Hundred-year-old Tomato and Cucumber Salad Recipe

I love all the fresh summer produce at the farmer’s market. Two of my favorites are tomatoes and cucumbers, so when I saw a hundred-year-old recipe for Tomato and Cumber Salad I knew that I had to give it a try.

The salad  was delightful, and had a light vinaigrette dressing that enhanced the sliced vegetables.

Source: American Cookery (October, 1916)

Source: American Cookery (October, 1916)
Source: American Cookery (October, 1916)

When I made this recipe, I halved it and I still had more dressing than I needed. Here’s the recipe updated for modern cooks:

Tomato and Cucumber Salad

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 large cucumber

2 tomatoes

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons apply cider vinegar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1/2 tablespoon onion, grated

Slice the tomatoes, and pare the cucumbers with a regular knife and then slice (using a fluted knife if desired). Arrange the sliced cucumbers and tomatoes in a serving dish. Set aside.

To make the dressing, put the olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, and grated onion in a small bowl. Mix thoroughly and then pour the desired amount over the tomatoes and onions.

Extra dressing may be refrigerated and kept for several days.

My fluted cucumbers didn’t look like the ones in the old photo. Maybe they used a different type of knife.

39 thoughts on “Hundred-year-old Tomato and Cucumber Salad Recipe

  1. For years now, I’ve been thinking, “I don’t like cucumbers.” I have no idea why that is, so I believe I’ll give this a try, and see if I really don’t like them, or if I just was traumatized by them in childhood. 🙂

  2. My grandmother, born in 1915, made a similar salad while I was growing up. It was always so refreshing. I look forward to making this recipe. I think it will be wonderful a Michigan summer night.

    1. There’s something special about homemade dressings – and many are so easy to make that there is no real need to buy bottled ones (though I must admit that I have several bottles of dressing in my refrigerator and often use them).

  3. Easy prep. Perfect for 110° days. Everybody enjoy. I made the salad without some of the ingredients and had left enough left over for sandwiches – bacon and lettuce tomato sandwiches.

    1. It nice to hear that you enjoyed this recipe – and your comment makes me hungry for bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches. I’m going to have to make some very soon.

  4. Oh my, I was surprised at the dressing recipe. I figured there would be Mayo and sugar involved. I’ve given up both Mayo and sugar so I can’t wait to try this!! Yum! Thank you.

    1. It’s nice to hear that this blog brings back wonderful memories. I have so much fun doing this blog, and I’m fortunate to have wonderful readers like you.

            1. It’s so nice to hear that you think of her. She was such a kind and humble person. I love what I’m doing with this blog now, but sometimes I miss the diary years. I wish that she’d kept the diary for more than four years. I can’t believe how fast the years flew by when I was doing posts from the diary.

            2. I think we all do too – but with marriage and raising a family we all know how time consuming that is. It would be interesting to read her thoughts on family life. Her legacy lives on because of you. That is a nice tribute to the person she was.

  5. Since I stopped growing my own tomatoes I have not had much luck in finding REAL tasting tomatoes. I bet the salad would be very tasty with garden vegetables.

    1. I’ve noticed the same thing. Even at farmers’ markets, it seems like I can seldom find old-fashioned large, juicy, flavorful tomatoes. I guess that so many people are used to modern hard tomatoes that it doesn’t pay for the vendors to grow the best tomatoes.

  6. We eat like this all summer! That b/w photo in the original recipe looks like Oreo cookies, not tomatoes! Thanks again for posting these recipes.

    1. 🙂 I love your description of the old b/w photo. I hadn’t thought of it until you mentioned it, but you’re absolutely right, it looks like oreo cookies. That photo definitely has limitation.

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