Cucumber, Tomato and Red Onion Salad

"Great fresh salad that uses early summer vegetables. Very colorful too! Cooking time is the time for soaking the onions."
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  • Soak the red onion wedges in salted ice water for 30 minutes and then drain well.
  • Put the onion, cucumbers, and tomatoes in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper.
  • Mix together the vinegar, sugar, and canola oil in a small bowl until the sugar is dissolved. Add to the vegetables and toss well. Refrigerate.
  • To serve, add the chopped parsley and toss.

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  1. This salad has long been a family favorite-- growing up in my family, it was a summer staple. My son could eat it every day! Great with grilled anything-- so easy to make. I vary the vinegar used, but usually have seasoned (sweetened) rice vinegar, sometimes with a few tablespoons of balsamic vinaigrette added. Often I slice the cucumbers paper thin as they tend to absorb the vinegar/dressing flavor better. I season mine with salt, fresh ground pepper, dill, dried basil, and just a tad of Italian seasoning. Be sure to let it sit refrigerated for a time before serving so the flavors can develop. Keeps well in a covered refrigerator container for several days. Enjoy!
  2. This was great! Thanks for the idea about soaking the onions. They were still strong, but I feel like it made a big difference! <br/><br/>I cut everything in a lot smaller pieces than specified, but other than that I made it exactly as called for. It ended up swimming in dressing after sitting in the fridge for a couple hours, so if I'm going to make it again I might either use less dressing or I might serve it sooner after I made it. Thanks so much for the great recipe!
  3. I threw in some iceberg lettuce and used my blender for the dressing.Nice and light salad.
  4. A very nice light salad, and what the salted ice water does for the red onions is a surprise. Enjoyed very much, thanks for sharing!
  5. Bam! This is a darn good salad, one that deserves to be first and foremost in front of the line for goodness! I followed this exactly, after chilling the onion for one day. Perfect and very smooth tasting. And COLD! YUM! Made the "dressing" yesterday, so all the spices and sugar combined into goodness and was terrific. I resisted sticking my finger in for a taste. I used a spoon! :) I used fresh parsley, and added it towards the end of the marinating time. I also whirled the dressing up in my little blender and this added some air to the dressing which made it so very smooth and delicious! The tomatoes taste so delicate mixed with the cucumber & onion. Yum yum! Will make this often, if not everyday! Made for *Everyday is a Holiday* Novembre 2009


  1. Delicious, healthy salad and an attractive presentation. I like to serve this with Tex-Mex meals since the food is typically so heavy. This balances it out. Instead of 1 T parsley I used 1 T cilantro. Thanks for posting!



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