How To Make The Best Marinated Tomatoes And Cucumbers For The Summer

by TaylorR

As planned, Dan and I made it down to the farmer’s market this Saturday. I know I say it each week, but Saturday mornings are my favorite! And this one didn’t let me down.

Because I had made the best iced coffee ever (recipe to come), we decided to skip out on grabbing a cup downtown… that way we would have our hands free and instead we could enjoy a glass of chilled coffee at home during breakfast.

Call me a weirdo, but I don’t drink coffee back to back, so if I know we’re getting a cup from a cafe, I will skip out at home and drink plain water with my breakfast.

I was so impressed with our farmer’s market bag! My mom got me this basket for Easter and each week I have forgotten to take it with us. Oh no, not this time though!

Thanks to smart Dan for hanging it on the door the night before. No way I was going to leave it behind.

We filled this thing to the brim! By far the best week in terms of staying on budget!

For $19, this is what ended up in our basket: 

  • Vidalia onions
  • Beets
  • Lettuce
  • Wild Spinach
  • Tuscan Kale (this is a new thing for us)
  • Tomatoes (2 huge ones)
  • Cucumbers (3)
  • Eggplant
  • Jalapeno Pepper
  • Bell peppers (2)

In fact, since we had leftover cash we treated ourselves by stopping by the fruit bar. We had a late lunch planned so I thought this would tie us over.

Dan had a tropical smoothie, I had a “Radio Flyer Juice”. It was my first juice experience and I have to say I wasn’t a fan. I think it was a texture thing and that if it had been thicker like a smoothie instead of water, I would have enjoyed it more.

My juice included: beets, carrots, apple, and celery. It was alright… but I couldn’t finish it. I just kept looking up at Dan while he happily slurped up his thick shake wishing we could trade.

Summertime Marinated Tomatoes and Cucumbers

Then we headed home where I got straight down to business turning this:

Into this:


This is really easy!

This always makes me thing of being a kid. My mom would make this for me all the time and I would easily eat it all in a day! At least it’s healthy!


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marlene August 2, 2012 at 6:10 pm

This sounds wonderful. I have a lot of fresh garden produce, so I plan to try it tomorrow..

Thank you, and God Bless


Maija August 13, 2012 at 1:54 pm

This looks perfect!
I have a bucket-load(!) of the nicest, meatiest tomatoes ever, from my garden. Cucumbers… none yet! So, cucumbers and a sweet onion are from the store.
I’m going to make this today and enjoy a bowlful of summer tonight. Thank you so much for sharing a recipe that just cannot go wrong.


TaylorR August 13, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Thanks Maija! Enjoy :)


Misty January 22, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Mostly stuff we grow in or garden over the summer. Ill leave out oil. Sometimes cooking liquid for beans works here (idk if you’ve tried that). I will totally put a lil gingham top on these and bring as hostess gifts for gatherings <3


debbie February 10, 2013 at 8:57 am

How long does this last for in the marinade ??thanks, deb b


TaylorR February 10, 2013 at 9:06 am

Hey Deb, if you stick it in the fridge after about 4 hours you should be good to go. I often prep it in the morning and at dinner time it’s perfect.


Linda February 15, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Looks delish! I’m wondering how long this can be kept in the fridge. I understand it will be ready to eat in a few hours, but will it store well for days? weeks? longer??? In other words, does it keep like pickles would?


TaylorR February 15, 2013 at 1:20 pm

To be honest, the longest I have kept it for is 3 days, and it’s fine until them. I don’t know anything for after that length. Sorry.


Patty December 5, 2013 at 8:32 pm

I made some of this about three weeks ago and just ate some tonight and it’s still delicious!!!!!


TaylorR December 5, 2013 at 10:28 pm

Glad you like it!


Donna j February 17, 2013 at 7:50 am

Can’t wait for summer to try this!! Looks awesomely healthy and delish!!!


tristie February 22, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Do you use regular distilled vinegar or like White wine vinegar? Looks delish!


TaylorR February 22, 2013 at 1:10 pm

I normally just used distilled vinegar. It’s what my mom always used.


Susan M Jensen March 1, 2013 at 6:53 pm

This is just what I’ll do tomorrow, going shopping. Thanks
I do a relish & sounds just like it with liquid exception & layering
Susan M J


TaylorR March 2, 2013 at 6:15 am

Definitely give it a go!


Colleen Stout March 13, 2013 at 6:46 pm

We have made this since I was a little one, many moons ago. My family calls this “trash” salad. We use red wine vinegar and Good Seasons Italian dressing pack.


TaylorR March 13, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Love that! Trash Salad!


Rachael March 17, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Let me start by saying YUM!!! Like you, my mom makes this, but I never had until now. I used medium sized jars because I dont have any large ones. In order to cover all the veggies I had to more than double the amount of liquid ingreds you listed for each. I tried using half the amount you listed since the jars i had were half the size and it only came about 2″ up the veggies. Other than that, great!!


TaylorR March 17, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Glad it came out well!


Karan March 27, 2013 at 10:15 am

I am 70 years old and this recipe is something I have made all of my adult life and my mother before me! I was so surprised to see it here. We always added chopped jalapeno peppers to it. My family always called it “Uncle George’s Salad” because my dad’s uncle started the recipe in our family before I was even born (and that was quite awhile ago!) The story goes that Uncle George always said there was a ‘secret ingredient’ that he would not divulge. My mom always thought he put a little whiskey in with the vinegar… but we never knew for sure, and my mom never tried that. I was so delighted to see the recipe here to be shared with everyone. It’s a delicious treat.


TaylorR March 27, 2013 at 10:47 am

That’s such a fun story! My great grandmother always made it during the summer for my mom, when we started growing tomatoes as a kid it was the first thing she made for us. My mom and i would eat all of it in a day or two! Gotta try a splash of whiskey! Thanks for sharing your story.


Lesley April 12, 2013 at 11:04 am

It looks like something I want to make often. I just was wondering if you left out any liquid ingredient like some water? You show 2 jars with liquid in one of your pictures and the marinade fills up the jar of veggies. The amount of vinegar you have is 1/2 cup with a little olive oil & honey but it’s not enough to fill up the jar with the veggies. Please let me know so I can make this. Thanks.


TaylorR April 12, 2013 at 11:52 am

Yes, fill the rest up with water!


Leslie April 21, 2013 at 10:35 am

I think this look great, hoping to try it this week. I was thinking, if we like it as much as I think we will, that I would make up a bunch of jars to have on hand. Do you think it would “can” well?


TaylorR April 21, 2013 at 10:52 am

Yes I do!


Brooke April 24, 2013 at 2:16 pm

I just have to ask, can you taste the honey in this? I’m dying to make this after my trip to the farmer’s market today, but I do NOT like honey! Thanks!


Brooke April 24, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Oh wait, I read the recipe wrong. There’s only a 1/2 tsp. of honey, so I don’t think it would be really strong enough to taste it right?


TaylorR April 24, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Correct. It’s very slight. You can use a different sweetener if you prefer.


Christine May 7, 2013 at 8:26 pm

this is awesome, adding bell pepper is great as well!


Charlene May 20, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Do you think I can make this without the olive oil?


TaylorR May 20, 2013 at 9:35 pm



kathy hickey May 30, 2013 at 4:54 pm

This looks so refreshing, all I need is a fork and a porch! Could you use this recipe for asparagus, also one of my favorites.


TaylorR May 30, 2013 at 9:55 pm

I don’t see why you couldn’t! If you try it let me know! I Love asparagus too!


Starla June 17, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Doing this recipe now,but did I miss something. Is there suppose to be some water added ? Looks like in the picture there is 2 liquids to add and my liquid doesn’t fill up there jar . So I added water to fill the space . Thanks for the great recipe ! SL


TaylorR June 17, 2013 at 9:52 pm

YES there is, add everything and what doesn’t fill the jar up add water!


Starla June 18, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Thanks ;) just had my first bite delicious :))


TaylorR June 18, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Yay! Glad you like it!


Shirley Dehmer June 21, 2013 at 10:44 am

I made this and took it to a pot luck. Absolutely awful! I was ashamed to say I brought it. I wasted three small tasty homegrown tomatoes, two fresh homegrown grown cukes and one smallish 10-15 sweet onion. The olive oil made it taste old and musty, the vinegar and salt were too much and the honey did not add anything at all. It would have been great (after all, the vegs were fresh and outstandingly good) if I had used basil instead of dill and a tiny bit of apple cider vinegar instead of white wine vinegar, only a half tsp salt and a tiny bit of some other oil than olive oil. Perhaps walnut oil. We live and learn.


TaylorR June 21, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Wow, sorry to hear that.


Kelly June 29, 2013 at 9:02 pm

Shirley, I found your review to be a bit harsh. Perhaps you should have stuck to something you have made–and liked–previously instead of attempting a new dish for a potluck. You didn’t taste it before you brought it??? And I don’t know what kind of olive oil you use, but mine definitely does not taste old & musty. Lesson learned.

Well, our family LOVES it. Followed the recipe exactly, except I doubled it, since we are swimming in tomatoes & cukes right now. And of course had to use a glass dish since it would not all fit in a jar. It won’t last long. Very refreshing, and even better when it has sat and chilled for several hours.


TaylorR June 29, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Glad it worked for you Kelly! It’s a staple in our home!


Sherri April 29, 2014 at 10:28 am

Have you checked your olive oil? I don’t used oil that much, and I’ve accidentally used bad oil and it does make everything taste old and musty. I would use your favorite oil and check it before adding. This recipe sounds awesome and I look forward to trying it soon.


Rachael June 24, 2013 at 9:08 am

Can you use red onion? Will they be as good as white onion?


TaylorR June 24, 2013 at 10:50 am

It should be. Red onion is a bit stronger in taste, but should still work fine.


loreM June 26, 2013 at 4:06 pm

My mom has made this for years, we just never put it in a jar. We never diced our vegs., we sliced them. All she put in hers was apple cider vinegar, water and sugar. Then let is sit for 2hrs too chill, some times it never lasted that long. I am going to try dicing this time and placing in a jar. thanks for the recipe.


Diana August 3, 2013 at 8:34 am

Can’t wait to try this. Looks so good. Thanks


Diana August 3, 2013 at 8:35 am

Looks good


TaylorR August 3, 2013 at 9:20 am

Thanks Diana!


Steve August 4, 2013 at 1:49 am

This stuff is addictive!!!!! Thanks for sharing !!!


TaylorR August 4, 2013 at 8:40 am

Glad you like it Steve!


Joey Janelle C. August 7, 2013 at 2:48 pm

We are huge” cucumbers & onions” fans in the summertime. I have never really followed a recipe, but when I saw your pic on Pinterest, I knew I had to try it. Oh my goodness. I seriously almost ate the entire jar standing at the counter. I will never use another recipe. Thank-you so much for posting this amazing recipe.


TaylorR August 7, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Oh good! I am so glad you liked it!


Mary W August 8, 2013 at 11:13 pm

I can’t hardly wait to try this. I love all the ingredients and the picture on pinterest is beautiful. Thanks for sharing


Dawn Markum September 3, 2013 at 11:35 am

I don’t like onions. Could you leave them out & just use more tomato & cucumber?


TaylorR September 3, 2013 at 11:39 am



Noelle M September 11, 2013 at 4:31 pm

We have a ton of cucumbers and tomatoes. If i jarred these and put them in the fridge, how long do you think they’d last? I know refrigerator pickles can last up to a year…?


Denise M October 2, 2013 at 11:49 am

Thank you for the recipe! I added red onion instead of white onion because that is what I had on hand and it was delicious! My husband ate just about the whole jar himself, so now I have to make another batch :)


TaylorR October 2, 2013 at 12:26 pm

So glad it turned out well for you!


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