Marinated Cucumbers, Onions, and Tomatoes Salad

There’s an idea that we stick in our collective brain about cucumber, tomato and onion salad: it combines refreshing and crunchy cucumbers with sweet and juicy tomatoes and fresh and piquant onions. And that’s fine. That’s how I grew up on it. But what if you were to consider marinated cucumbers instead of plain sliced ones? What if you were to consider them with scallions or chives or mint? What if you let your tomatoes run wild (like they do in Greece), letting their flavor bloom on the vine (and infuse some olive oil) till they’re deep red, jammy, and luscious? What if you considered thin-slicing the onion (instead of chopping).


  • 3 cucumbers, halved, seeded and sliced into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 1 large red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 3 large ripe tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • kosher salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
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