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Ready for some summer salad love? This Lebanese Cucumber and Tomato Salad is crunchy, tangy and cool – the best way to ring in the warm weather!
Lebanese Cucumber and Tomato Salad
Here’s one of my favorite Lebanese salads that’s packed with flavor and fits almost any diet: Tomato and Cucumber Salad! It’s simple and punchy, with a lemon vinaigrette dressing that packs in a tangy and garlicy flavor. It’s ideal for just about anytime: summer cookouts or pitch-ins, lunches, or an easy make-ahead side dish you can keep in the fridge for dinners all week.
I’ve been making this Lebanese tomato and cucumber salad for years, as my new summer go-to and the best side dish for any dinner.
Ingredients to Make Cucumber Tomato Salad:
(Full recipe with exact measurements at the end of this post)
Tomatoes: ripe tomatoes are absolutely key to making this Lebanese salad.
Fresh Mint: it’s best with fresh herbs, but adding a sprinkle of dried mint is also still fantastic.
Olive Oil: Extra-Virgin.
Lemon Juice: freshly squeezed.
Garlic: 1 garlic clove, crushed.
Salt: to taste.
How to make Lemon Vinaigrette
Lemon vinaigrette is a great complement to this salad – a bit of acidity to go with the cucumbers and tomatoes.
For this simple lemon vinaigrette, add crushed garlic, salt, lemon juice, and olive oil to a small bowl and vigorously whisk together until it is all fully incorporated. You can also add all the ingredients to a mason jar. Securely close it, and shake it all up until it is salad dressing consistency.
How to Make Lebanese Cucumber and Tomato Salad:
In a large salad bowl, combine the cucumbers, tomatoes and fresh mint.
In a small mason jar, mix garlic, salt, lemon juice and olive oil. Shake well until well combined.
Drizzle over the veggies and mix well.
Sprinkle with crushed dried mint if using.
Taste and adjust seasoning. Enjoy!
What to Serve with this Lebanese Salad:
The lemon vinaigrette will keep in the fridge for up to 1 week in an airtight container. Shake well before using.
If storing salad leftovers, best not to store with dressing on top, otherwise they will get soggy. Store the undressed salad in the fridge for up to 3 days in an airtight container.