grandma’s creamy italian cucumber salad

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I made a bunch of fresh salads for our 4th of July celebration this year and decided to include this yummy favorite. It’s seriously amazing! Grandma’s Creamy Italian Cucumber Salad is just as easy to make as her traditional, classic cucumber salad, but with an Italian twist. We love the addition of two kinds ofย  fresh tomatoes, zesty seasonings, and creamy Italian dressing in this delicious salad. Keep it in mind for your next picnic or potluck. This makes a BIG bowl, but the recipe can easily be cut in half for a smaller crowd.

for the salad:

4 large cucumbers, peeled and sliced thin

4 cups big garden tomatoes, seeds removed, chopped

3 large cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup onion (any type) chopped fine

1/2 cup sliced green olives

1 cup cherry tomatoes OR grape tomatoes

Place all salad ingredients, except for the cherry tomatoes, in a big mixing bowl and toss to combine so everything is evenly incorporated.

for the dressing:

1 heaping cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup grated or powdered Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup balsamic vinaigrette (We use Newman’s Own or homemade)

2 teaspoons onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

2 Tablespoons dry Italian seasoning OR dry oregano

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Place all dressing ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and whisk until smooth. Pour over salad ingredients and gently toss to combine. Transfer salad to a pretty salad bowl and top with the cherry tomatoes and a fresh sprig of basil for a garnish, if you wish. Chill until ready to serve.







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  9 comments for “grandma’s creamy italian cucumber salad

  1. Kitkat
    July 17, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Our family’s salad is very similar, but has no olives, although I think they’re a good addition. We use blue cheese crumble, not parmesan. I wonder about feta. Have you tried that? This salad epitomizes Spring/Summer.

    • Melissa
      July 18, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      Oohhh!!! I’ll have to try the blue cheese or feta some time! They would both be wonderful! Thanks for the ideas, Kitkat! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • cindy
      July 31, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      if tomatoes r In season and have a strong fresh flavor parmesan is enough but winter I use blue cheese

      • Melissa
        August 1, 2017 at 11:34 am

        I’ll have to try that ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Diane
    July 18, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    I don’t have any basamic vinaigrette on hand…what can I use instead?? I have Olive Garden dressing

    • Rhonda
      July 23, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      I didn’t have any balsamic vinaigrette either, so I used red wine vinaigrette and I consider the salad a win.

      • Melissa
        July 23, 2017 at 5:04 pm

        Yay! Good call, and red wine vinegar is a great substitute ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Charisse
    July 4, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    I am skeptical about the dressing. The 1/2 cup of balsamic was overpowering.

    • Melissa
      July 7, 2019 at 12:09 pm

      Well, it calls for balsamic vinaigrette, not just pure balsamic vinegar. Big difference ๐Ÿ˜‰

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