Cherry Tomato Salad for Sandwich Meals

Cherry Tomato Salad for Sandwich Meals
In the cold heart of winter, when there are no luscious, vine-ripened tomatoes to be found, count on your little friend the cherry tomato. I’m talking about those little bits of deliciousness, tiny tomatoes, whether they are called a cherry tomato or grape tomato, they usually have bolder flavor in the winter. They are perfect for use in sandwich side dishes. Here is a cherry tomato salad side dish, with variations, that perfectly complements sandwiches.

Tomato-Cucumber-Onion Salad

Ingredients-amounts are given in the directions

Cherry or grape tomatoes-use red or multi-colored varieties
English seedless cucumber or mini cucumbers
Sweet onion-Vidalia or Peruvian preferred
Garlic salt
Pepper-freshly ground preferred
Salad dressing-I use light balsamic vinaigrette


This is such an easy salad to make. This recipe is written per person, so that you can easily make the salad for a couple or a dozen people. Start with 1/3 to 1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes per person. Chop the tomatoes in half. An easy way to do this is to place the tomatoes on a plate and cover with a plate of the same size. Hold the top plate down against the tomatoes. There will be a gap between the plates. Using a long, sharp knife (I use my bread knife), slice through the gap in the plates. Amazing! Your tomatoes are halved! Add the cut tomatoes and juice to a medium bowl.

When all of the tomatoes are cut, chop a seedless cucumber or mini cucumbers into small cubes. I like mine about the same size as the tomatoes. I chop about the same amount of cucumber as I have tomatoes. You decide how much tomato to cucumber that you want. Add the cucumber to the bowl with the tomatoes.

Next, I add onion to taste. If I can find Vidalia or Peruvian Sweet Onions, we love a lot of onion. For the hotter onions, we add fewer. When it comes to onions, I like to add about half the volume of the cucumber. Chop the onions the way that you want to. What does your family like? Mine likes them finely slivered. Add the onions to the bowl and toss the ingredients.

Next, sprinkle garlic salt and pepper, to taste, over the salad and toss again. Finally, add a dressing, if desired. We like ALDI’s Fit and Active Light Balsamic dressing. After adding the dressing, toss the salad one more time. Refrigerate until it is time to serve the salad. I like to make this an hour or two ahead of the meal, so that the flavors can blend.

This is one of my winter go-to salads. However, in the summer when your tomato plants are bursting with cherry tomatoes, it’s a good way to use a lot of those tiny tomatoes at one time. This salad is even more delicious during the summer. In the winter, it reminds me that summer, with its garden-fresh tomatoes, is on the way

This salad pairs especially well with high-carb sandwiches, since it is low in carbohydrates. It goes well with beef, chicken, pork, and cheese sandwiches. If you want to give it a little more pizzazz, you can add rings of colorful mini sweet peppers or some chopped avocado. Whichever way that you make it, I hope that you enjoy your scrumptious sandwich meal!

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