Cucumber Tomato Salad with Cotija cheese (Ensalada de Pepino)

This easy Cucumber Tomato salad recipe is fast and fresh with a bit of a kick. The cilantro adds the perfect twist...the perfect side salad with a juicy steak!

Mexican Cucumber Tomato Salad

Mexican cucumber salad called Ensalada de Pepino in Spanish is a cool light refreshing side dish. This easy salad is made with sliced cucumbers & juicy tomatoes and enhanced with slivers of red onion and a tangy vinaigrette dressing, topped with Cotija cheese. Perfect for a casual dinner or feeding a crowd at a potluck party.

What's in Mexican Cucumber Tomato Salad

Cucumbers - I prefer to peel my cucumbers unless I use English cucumbers

Tomatoes - Plum tomatoes or cherry tomatoes (cut in half) are what I use but any type of tomato works.

Onions - Red onions or white onion, diced or sliced

Cilantro - Fresh and diced

Cotija cheese - Queso fresco can be used also

Vinaigrette Dressing

Red Wine VinegarRed wine vinegar can be substituted by white wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar.

Olive Oil - Vegetable oil or sunflower oil can substitute for olive oil

Mexican Oregano - Marjoram is a great substitute if Mexican oregano is not available.

Crushed Red Peppers - Commonly made from crushing dried cayenne peppers.

Salt and Pepper

Cucumber Tomato Salad with Cotija cheese

Putting the Cucumber Tomato Salad together

  • In a medium bowl, add the tomatoes, cucumbers, cilantro, and onions and toss.

  • In a measuring cup or in a bowl, stir together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic powder, Mexican oregano, crushed red peppers, salt, and pepper.

  • Pour the vinaigrette over the cucumbers, tomatoes, cilantro, and onions, and let marinate. Allow this salad to sit for as long as an hour for the flavors to blend.

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    How long will Cucumber Tomato Salad last?

    Cucumber tomato salad with cotija cheese can be served immediately or stored in the fridge, covered for up to 2 days.

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