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8/29/2021

Cucumber Tomato Salad with Cotija cheese


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 tomatoes work.
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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    Mexican Cucumber Tomato Salad

    This easy cucumber tomato salad recipe is fast and fresh with a bit of a kick. The cilantro adds the perfect twist!

    Ingredients:
    • 3 plum tomatoes, diced
    • 1 large cucumber, sliced and quartered
    • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
    • 1/2 red onion, diced
    • 1/2 cup cotija, crumbled
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
    • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
    • 1/2 tsp Mexican oregano
    • 1/2 tsp crush red peppers
    • Salt and Pepper to taste
    Instructions:
    1. In a medium bowl, add the tomatoes, cucumbers, cilantro, and onions and toss.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. Sprinkle with crumbled cheese

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