Tomato Cucumber Basil Salad – Sharon Palmer, The Plant Powered Dietitian

Tomato Cucumber Basil Salad – Sharon Palmer, The Plant Powered Dietitian

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Celebrate summer with this easy, plant-powered, healthy Tomato Cucumber Basil Salad, featuring only 5-ingredients (not including pantry staples). These summer veggies—cucumbers, tomatoes, and basil are available straight from your garden, farmers market, or CSA. Best of all, it can be whipped up in only 5 minutes. I love this simple, quick, no-cook salad as an accompaniment to sandwiches, chili, or veggie-burgers. It’s also a wonderful filling for wraps, pita sandwiches, burritos, and tacos. Serve it at your next picnic, party, or weeknight meal in a cinch. 

With a fresh, light 3-ingredient vinaigrette, the flavors of the cucumbers and tomatoes shine right through. This is my go-to way to get rid of a bumper crop of summer produce—namely cucumbers and tomatoes—which grow profusely in my garden in the summertime. It’s also a great way to showcase summer fresh produce you pick up at the farmers market or supermarket. Rich in vitamin C, as well as fiber, and antioxidants, power up on this summer salad to help fight disease. Light in calories (58 total), fill your plate with this seasonal, fresh salad to celebrate a lean, healthful lifestyle. Mix it up a bit by adding cooked bulgur and baked tofu to make it a power salad, one-dish meal. Enjoy the fresh cool life!

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Description

Celebrate the bounty of seasonal produce with this easy, healthy, vegan, gluten-free salad recipe including only 5 ingredients—cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, basil, lemon juice—with a drizzle of EVOO.


  • 2 small cucumbers (i.e., Persian), sliced
  • 5 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ red onion, sliced
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, sliced
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Optional: Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine cucumbers, tomatoes, onion, and basil in a medium bowl.
  2. Drizzle with lemon juice and olive oil. If desired, season with salt and pepper.
  3. Toss well and serve.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 58
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 2 g

Keywords: vegan salad, cucumber salad, healthy salad

For other fresh, light plant-based salads, check out:

Spicy Cauliflower Cilantro Salad
Arugula Salad with Radishes and Avocado and Lemon Truffle Vinaigrette
Kiwi Herb Salad with Pistachios and Orange Dressing

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