Tomato and Cucumber Salad Boats

by Jenn on July 9, 2009

in Diabetic Friendly,Gluten Free,Salads,Snacks,Vegetarian


I certainly am on a theme of stuffing various produce with other food aren’t I?  First strawberries, then pears, and now cucumbers, haha.

This was a quick little salad I whipped up for an afternoon snack/light meal.  This is very easy, and only a few ingredients – cucumbers, tomatoes, mozzarella, onion, salt, pepper, oil and balsamic.  That’s it!  It’s a simple dish, that highlights some of the fresh produce in season right now.  Oh and cheese, because cheese makes just about everything awesome in my opinion :)


Ingredients (for 3 boats):
2 cucumbers
2 tomatoes
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
1 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, diced.
EDIT – someone suggested to me adding feta instead of mozz., that would totally work too!
salt, pepper
3 tbs EVOO
3 tbs. balsamic vinegar

1.  Slice cucumbers in half vertically, and core out the seeds.  3 of these will be the “boats” to serve the salad in.
2. Take one of the halves and peel the outside, then dice.
3. Peel and deseed the tomatoes.  The easiest way to peel tomatoes is to make an “x” with a knife at one end, and then extend the lines (only skin deep) all the way down the tomato.  The skin should just peel off.  If it doesn’t, a quick blanching will help the skin come off.  Once peeled and desseded, dice.
4. Mix in a bowl diced cucumber, tomato, onion, mozzarella, and the dressing ingredients.  Let sit about 10 minutes.
5. Scoop into the 3 cucumber boats and serve.



Photography Note –
I took these pictures instead in the sRGB space rather than the AdobeRGB space, and still the same issue of desaturation when published on the blog.  I can particularly tell here with the red in the tomatoes.  They really were red, trust me!  I think I am going to take others’ suggestions from twitter and comments and see if hosting my photos elsewhere like flickr (and not wordpress) will help.  We’ll see. It’s going to take some time before that can happen though, so until then, you may just have to trust me that photos are more vibrant than they appear!  Ok, that was corny, I know.  Sometimes that’s just my humor, lol.  Maybe I’ll just completely oversaturate all my photos and then they may turn out how they should on the web. ha.


Cate July 9, 2009 at 5:57 am

I’m right there with you on stuffing produce… I’ve been doing it a lot lately too. This looks simple and perfect for a light summer lunch!

Michele July 9, 2009 at 6:21 am

These look so yummy!

Kate July 9, 2009 at 8:35 am

I wouldn’t worry too much about the photos – they look great! Good enough to eat!

michelle July 9, 2009 at 1:14 pm

This looks good, I have a ton of tomatoes and cucumbers right not from our garden

zoe July 9, 2009 at 1:18 pm

I think the photo looks awesome! I really do! I like this kind of light snack too.

Cookie July 9, 2009 at 11:48 pm

These look yummy and super healthy too! Feta sounds perfect in here, maybe feta with herbs? I would imagine a soft cheese like Brie would be good too. What a wonderful summer dish!

Janine July 10, 2009 at 5:36 pm

These look great. I have LOTS of cucumbers I’d love to use. What is EVOO? Thanks!

Diane-thewholegang July 10, 2009 at 7:15 pm

How creative! I love it! Thank you for sharing this on Friday Foodie Fix.

Melissa July 10, 2009 at 9:12 pm

Those look very yummy!

Linda July 11, 2009 at 11:41 pm

That’s a very creative idea. I think the picture looks great as is. Thanks for the recipe.

Tanya July 12, 2009 at 11:55 pm

These look yummy! I’m used to using bell peppers to make my “boats” but love the idea of using cucumbers.

gfe-gluten free easily July 14, 2009 at 3:16 am

Looks fun and refreshing! Who wouldn’t want to eat that? 😉


teencook July 30, 2009 at 1:52 am

I made this tonight for my parents and it was really delicious. I usually hate being asked to make salads for dinner since they’re usually so boring, but I actually volunteered to make this! haha. Like others, I used feta cheese in this and I thought that was a good choice. I also added some extra herbs (I’m not sure which ones, they were all mixed together). To add a little more crunch to this dish, I put some walnuts at the bottom of the boat and it really made it even more delicious!
Thanks for a great recipe!

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