Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Mint: My Favorite Summer Grilling Side Dish
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We love to cook on the grill year-round, but the summer is when the real grilling happens. Nothing says summer like cooking outside and you can’t have an amazing grilled meal without the perfect summer side dish as a companion to your favorite grilled recipes. For me, that side dish is a tomato cucumber mint salad. It’s so light and easy to make and I almost guarantee that if you make this salad you will agree.
The ingredients are simple and you probably already have them in the house: grape tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, fresh mint (dried works in a pinch, too), red wine vinegar, olive oil, garlic powder, sugar, salt, pepper.
First you’re going to combine 1/3 cup of red wine vinegar, one tablespoon white sugar, one teaspoon salt, and two large cucumbers, peeled and seeded. Let the cucumbers marinate in the vinegar for a little while; I usually let them sit for about a half hour while I prep the meat for the grill.
After your cucumbers have marinated for a little while, add a pint of grape tomatoes cut into halves, a half of a small red onion, two tablespoons of olive oil, a half cup of chopped fresh mint, about 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste. If using dried mint I start with 1/4 cup and adjust to your taste from there. I usually end up using between 1/4 and a 1/2 cup.
It’s best if you make it ahead and let it sit in the refrigerator for a few hours, but it’s delicious even if you eat it right away.
That’s it! Really easy and so good! It’s the perfect companion to any meat that you may grilling from barbecued ribs to marinated chicken or pork chops. Not sure what to pair with this salad? Cookmore has great grilling recipe ideas to give you some inspiration.
Cucumber Tomato Mint Salad
- 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 large cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch slices
- 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 small red onion, sliced thin
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint, or between 1/4 - 1/2 cup dried mint
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a large bowl, combine vinegar, sugar, and salt. Mix in cucumbers, and marinate at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Gently toss tomatoes, onion, mint, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and olive oil with the marinated cucumbers.
Adapted from allrecipes.com http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Tomato-Cucumber-Salad-with-Mint/
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This looks like an awesome recipe! Thanks for sharing.
Not only is this beautiful but it looks incredibly refreshing for summer. Great side salad!
Oh yummy! I love a good cucumber salad. I am curious though; why do you scoop out the middle? Is it just a personal preference to not like the seeds?
I don’t always scoop them out. I think it looks nicer without them but taste wise it doesn’t matter. I probably leave the seeds more often than not.
This looks like such a fantastic salad, I never would have thought to make it! Next time we have a summer barbecue, I’ll have to try it! 🙂
That looks sooooo good! I love that it’s an easy recipe too. Definitely going to add this to our list of recipes to try.
Im not much of a cook but the recipe seems easy enough to follow and you are right i do have most of these in my already.
Yum! We love cucumbers and we even love it in smoothies. The salad looks delicious.
This sounds really good. I’m not sure I would have thought to combine mint and cucumber but it looks absolutely amazing and refreshing.
This salad is good without the mint but the mint is what takes it over the top. It’s so good!
This sounds like a delicious salad! I think it makes the perfect side item for when you are grilling!
Of course I have eaten cucumber tomato salad–but never with the addition of mint–sounds intriguing–gotta try this one.
That grill looks awesome! What an amazing looking side dish. I like that you marinate the cucumbers, I’m sure they taste zesty with those ingredients. Yum!
Yum. That looks super delicious. Salads are a really big hit at our house, and I’ve never ever added mint. What a nice, refreshing touch that must be!
You cut out my favorite part! I love the middle full of seeds in a cucumber. We’ve made a tomato cucumber salad many times, but I never thought to put mint in it. It sounds tasty!
I like cucumber seeds too and don’t always take them out. 🙂
I do not understand why my kids didn’t inherit my love for cucumbers! I know I wasn’t a tomato fan til I was an adult, but I love them now. This sounds so good!
I love them too. I’ve always been one to slice up a cucumber and eat it plain, even as a kid. Tomatoes too. My 4yo also loves tomatoes but my 15yo won’t touch them.
That cucumber salad sounds so good! I have to try it sometime. And your grill looks so awesome! Very pimped out! Our grills here are very basic. 🙂