This cucumber and tomato salad is so good that you could eat it alone and never think of eating anything else with it, like bread, meat, etc. It’s one of those salads that is so balanced and so tasty that you crave it, like you would chocolate. I get those cravings.

For the vegetables:

  1. 5 large tomatoes (fresh and fully ripe; tomatoes on the vine are a very good choice)
  2. 1 pinch brown sugar
  3. 1 English cucumber (fresh and firm)
  4. 1/2 large red onion
  5. 2 Tbsp chopped fresh Italian parsley
  6. 2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  7. 1 pinch kosher salt
  8. 1 pinch black pepper

For the dressing:

  1. 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (very good quality)
  2. 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  3. freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  4. 1 tsp kosher salt
  5. 2 garlic cloves (pressed)
  6. 1 tsp brown sugar
  7. 1 tsp dried oregano


  • Core the tomatoes, cut into 6-8 wedges, then cut each wedge in half. Place the tomatoes into a large bowl, sprinkle with a pinch of brown sugar, salt, and pepper, and toss really well.
  • Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise, then slice it into 1/4" thick slices. Add the cucumbers to the tomatoes.
  • Slice half the red the onion into very thin slivers crosswise. Then cut the slivers in half, or leave as is, depending on you preference. Add to cucumbers and tomatoes. Add the chopped parsley and cilantro.