Cracker Barrel Cucumber Tomato and Onion Salad

It has been a while since Cracker Barrel has made a new addition to their side dishes, Cracker Barrel Cucumber Tomato and Onion Salad is one of their new side dishes. This is a great light side dish that is so easy to make. This side salad is packed full of fresh cucumbers, grape tomatoes, and white onions.

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Make Cracker Barrel Cucumber Tomato and Onion Salad at Home

Is it possible to love a salad? Yes, especially one that is as tasty and simple as this tomato cucumber salad from Cracker Barrel. Light yet flavorful, this simple salad is the perfect side at a casual barbeque or works equally well as an appetizer for a sit-down meal.

You even have the freedom to make this cucumber salad recipe ahead of time since it actually tastes better on the second or even the third day. If you are looking for a versatile salad, you found it.

Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Onions, Oh My!

When you have such a streamlined recipe, you need to use the best quality ingredients you can find. Sure, you want your vegetables to be fresh, but it is just as important to choose the correct kind of veggies.

This recipe calls for grape tomatoes, and it is worth sticking with this suggestion. Grape tomatoes are small, firm, and sweet, making them ideal for a chopped salad like this one. There are many varieties of grape tomatoes ranging in color, shape, and size. Feel free to use any that strike your fancy, or even a mix of a few different ones. If you plan to make the cucumber tomato salad in advance, it is a good idea to buy the smallest grape tomatoes you can find. Using smaller types of grape tomatoes, ensure they are bite-sized without the need for cutting.

English cucumbers are the best choice for this salad because not only do they have few, if any, seeds, but they are less likely to be bitter than American slicing cucumbers. Since English cucumbers have thin skin, you can either peel them completely, partially or leave the peel alone. The peel helps the cucumber maintain its crunchiness, and it is the most nutritious part. Cut the cucumber into pieces that are approximately the same size as the grape tomatoes.

Some people dislike onions for their strong, pungent odor and flavor, but not all onions are like that. Some onions are sweet enough to eat like an apple. But sweet onions won’t work in this cucumber salad recipe. To get the right balance of flavors, opt for a mild, but not sweet, white onion. Skip any variety advertised as sweet like Walla Walla or Maui onions. Cut the onions into pieces about the same size as the rest of the ingredients in the salad.

Recipe Ingredients

This is what you need for the salad:

  • Cucumbers
  • Grape tomatoes
  • White onion
  • Italian dressing
  • Vinegar
  • Sugar
Cracker Barrel Cucumber Tomato and Onion Salad ingredients

How to Make Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad

  1. Thinly slice cucumbers and onion.
  2. In a bowl, mix together vinegar, sugar, and Italian dressing.
    dressing for homemade Cracker Barrel cucumber tomato and onion salad
  3. Add sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, and sliced onions.
    grape tomatoes, sliced cucumber, and sliced onion in a bowl
  4. Toss to coat the vegetables with dressing.
  5. Cover and allow the vegetables to marinate for an hour before serving.
homemade Cracker Barrel cucumber tomato and onion salad and forks

Tips for Making the Cucumber Tomato Salad

  • Make at least four hours before serving. This is the type of salad that requires the flavors to meld together. While the flavor improves within a few days of making, you don’t have to wait that long.
  • Serve at room temperature. The cold masks a lot of this salad’s taste, so take it out of the fridge about 30 minutes before serving.
  • Add a bit of protein. Chickpeas and cold, cooked chicken are great additions to this salad to make it a little more filling.
  • Store covered in the fridge for up to five days. Give the salad a good stir with a perforated serving spoon and strain the liquid before serving.
homemade Cracker Barrel Cucumber Tomato and Onion Salad on a platter

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Cracker Barrel Cucumber Tomato and Onion Salad

You can make Cracker Barrel Cucumber Tomato and Onion Salad at home with this copycat recipe.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cracker Barrel Recipes, Cucumber Tomato and Onion Salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 120kcal


  • 16 ounces grape tomatoes
  • 3 cucumbers
  • 1/2 cup sliced white onion
  • 2 tablespoons Italian dressing
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar


  • Slice cucumbers into thin 1/4 inch slices.
  • In a large bowl, mix together vinegar, sugar, and Italian dressing.
  • Add sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, and sliced onions.
  • Cover and allow the vegetable to marinate for about an hour before serving.



Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 54mg | Potassium: 402mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 740IU | Vitamin C: 16.2mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 0.5mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

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  1. Sandra

    This is one of my favorite salad to take to summer barbeque gatherings. It’s so refreshing. I didn’t realize that Crackle Barrel had this on their menu. When I go there, I am usually looking at the country fried something or other side of the menu, definitely not the salad section. For those who may want to add to this already delicious simple salad, you may want to include some green or black olives, which is what I do. I have also cubed some queso fresco and mix it in. Delish. Sorry for adding my two cents to your recipe but I got excited when I saw the recipe and wanted to share what I sometimes add to it.

  2. Kam

    To be honest all they use is kens italian dressing nothing else and the same for there grilled chicken i worked there 7yrs

  3. karen

    Good, but too sweet for my taste, so I added salt and pepper to improve. Next time, only 1/4 c sugar. Right proportion of tomatoes to cukes to onions.

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