Fresh Onion Cucumber Tomato Corn Salad with Vinaigrette Dressing and topped with some fresh corn feels like the bright summery sunshine in your mouth. This is a Diary-Free and Gluten-Free Salad Recipe.
Fresh cucumbers tossed with tomatoes and sliced red onions feel extremely refreshing and joyous. I am a searcher for good salad recipes or to be specific good summer salad recipes that pair well with barbeques and grilled foods. My favorite ones are Summer Corn Salad, Black Bean and Corn Salad, and healthy Chickpea Salad.
One such salad that has won many a heart is this Onion Cucumber Tomato Mediterranean Salad. This Salad has all the happiness, freshness, and nutritional benefits that one hopes to find in a salad.
Last Sunday my husband went shopping and get got tons of cucumbers for our home. Initially, I was blaming him for getting so many cucumbers. But, after a while, I thought, wait! This could be a blessing in disguise. I could use them to make so many salads. And, we anyway need salads alongside a spicy meat recipe or a fish recipe. Why not make some unique salads or smoothies that could make people think – Wow! Cucumber Salad, not bad!
Salads have always had the rapport of being the sore thumb out. I mean it is true for my family. My kids do not like Salads at all. However, we all know the importance of green in our lives. And, hence, I do serve them some green salad at least once every week. And, this Cucumber Tomato Salad with Onions is one of their favorites.
I have added some corn because corn is a summer staple which I think would make an excellent addition in my salad. Corn Salads are my favorite Summer Salads. They provide a tad bit of sweetness in our salad and make the salad look more colorful. You can use both frozen corn and fresh corn on the cobb for this recipe.
It is especially important that we include veggies in our diet. Greens and veggies are the sources of nutrients and minerals which we hardly find in deep-fried meat recipes. Green and veggies make sure that we have a balanced diet.
Now, let us talk taste
Cucumber along with Tomato and Onions gives a nice crunch and texture to the salad. On the other hand, the vinaigrette dressing makes sure that this had tanginess which is so important in this salad. All in all, this tastes like having something fresh from the farms.
Let us Talk about the Dressing for this Salad
The Dressing for this Salad is made using Vinegar, Olive Oil, and some fresh lime juice. These three are my favorite combination because they make the veggies taste so much fresher. Lime juice along with vinegar brings in a beautiful sourness to the salad that pairs exceptionally well with the sweetness of Onions and Cucumbers.
Moreover, the Mint leaves on the top makes this taste even fresher. I have a soft corner in my heart for mint leaves. I mean I really love its smell. In fact, I love the minty freshness that it brings out in my Salad. Therefore, I always make it a point to add mint in this salad.
Besides mint, you can use some Basil leaves - whose fragrance is also something that I really like – or some fresh parsley. Both give a nice planty fragrance and freshness to our salad.
There are many things which I could have used but I have avoided them because I wanted this salad to be extremely healthy. I have not used any dairy products, so this Salad is dairy-free. And this is also Gluten-Free since I have not used any ingredient which had gluten in it.
What Could be the Possible Variations of this salad?
- You could add some watermelon as well. You see summer season will have plenty of watermelon around you. So, why not include them as well. They will make your salad so much healthier, juicier, and nutritious.
- You can make a Cilantro Lime Dressing. I think just like a vinaigrette dressing, a cilantro lime dressing would make the salad taste excellent. Cilantro just like mint and parsley has that excellent quality about itself which we call – freshness. When we add cilantro in this salad it brings out a different kind of taste which goes perfectly well with grilled food items.
Is it Possible to Store Onion Cucumber Tomato Corn Salad?
If I had to store this salad, then I would do that after pouring off the juices. I would suggest you pour off the dressing and keep it aside. You can cover your salad with a plastic wrap and then keep it in the fridge. This would stay fine up to 2 days.
However, if possible, I would suggest you cut the onions when you are about to have them. I really do not like cold onions. They lose the crunchiness that I look for.
Onion Cucumber Tomato Corn Salad Recipe
- ½ Cup English Cucumber chopped
- ½ Cup Cherry Tomatoes
- ½ Cup Red Onions long thin slices
- ½ Cup Corn fresh off the cobb or frozen/canned
- 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
- ½ tablespoon White Vinegar
- ½ tablespoon Black Salt or as per taste
- ½ tablespoon Lime Juice
- 1 tablespoon Chili Flakes
- ½ Cup Fresh Mint Leaves
To Make the Dressing
- Mix all the ingredients and stir well. Keep it aside.
- Cut the veggies. Make rounds of English cucumber, and thin long slices of onions. Make large dices of the cherry tomatoes.
- Add the veggies in a bowl. Add one cup of corn. Drizzle the dressing over the Salad.
- Top it with some chili flakes and fresh mint leaves.
- You can ignore corn if you do not like it.
- I would suggest that you cut your onions just before making the salad
- You can also add some watermelons if you like.