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TikTok’s Favorite Salad

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This TikTok Salad with onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, and dill is not only a healthier dish option but an incredibly delicious and fresh salad that makes a perfect side dish recipe or a no-guilt lunch.

While this salad is not new to the food blogging community or the ordinary kitchen chef, it began to pop up as everyone looked for spring and summer salad recipes to enjoy. 

Bite after bite, this salad BURSTS with flavors (and tomatoes!) in this fast and easy-to-make salad recipe.

cucumber and tomato salad in a bowl.

Why you will love this Viral Salad Recipe

This marinated cucumber, tomato, and red onion combine the crispest vegetables with perfect seasonings.

Simple ingredients are delicious! Unlike creamy cucumber tomato salads that include sour cream or mayo, this TikTok salad recipe relies on the flavor-filled white vinegar and extra virgin olive oil to pull it all together. 

The best part about a salad, whether you need a picnic, party, or potluck recipe, is that it’s effortless to alter.

Add other cut-up vegetables for a super robust version that packs a punch of ridiculously good flavor. 

When we saw it hit the FYP on TikTok, this recipe was referred to as a “Favorite Salad.” Admittedly, it’s one of ours too!

Ingredients

  • fresh cucumber – Slice regular cucumbers or English cucumbers in half. 
  • Grape tomatoes – This salad has grape tomatoes, but it’s OK to use any cherry tomatoes or other small ripe tomato varieties. To provide the most flavor, quarter the fresh tomatoes.  
  • Red onion – Red onions have quite a bit of kick to them, so dice down thin. 
  • Seasonings: fresh dill, salt, and black pepper.

  • Olive oil – While oils can sometimes be interchangeable, salads should never be made with vegetable or canola oil. 
  • White vinegar – White vinegar, apple cider vinegar, rice vinegar or wine vinegar work well. Just understand each flavor profile before switching it up.
  • White sugar – This salad includes the tiniest bit of white sugar to balance the acid, but skipping sugar won’t be an issue if you are on a Keto or Low carb diet. 

How to make TikTok Cucumber, Tomato, and Red Onion Salad

  1. Prep all vegetables – cucumbers should be halved, juicy tomatoes should be quartered, and red onion should be sliced thin. When working with cucumbers, skin can be left on or off. As you can see we like to partially shave the skin off to make a striped look on the outer rim of the cucumber. This looks very pretty in a salad!
how to prep raw vegetables for salad.
  1. In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients until combined well and evenly coated.
  2. This salad can be eaten right away, but the vinegar should be marinated for the best taste due to its nature. We recommend refrigerating salad for 4 hours as a minimum but tastes best when planned 24 hours in advance.
  3. Mix the salad well before serving to remove the settled dressing. 
mixing together cucumber, tomato and red onions for salad recipe.

How long does tomato-cucumber salad keep? 

We believe that this recipe can be eaten for about three days when cold and sealed in an airtight container. 

Can this salad be made in advance? 

This salad SHOULD Be made ahead. There are no rigid and fast rules about eating a freshly prepped salad; this particular version tastes best cold after 24 hours of true marination of the vegetables.

What are common variations to this TikTok salad recipe? 

If wanting to add other fresh vegetables, cut-up red, yellow, and green peppers would go great. Additionally, thinly sliced carrots would bring color and crunch and go great with the oil and vinegar dressing. 

Other great additions would be olives, feta cheese (similar to a Greek Salad recipe), blue cheese, sweet onion, balsamic, or minced garlic.

viral salad recipe in a white bowl.

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TikTok’s Favorite Salad Recipe


TikTok's "Favorite Salad" is a fresh and easy Cucumber, Tomato, and Red Onion salad. Super healthy with oil and vinegar, this salad recipe is perfect for lunch or a BBQ side dish. Makes in minutes!

Ingredients
 

  • 3 cups cucumber sliced in halves
  • 3 cups grape tomatoes quartered
  • ¼ cup red onion diced and sliced thin
  • 1 tbsp. fresh dill
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 2 tsp. granulated white sugar

Instructions

  • Prep all vegetables – cucumbers should be halved, grape tomatoes should be quartered, and red onion should be sliced thin.
  • Combine sugar, vinegar, oil, salt, dill, and black pepper in a small bowl and whisk. The dressing won't totally combine as the vinegar and oil will not fully mix.
  • In a medium bowl, add prepped vegetables and pour dressing over the top. Mix together well until the dressing has coated all sides of the cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions.
  • Marinate salad in the fridge for a minimum of 4 hours, but for BEST flavor, overnight (24 hours).
  • Stir any settled dressing well before serving.

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Notes

Red Onion Note
While the original salad has only 1/4th cup red onions, we personally found that this salad does better with 1/2 cup diced red onions. 
How long does tomato-cucumber salad keep? 
We believe that this recipe can be eaten for about three days when cold and sealed in an airtight container. 
Can this salad be made in advance? 
This salad SHOULD Be made in advance. This particular recipe tastes best cold and after 24 hours or marinating.
What are common variations to this TikTok salad recipe? 
If wanting to add other fresh vegetables, cut up red, yellow, and green peppers would go great. Additionally, thinly sliced carrots would bring color and crunch and go great with the oil and vinegar dressing. 
Other great additions would be olives, feta cheese (similar to a Greek Salad recipe), blue cheese, sweet onion, balsamic, or minced garlic.
Can this salad be made keto? 
Just remove the sugar. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 113kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 395mg | Potassium: 298mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 860IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg

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