Quick and Easy Cucumber Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Summer is just around the corner, and there’s nothing quite like a refreshing salad to enjoy on a warm day. If you’re looking for a quick and easy lunch option that’s both healthy and delicious, look no further than this scrumptious summer salad recipe. Packed with crisp cucumbers, tangy red onions, and juicy baby plum tomatoes, this salad is sure to please even the pickiest eaters in your family. And the best part? The homemade balsamic dressing is a breeze to make and adds the perfect touch of sweetness to this light and refreshing dish. So, moms, grab your aprons and get ready to whip up a salad that your whole family will love!

Ingredients for your Cucumber Summer Salad

  • 1 cucumber
  • ½ red onion
  • ½ pint grape tomatoes
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon crushed garlic
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Optional add some cheese to taste – parmesan is great or for a slightly sharper flavour we do like adding some Feta cheese to this recipe especially for myself and my daughter.

Ingredients for making a summer salad for lunch

How to Prepare your Cucumber for this Summer Lunch Recipe

Depending on your cucumber you may need to peel it before slicing. I like to peel the cucumbers that we grow at home as their skins can be considerably tougher than the store brought versions.

If your cucumber doesn’t need peeling then go ahead and wash it thoroughly before you start slicing.

Slice the cucumber into thin slices and then cut each slice in half this is perfect for providing the crunch that you want and also making it manageable to eat quickly.

sliced cucumber, baby plum tomatoes and red onion in a bowl mixed together

Making the Balsamic Dressing from Scratch

1. In a large bowl combine your balsamic vinegar, oil, Italian seasoning and crushed garlic.

2. Mix and then season with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Set aside and assemble your salad ingredients

Balsamic dressing in a bowl made from scratch

Assembling the Homemade Cucumber Salad

1. Cut up your cucumber as explained above.

2. Thinly slice your red onion

3. Wash and then cut your baby plum tomatoes in half

4. Combine all in a bowl and toss so that the ingredients mix together

Cucumber salad on a serving spoon

5. Pour over your balsamic dressing.

6. Check the taste and add more salt and pepper if you wish.

cucumber salad with a balsamic dressing close up

Optional sprinkle some cheese over the top for added flavour.

Tips for Saving Time when Making this Salad with Cucumbers

I know like me you are a busy mom and saving time is essential. One of the reasons that I love this recipe is that you can save yourself some time by making parts of it ahead.

Tip 1 – Balsamic Dressing Make Ahead

The Balsamic Dressing is ideal to make ahead of time, mix it all up and then pour into a bottle and store in a cool dark place – don’t place this in the fridge as depending on your refrigerator temperature it may start to solidify.

We use this dressing all the time and I place it on the table after giving the bottle a shake when it starts to get low I just top it up again and continue using.

Summer lunch of cucumber, tomato and onion salad on a blue plate with a yellow placemat below and string of hearts seen behind

Tip 2 – Make ahead the salad

Yes, you can make ahead the salad. Make up a batch and then store in a sealed air tight container in the fridge. This will keep it crisp and then when needed portion out and drizzle with your balsamic dressing.

Variations and Add-Ins

I mentioned adding either parmesan or feta cheese to the salad. But we’ve also added sliced chorizo, cooked chicken and ham for some added protein and to make the dish a little more substantial.

Yellow bell peppers make the perfect splash of colour to the recipe as well as adding a little sweetness.

Plate of cucumber salad showing the ripe red baby plum tomatoes on it

More Summer Recipes you Will Want to Make

watermelon cubed with freshly chopped garden mint and crumbled feta on a green plate for a simple and easy summer salad to enjoy
A bowl of Greek pasta salad with feta and black olives for summer.
grilled corn on the cob salad in a bowl with lettuce, tomatoes and sweet pepper with a honey mustard dressing being poured over the top
Yield: 4 people

Cucumber Salad with Balsamic Dressing

A plate of summer cucumber salad with a balsamic dressing read to eat

Looking for a refreshing summer salad? Try our easy cucumber salad with baby plum tomatoes and red onions, topped with a homemade balsamic dressing! Perfect for quick and simple summer lunches.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 cucumber, small thin slices
  • ½ red onion, sliced thin
  • ½ pint grape tomatoes, washed and cut in half
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon crushed garlic
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Optional Ingredients

  • Parmesan cheese or Feta Cheese


  1. Combine the cucumber, onion and tomatoes in a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl mix the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Italian seasoning and crushed garlic.
  3. Add salt and pepper to the dressing to your taste.
  4. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat evenly.


Sprinkle the top with cheese of your choice or any of the other ingredients we mention above.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 179Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 169mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 2g

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