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Asparagus Cucumber Tomato Salad

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This asparagus cucumber tomato salad with sautéed tender crisp asparagus and an oil and vinegar dressing has been gracing dinner and picnic tables for as long as I can remember.

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The perfect side dish for summer when your garden is overflowing with cucumbers and tomatoes.

When you’re looking to use those up, it’s super quick to chop them and quickly combine in a bowl.

Not to mention, garden vegetables have the most incredible flavor that just cannot be compared to store bought.

Especially garden ripe tomatoes. They are in a league of their own and I look forward to our garden tomatoes each year.

You can also make this salad with only cucumber and tomato, without asparagus. It’s super easy, takes a minute or two and is just perfect as is.

But, we like to take it a step further and sauté some fresh asparagus in a little oil (can also add some fresh minced garlic) until tender crisp and add the asparagus to the salad.

As far as simple salads go, this one is flavorful and lovely in presentation.

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Ingredients in Asparagus Cucumber Tomato Salad

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  • Cucumber — preferably garden fresh cucumbers. Cut them lengthwise first, then slice across for half moon shape.
  • Tomatoes — preferably garden fresh ripe tomatoes, otherwise any tomatoes you have. Cut lengthwise, then slice across for the half moon shape.
  • Asparagus — tough bottom ends (bottom inch or so) of each stalk removed. Cut them into roughly 1 or 2 inch pieces.
  • Olive Oil — cold pressed extra virgin olive oil is our choice for salads.
  • Vinegar — you can use your favorite. We like rice vinegar, but have also used balsamic, wine vinegar and regular.
  • Salt — Himalayan salt, ground
  • Pepper — Black pepper, freshly ground

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Optional Variations

My Nonna’s basic recipe usually consisted of tomato and cucumber, oil and vinegar, salt and pepper. She would add in some extra ingredients (listed below) now and then.

You can add in any of the following, depending on what you have:

  • finely sliced endive
  • finely sliced white or red onion
  • finely sliced red bell pepper
  • one clove of minced garlic
  • halved cherry tomatoes
  • sprinkle of parsley

This is a great salad choice to help you take use of those vegetables you have around. You can be creative and add fresh herbs and a variety of seasonings if you want to change it up!

The sauteed asparagus is something I added to the recipe when looking for a quick way to use asparagus. It’s so easy to toss it into our daily salad!

Since I love cucumber tomato salad so much, and prepare cucumber tomato salad so often, asparagus is a natural and easy addition to this salad.

I sometimes like to add avocado slices or diced, if I have one ready! It adds a nice creaminess to the sauce.

Why You’ll Love This Asparagus Cucumber Tomato Salad

This salad is really easy to prepare, plus it’s portable. You can take it along with you on picnics, potlucks and parties.

It’s a perfect side dish for any occasion and really goes so well with any type of main dish. Asparagus Cucumber Tomato Salad is perfect for a barbecue or cookout and all of your celebrations.

This salad tastes delicious, with the natural flavor of the vegetables coming through. Especially when the vegetables are garden fresh.

It’s not only perfect during summer, but also at springtime during asparagus season.

It’s also a relatively low carb side dish that can be enjoyed as part of a low carb, keto diet.

Not to mention the health benefits that come with fresh vegetables and olive oil in this Mediterranean dish.

How To Make Asparagus Cucumber Tomato Salad

STEP 1 – Prepare Asparagus, Cucumber and Tomatoes

Wash and dry the asparagus. Next, you’ll need to remove the hard tips of the asparagus stalks.

Bend the asparagus near the bottom as shown and the natural breaking point will become apparent. Then you can snap it off.

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You’ll also need to prepare your cucumbers and tomatoes now, or you can save time by prepping them while the asparagus is cooking and cooling down in Step 2.

Wash and dry the cucumber and tomatoes. Then, cut the cucumber lengthwise and then across into half moons. Prepare each tomato by cutting in half and then you can slice the tomato into wedges.

STEP 2 – Cut and Sauté Asparagus

Cut the asparagus into 1 inch pieces.

Add a little avocado oil to a pan and sauté on the stove top for a few minutes until the asparagus are tender crisp.

Be careful not to overdo the cooking time so that the asparagus are too soft. Set aside and allow to cool for a few minutes.

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STEP 3 – Add Asparagus, Cucumber and Tomatoes To Bowl

Place the cooled, tender crisp asparagus into a medium or large bowl with the sliced cucumber and tomatoes.

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STEP 4 – Add Oil, Vinegar, Salt and Pepper

Next, you’ll add in your seasonings. Pour in the oil and vinegar and sprinkle on the salt and pepper.

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STEP 5 – Mix and Serve!

Give the salad a good mix to evenly disperse the dressing with seasonings among the vegetables.

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Serve and Enjoy!

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What to Serve With Asparagus Cucumber Tomato Salad

Cucumber tomato salad is perfect to take along to picnics, potlucks or any BBQ style meal. You might want to double the recipe as it tends to disappear rather quick.

This salad is an excellent side dish for most main dishes, including vegetarian meals, fish, chicken, BBQ ribs and steak dinners.

We like to serve it along with our kebab chicken breast and some extra kebab sauce on the side!

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Asparagus Cucumber Tomato Salad Served With Chicken Breast and Kebab Sauce

You’ll find that it goes with any grilled or baked chicken breast, kebabs, fish fillets, hamburgers, hotdogs, corn on the cob, and more.

Asparagus cucumber tomato salad can also accompany pasta dishes and sandwiches. It’s extremely versatile and is perfect for any occasion.

This salad is great alongside pasta salads, potato salad and corn salads as part of a picnic or BBQ menu.

You’ll find this salad is so nice to have with any of our Pita Pizzas. In fact, we include it in our best easy pizza side dishes.

Of course, you can also serve our Swedish pizza salad with any pizza. It is made of thinly shredded cabbage, with a similar oil and vinegar dressing. It is light and fresh, and is always a welcomed side dish!

Pizzasallad can also be served along with asparagus cucumber tomato salad at your picnic or barbecue.

Flavor Tip for Asparagus Cucumber Tomato Salad

If you aren’t minding your carbs too much, the absolute best thing to do is to dip bread into the oil and vinegar sauce at the bottom of the salad bowl or on your plate.

The bread soaks up the sauce and it tastes fantastic – if you’re into strong flavors due to the vinegar.

Preparation Tips

The tough bottom ends of each asparagus stalk (about an inch) need to be removed and discarded. You can feel around the bottom by bending and you will find the natural snapping point, to break off the end.

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How To Store Asparagus Cucumber Tomato Salad

Asparagus tomato cucumber salad, once prepared can be kept covered in the fridge and tastes best when consumed within two days.

The salad’s flavor improves while it marinates in the dressing, up to a certain point, so you can prepare it a few hours ahead of your gathering if you like.

This salad rarely makes it to the fridge at our house!

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tomato cucumber asparagus salad recipe

Asparagus Cucumber Tomato Salad

Susan & Björn
All-time favorite summer salad with a front row seat to every BBQ and picnic. Bonus flavor if you use ripe garden veggies! Don't worry you can still serve it year round as a side dish to your favorite main dishes.
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servings4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Calories 89 kcal
Fiber 2 g
Carbohydrates 5 g

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 Tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 Cucumber, sliced
  • 8 Asparagus, chopped in 1 inch pieces
  • Cup Olive Oil , cold pressed extra virgin
  • Cup Vinegar , balsamic, red wine or rice vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon Salt , Himalayan
  • ½ teaspoon Black Pepper, freshly ground

Instructions
 

  • Wash and drain asparagus. Remove and discard the tough bottom piece of each stalk. Chop asparagus into 1 inch pieces.
    tomato cucumber asparagus salad step 1
  • Slice cucumber and tomatoes into half moon shaped slices (cut cucumber in half lengthwise and then slice, similarly cut tomato in half lengthwise and slice).
  • Saute asparagus pieces in a pan with a tablespoon of cooking oil, avocado oil is a good choice. Stir them frequently for about five minutes, until they are tender crisp. Remove from heat and set aside.
    tomato cucumber asparagus salad step 2
  • Place asparagus, cucumber and tomato into a medium bowl.
    tomato cucumber asparagus salad step 3
  • Pour in olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Mix well to combine.
    tomato cucumber asparagus salad step 5

Nutrition

Calories: 89kcal Carbohydrates: 5g Fiber: 2g Net Carbohydrates: 3g Protein: 2g Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 5g Sodium: 300mg Potassium: 316mg Sugar: 3g Vitamin A: 810IU Vitamin C: 13mg Calcium: 26mg Iron: 1mg

Note

The above nutritional values are estimates and should only be used as a guide. If you are following a specific diet or have dietary restrictions, please use your preferred nutritional calculator. If you have a food allergy please ensure that none of the listed ingredients are part of your restrictions. As well, always use a food thermometer to ensure safe cooking temperature of the food items.

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