Cucumber Tomato Summer Salad

What do a cucumber, a pile of tomatoes, and cilantro have in common? They all arrived with my weekly box of veggies! One of my favorite ways to eat these summertime vegetables is in a cool, crisp Cucumber Tomato Summer Salad.

Chopped salads like these are such an easy way to relish summer. They’re so versatile. Honestly, that’s one of my favorite things about getting a weekly box of vegetables. I can just about take any combination of summer vegetables, chop them up, then throw them together in a pretty bowl and call it a salad. But the thing that sets this Cucumber Tomato Summer Salad apart? The mayonnaise.

My whole life I’ve been a slave to olive oil dressings in any cucumber salad. Cucumber and onions? Drizzle it in olive oil! Cucumber and tomatoes? Reach for the olive oil! Cucumber and diced sweet peppers? Olive oil! Cucumber and grapes? Olive oil.

Then a few weeks ago my kids wanted something different for lunch. So, instead of reaching for olive oil, I reached for mayonnaise. I couldn’t have been more surprised. What I thought would be a one time indulgence to pacify children turned into one of my new favorite ways to do a chopped salad.

Cucumber Tomato Summer Salad

The Players

  • 1 medium cucumber, diced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1 small bunch of cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise (you can do homemade, but I highly recommend using this mayonnaise for a perfect salad)
  • 1 small handful raisins (optional)

The How-To

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and serve. It doesn’t get any easier than this. And my kids? They gobbled every last bit of this Cucumber Tomato Summer Salad up and asked for seconds!

(photo by sparktography)


  1. says

    Very similar to Salad Shirazi, a Persian/Iranian cucumber-tomato salad, which also uses a bit of minced onion (I prefer red onion). I make mine sometimes with sour cream instead of mayo, or half-and-half with the mayo, although it can be done without anything creamy, just some lemon juice and salt to taste. Also easy enough for kids to help with!

    • says

      Jenna, what mayo are you talking about? I clicked the link in Kristen’s blog post, but it took me to the “Fats, Oils, and Coconut Products” page of the Village green Marketplace and there isn’t a mayo on that page that I can see. Thanks!

      • Jesse says

        Ditto! It would be nice if it was made clearer to which company they are referring to getting the product from.

        • Kira says

          Mayo link still isn’t updated… I even tried looking on the Radiant Life site that was on the Village Green page and still couldn’t find it.

  2. Amy C says

    What is the name of the mayo? That link always just goes to a list of websites, never the specific products. I get confused…sorry! I am a member of Village Network.

  3. mindy says

    Hi! The link you provided for the recommended mayo just links to the village green but I can’t locate the specific mayo. Nailing down a good whole foods mayo has been challenging so I’m very interested. Can you help me out? What is the name/source of the mayo product? Thanks!

  4. Laura says

    What is the brand/type of mayo you recommend? The link to Village Green just brings me to their fats, oils and coconut products page.

    • says

      That’s because the mayo is currently out of stock. It’s made by Wilderness Family Naturals, and it is to DIE for. They make it in big batches, yet those batches sell out quickly as most of us who order it order it by the caseful to save on shipping.

      I updated the link so it goes directly to the mayonnaise. You can opt to be notified with an email when it becomes available again! Hopefully that will help.

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