This easy delicious Tomato Cucumber Pasta Salad is a fabulous way to use your fresh tomatoes and cucumbers which are plentiful during the summer.
What is in this Tomato Cucumber Pasta Salad?
This Tomato Cucumber Pasta Salad includes pasta, tomato, cucumber, purple or sweet onion, Tomato Basil Ms. Dash or fresh Basil, Balsamic vinegar and Olive Oil.
What is in this Tomato Cucumber Salad?
It includes a fresh vine ripe juicy tomato, a crisp cucumber, purple onion, spiral pasta, salt, pepper, basil, Balsamic Vinegar, and Olive Oil. The ingredients are simple but fresh. This Tomato Cucumber Balsamic Pasta Salad gets even better as the flavors marinate together.
I love all the fresh juicy fruits and brightly colored fresh vegetables from our farmers market. They are perfect in all of my Easy Pasta Salad Recipes including this Tomato Cucumber Pasta Salad.
How To Pick The Perfect Tomatoes
Don’t worry so much about finding the perfect shape tomato. Pick the tomato up and examine the skin to make sure it is not bruised. Be sure to select the tomatoes that are not too firm nor way too soft, and make sure they have a fragrant tomato smell. Yes, smell your tomato. A fresh tomato should smell fragrant. A firm tomato is not ripe yet and a tomato that is too soft maybe bad.
Where To Store Your Tomatoes
Tomatoes don’t need to be in the refrigerator. Keep them out of direct sunlight, and stem side up. This is especially true if they are a little firm. Allow the firmer tomatoes to ripe fully or use them in salsa or make a tomato sauce for a pizza or spaghetti. If they get too mushy or moldy, toss them out.
Did you know Balsamic Vinegar is created from grapes? Although Balsamic vinegar is a dark brown color, it is made from pressed Italian white grapes, called must. The must is boiled down to a thick syrup then put into wooden kegs to age. Each year the after some moisture evaporates, the containers. This process helps to concentrate the flavor even further. Balsamic Vinegar is aged for a minimum of 12 years, but some are aged up to 100 years! The final vinegar is a thick, syrup with a concentrated flavor. It is wonderful drizzled over fresh fruit including these beautiful tomatoes.
Although Balsamic Vinegar can be expensive, you do not have to get a costly bottle for this recipe. I use Walmart Great Value Balsamic Vinegar for about $6 a bottle. Do not judge me; it is a great way to get a fabulous flavor without the huge investment.
Tomato Cucumber Balsamic Pasta Salad using a loaf of French Bread
I normally make this Tomato Cucumber Balsamic Pasta Salad using a loaf of French Bread instead of the pasta. See Tomato Salad with Bread recipe. Since I have been on a pasta kick and my kids seem to enjoy all the pasta salads, I decided to add pasta instead of the French Bread. This Tomato Cucumber Balsamic Pasta Salad turned out wonderful. I will say that the pasta version is still great the next day or two which is not true with the French Bread version of this salad.
If you like pasta salads, I have included the following with links to some of my favorite pasta salad recipes on my blog.
- MACARONI SALAD FOR SUMMER
- PIZZA PASTA SALAD
- 25 EASY PASTA RECIPES
- CUCUMBER TOMATO SALAD – TUSCAN SALAD
Easy Pasta Salad-Tomato Cucumber Balsamic
- 3 tomatoes cut up in small bites
- 1 cucumber cut up into small bites
- 1/2 small purple or a Vidalia onion cut into small bites
- 8 fresh basil leaves chopped or 1 tablespoon Tomato Basil Ms. Dash
- 12 ounces Spiral Pasta
- Two tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- The ratio for the oil and vinegar is 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar. You can adjust the vinegar and oil for your taste. I like using two
- Two tablespoons balsamic vinegar and 1/3 cup olive oil.
- Toss the salad to coat everything really well with the vinegar and oil.
- Marinate this salad about 1 hour in the refrigerator before serving.
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