parsley or cilantro or a mix of both – the total amount equaling up to 1/2 cup.

      Hope this answers your question!


  4. My husband just made this for my mom’s birthday party today. TO DIE FOR!! Delicious! Thank for the recipe.

    1. So happy you guys enjoyed it! πŸ™‚ Thank you for the lovely feedback!! Happy Birthday to your mom!! πŸ™‚

      1. Hi Ceara,
        I think you are leaving out the most important ingredient to make it really Turkish – Pomegranate Molasses or the Spanish version, Melaza De Granada. Just drizzle this over the salad and maybe cut the lemon juice in half. Another item they normally add is chopped red onion.
        I’m going to make this tonight!

    2. What are you incigatind, man? I recognize everyones got their own opinion, but really? Listen, your web log is cool. I like the work you put into it, specially with the vids and the pics. But, come on. Theres gotta be a better way to say this, a way that doesnt make it seem like most people here is stupid!

  5. This is such a wonderful and easy recipe Ceara! I was drawn to it because my daughter and hubby both LOVE tomatoes and cucumbers, me not so much, lol, but I knew it would be perfect for them and I was right! It was such a hit with them and I love, loved how easy it was so make! I plan on making this a lot for them, thanks so much for such a pretty and easy recipe!!

    1. I am SO pleased your hubby and daughter enjoyed this simple salad, Brandi! Thank you so much for your feedback! Your photo on Instagram of it is absolutely gorgeous! It is such a simple salad we honestly make it all the time around here all summer long! πŸ™‚ Happy it will be a Summer regular salad for your family too!!

  6. This salad looks awesome Ceara!! I could eat this as a side dish to all my meals too! And I so agree with you, there is no room for those gross tasteless tomatoes in a salad like this! Only fresh ones all summer long!

  7. I can totally understand your love for Turkish food, Ceara! The salad is definitely a bomb and looks so flavorful and refreshing! I am so much acquainted in our household to this flavor! I would just add a drizzle of extra Virgin olive oΓ―l to suit my taste and my love for olive oΓ―l! Outstanding salad, Ceara! Pinning!

    1. Thank you so much, Hadia! Turkish food is my favorite cuisine – it is so flavorful and delicious πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for the pin and have a wonderful day!

  8. YUM! This looks amazing! Perf to go with lunch or dinner! Lovely recipe!! …also I hear ya on vacation nostalgia! I love looking back at old pix! SO fun!!

  9. Ceara! I love this recipe! I have a garden that will have almost all the ingredients for this salad! pinned this! it will be a perfect-healthy-and light salad to make this summer when my veggies start coming up! YUMMM!

  10. Looks so simple and bright and vibrant Ceara! This would be perfect for my hubby and daughter since they both love fresh tomatoes and cucumbers so much! I am not a big fan of them, but I make them freshly cut cucumbers and tomatoes ALL the time, so this would really take it up a notch. I’m totally making this for them! I’ll let you know when I do. Just need to get some fresh veggies. I just fed them the last cucumbers last night, lol.

    1. Oh and by the way, what share system are you using for you pin buttons, FB buttons etc. up top? That is a lot of pins for just one day, so I’m assuming it is tracking ALL pins from all over pinterest. The way mine works is just shows the pins for when people actually visit the site and click the pin button, it doesn’t include all the ones from WITHIN pinterest. Thanks girl!

    2. Thank you so much, Brandi! Your hubby and daughter would love this if they are a fan of tomato/cucumber dishes πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to hear your feedback!

  11. What a light and refreshing salad Ceara! I absolutely love all things tomato (favorite food ever!!) and cucumbers are not far behind, but never have I combined the two this way. Exciting! And don’t you feel like the puffiness goes away under your eyes when you eat cucumbers? Especially after having a bad nights sleep. Well, maybe!!!

    1. Thank you, Laura!! πŸ™‚ Yay for fresh tomatoes – they are one of my favorite vegetables as well. And yes, cucumber really do help with the puffiness – they are such a magic food. Love them!!

  12. I’m obsessed with cucumbers and tomatoes together. When I lived in a little apartment in the city, I often made a similar salad and would eat only that for dinner for like 4 days straight! So yum!! Your pictures are gorgeous too!

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