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Easy Low Carb Tomato Cucumber Salad

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Cucumber tomato salad is a delicious and refreshing side dish made with fresh cucumbers and tomatoes. This salad offers the perfect combination of crunchy and juicy textures. The natural sweetness and acidity of the vegetables are complemented by a tangy homemade red wine vinaigrette.

Bowl of tomato cucumber salad.

This cucumber tomato salad is the perfect light, refreshing side dish that is low-carb and keto-friendly. You can enjoy this easy salad recipe all summer long as it makes the perfect accompaniment to any meal, especially summer barbecues. It’s great for casual dinners or potluck parties because it feeds a crowd without breaking the bank.

The best part is you don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen prepping – just chop up some fruits and veggies and toss them together with a quick dressing! There’s no added sugar, so you can feel good about eating it.

This recipe is proof that you can eat fruit and veggies while following a low-carb or keto diet. The recipe is by Faith Gorsky and Lara Clevenger and is one of 100+ recipes in their book, Keto BBQ – From Bunless Burgers to Cauliflower “Potato” Salad, 100+ Delicious, Low-Carb Recipes For a Keto-Friendly Barbecue.

Let’s take a quick look at the recipe.

Ingredients

For this super simple salad, you need the following ingredients:

  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • English cucumber
  • Tomatoes
  • Red onion
  • Parsley

How To Make Tomato Cucumber Salad

  • To have everything in place and ready to go, prepare the cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, and parsley.
  • Next, combine olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper in a large bowl to make the vinaigrette dressing.
  • Add the chopped fruits, veggies, and herbs to the bowl and toss.
Collage of pictures showing the steps of making a tomato cucumber salad.

You can make this simple salad a day before you plan on serving it. The extra time will allow the flavors to meld. Caution though – you don’t want to make this too far in advance because it only keeps for a couple of days in the refrigerator.

Bowl of tomato cucumber salad made with red onions, cilantro, and dressing.

Simple Substitutions

You can use any type of tomato that you have on hand. If you are counting calories and carbs, you can go to My Fitness Pal or WebMd’s Food Calculator to compare nutrition information. Tomatoes are not going to vary much when it comes to calories.

If you don’t have English cucumbers, simply use the standard grocery store cucumber like an American slicing cucumber.

Like cilantro? It works well in place of parsley. If you’re not a fan of either parsley or cilantro, try basil for a pop of color and to add a layer of flavor.


The ingredients for this cucumber and tomato salad are so simple but they come together beautifully to create one of the most satisfying salads out there. Add some protein like grilled chicken or shrimp on top if you want something more substantial. And if you’re feeling extra hungry, add some avocado too!

We hope this recipe becomes your new go-to summertime staple because we know how hard it is to find healthy recipes that taste great without breaking the bank or taking all day long! So grab those veggies from your fridge and get chopping today!

Bowl of tomato cucumber salad.

Tomato-Cucumber Salad

This easy cucumber tomato salad recipe makes a low-carb, healthy side dish that compliments any meal. A homeamde red wine vinaigrette complements fresh cut fruits and vegetables.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 57kcal

Equipment

  • Mixing bowl
  • Chef's knife

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ medium English cucumber chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes cored and chopped
  • ½ small red onion peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley minced

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper.
  • Add cucumber, tomatoes, onion, and parsley and toss together all ingredients. Serve.

Notes

Excerpted from Keto BBQ by Faith Gorsky and Lara Clevenger, MSH, RDN, CPT. Copyright © 2021 by Simon & Schuster, Inc. Used with permission of the publisher, Adams Media, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. All rights reserved.

If you don’t like parsley, you can use cilantro or basil.
Feel free to use your favorite type of tomato or cucumber.
It’s okay to remove the cucumber peel if you don’t like them.  Leaving the peel on will provide a little extra fiber.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 481IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
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If you are looking for more low-carb and keto-friendly grilling and barbecue recipes, be sure to check out the Keto BBQ cookbook. Look for it at your favorite bookstore or feel free to use my Amazon affiliate to purchase it online.

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