Old Liz's Old-Fashioned Cucumber & Tomato Salad Recipe ♥

Old-Fashioned Cucumber & Tomato Salad recipe
Big chunks of cucumber with tomato and onion in a simple balsamic vinegar dressing. Low carb. Weight Watchers 0 points.

This recipe originates from rural Missouri and a 1940s farm wife widowed young with four children, the youngest only 18 months old.

It's plain. It's thrifty. It's filling. I suspect Old Liz might tsk-tsk me to task for even calling it a recipe. My mind hears her harumph, "It's just cucumbers and tomatoes from the garden. Don't make a fuss." So no more imagining a woman whose spirit I can know only through the legacy of her children -- and her cucumber salad. Maybe she wouldn't mind just a small fuss.

This is a good salad for those baseball-bat sized cucumbers from the garden. It needs a good rest before supper (30 minutes, say) but is even better the next day.

UPDATE: When visiting Karina from Karina's Kitchen near Santa Fe, just look what she made, her very own gluten-free version of Old Liz's Cucumber Salad.


Hands-on time: 15 minutes
Time to table: 45 minutes
Serves 8

1 extra large cucumber
2 small pickling cucumbers
1 small tomato, chopped
1 small onion, sliced thin in half rings
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (I used white balsamic vinegar so the cucumber wouldn't stain dark)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste

Peel and seed the large cucumber, then cut into chunks. Slice off the stem and blossom ends of the pickling cucumbers; in ribbons, peel off about half the skin (leaving some skin on adds crunch and some color) and then slice cross-wise to form rounds. Combine with remaining ingredients. Let rest for about 30 minutes or overnight.

~ Nana's Cucumbers with Sour Cream, my own grandmother's cucumber salad ~
~ Cucumbers in Vinegar, Danielle's Ima's cucumber salad ~
~ more cucumber recipes ~

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Try White Balsamic, it's the best!!! It comes in a spritz bottle, you'll just love it.


What a great summer recipe - simple, delicious and (for many) straight from the garden. You just can't beat that!

Old-fashioned cucumber salad, this is just like the salad my mother made too. I haven't made it for my family in years, thank you, I will now, for supper tomorrow.

This looks great. While we can still get pickling cukes, I'm going to give this a try. Thanks for the recipe!

Karen ~ Thanks for the tip! I didn't think of it until too late, this batch. With cucumbers coming out the kazoo, I still have another chance!

Lisa ~ Lucky gardeners, lucky recipients of gardens.

Anon ~ So glad to bring back the memory.

I Am Gluten Free ~ Another certain gluten-free blogger noticed the same thing. Coming soon to a blog near you! :-)

I just got a whole bunch of pickling cucumbers from my CSA. Some are destined for a jar, but I was planning to use the rest for salads. This recipe looks simple and tasty. Thanks!

Alexa ~ Perfect. It's definitely a salad that adds up to more than you'd think. Old Liz will approve!

I LOVED this salad as a child, My Grandmother made it for special summer events. BUT I GUARANTEE YOU, that she had NEVER heard of OLIVE OIL in the Midwest in the 1950s. What would they have used instead? And I don't remember it being oily at ALL, IS it POSSIBLE that she did a fast pickle with the vinegar and did not include the oil? I ask, because almost all of her recipes where lost in a flood. The ones that I could save are cryptic at best. Meaning that they would read. Flour, milk, sugar, mix together... Umm THANKS GRANDMOTHER! Could you tell me from heaven HOW MUCH of each?? ;-) Bless her heart. ;-)

Anonymous ~ Haha! You are so right about the olive oil! What would it have been, then, a vegetable oil like Crisco??? That’s my guess. Or yes, as you suggest, maybe “no oil “ at all. Thanks so much for writing, your enthusiasm made my day! :-)

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