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

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

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

    Thank you, and God Bless

  • Maija

    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.

  • Misty

    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

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

    • 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

    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?

    • 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

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

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

  • tristie

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

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

  • Susan M Jensen

    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

  • Colleen Stout

    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.

  • Rachael

    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!!

  • Karan

    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.

    • 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

    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.

    • Yes, fill the rest up with water!

  • Leslie

    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?

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  • Brooke

    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

      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?

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

  • Christine

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

  • Charlene

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

  • kathy hickey

    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.

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

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  • Starla

    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

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

      • Starla

        Thanks 😉 just had my first bite delicious :))

  • Shirley Dehmer

    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.

    • Wow, sorry to hear that.

      • Kelly

        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.

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

    • Sherri

      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

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

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

  • loreM

    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

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

  • Diana

    Looks good

  • Steve

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

  • Joey Janelle C.

    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.

    • Oh good! I am so glad you liked it!

  • Mary W

    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

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

  • Noelle M

    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

    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 🙂

    • So glad it turned out well for you!

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  • Robyn

    This is an absolutely DELICIOUS recipe! And so simple and healthy! I make this weekly – and it just gets better as it marinates! I am so happy I found this amazing recipe. 🙂

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  • Debbie Donnelly

    How long can they be refrigerated for? I would like to make several jars & keep them for up to one year perhaps?

  • ElizabethR

    Does anyone think this could be canned? I’m trying to find a way to can the myriad tomatoes and cucumbers that my garden is still producing after the wet August/early Sept we’re having. I’ve already canned oodles of pasta sauce, pickles and salsa. (I should have invested in Ball stock!) So, I’m looking for other recipes to make and can. I’ve given away about as much as I can. And the idea of throwing away perfectly good, as-organic-as-it-gets produce makes me want to cry.

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