Creamy Cucumber and Tomato Salad are simple, fresh, and easy summer salads, popular in Russian and Ukrainian kitchens. Growing up, this was a staple on our summer table, with mom picking the tomatoes and cucumbers fresh from our garden. Now it's a staple on my summer dinner table.
There are many different recipes for tomato salads from around the world. A popular salad is an Israeli Cucumber Salad which includes chopped tomatoes, onions and peppers. There are Greek tomato feta and oregano salads. Also Italian version Bruschetta with fresh basil thrown in the mix. These recipes all use a vinaigrette type of dressing. I love my Creamy Cucumber and Tomato Salad best!
Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Dill
Dill is one of my favorite herbs, and is used extensively in Slavic and Russian cooking. We tend to throw it into everything and this Tomato Salad is no exception. Many people don't know how to use dill, and I think it's and under used herb. It's always growing in my garden, a perfect addition to this summer salad.
When we moved to Australia, I heard people reference dill as 'dill weed'. I had never heard of that before moving here. The term weed has a negative connotation to it. This is far from a weed! Dill is extensively used in Eastern European and Scandinavian cooking. Commonly used to flavor everything from soups, fish, salads and pickles. It's one of the herbs I can't live without.
Cucumber and Tomato Salad Dressing
A common way to make Creamy Cucumber and Tomato Salad is using Sour Cream. While that works, my mom always used whipping cream as the dressing for this salad. Whipping Cream as a liquid, works better to absorb the juices of the fresh cut tomatoes, onions and dill. The flavor combination creates a delicious salty flavored whipping cream dressing which I love to mop up with a crusty piece of bread.
Trust me, you're going to love it. You'll never go back to sour cream dressing again. Other people might add mayonnaise or Miracle Whip, but plain whipping cream is all you need.
This is such an easy rustic recipe to make, especially with vine ripened tomatoes from the garden. It was always a side dish on our summer dinner table. A 5 salad ingredient recipe that's readily available everywhere.
This Creamy Tomato Cucumber Salad can't really be made in advance, because the tomatoes become soggy. It's so easy to make, just slice vegetables and mix in together with cream just before serving. Don't skip the salt and pepper.
It's an easy rustic salad, made with tomatoes, green onions, cucumbers, dill and whipping cream. A tasty addition to your summer salad dinner recipes rotation. Bon Appetit! Приятного аппетита!
Creamy Cucumber and Tomato Salad
- 3 large tomatoes
- ½ Long English cucumber
- 3 green onions sliced
- ¼ cup whipping cream
- handful fresh dill chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- Cut the long English cucumber in half lengthways, then slice into pieces.
- Cut the tomato into chunky bite size pieces.
- In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, cucumber and onions. Pour the whipping cream and mix in the chopped dill. Add the salt and pepper taste.