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Tomato-Cucumber Salad

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One of the benefit’s of making yesterday’s Pulled Pork and Peach Pizza is that you’ll end up with a mound of leftover pork…perfect for a few pulled pork sandwiches.

I can’t think about pulled pork without thinking of Dinosaur Bar B Que, our local barbecue biker bar. It’s definitely a place we like to bring visiting friends. Really delicious, authentic barbecue is the name of their game. It was even voted America’s best barbecue on ABC’s Good Morning America in 2009 and it will be featured in an upcoming episode of Travel Channel’s Man v. Food with Adam Richman.

Dinosaur Bar B Que’s smoked pulled pork puts mine to shame. It’s so very good. You can never go wrong with the Big Ass Pork Plate. Excuse my language, please. I blush a little every time I order it. Dinosaur’s Big Ass Pork Plate comes with a huge mound of pork, a chunk of their Honey Hush Corn Bread and two of their many delicious side dishes. One of my favorite side dishes is their Tomato-Cucumber Salad. It’s always a nice fresh balance to the pile of meat on the other end of the platter.

So, with my dinner of leftover pulled pork, I’m mixing up my take on this classic summer side dish. Simple, summer-fresh flavors are always a win in my book.

Tomato-Cucumber Salad


  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 red onion, diced fine
  • 1 pound rom tomatoes
  • 1 large, seedless cucumber


Depending on the size of the tomatoes, cut them into fourths or eighths. Remove the seeds. Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise, then in half lengthwise again, to form four long quarters. Slice the cucumbers into small fan-shaped pieces. Combine the vinegar, oil, garlic, mustard, sugar, salt and pepper. Whisk to combine. Pour the dressing over the tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onions. Toss to combine.

If possible, make the salad a few hours before eating to allow the veggies to get comfy in the dressing.

If you’re feeling saucy, a batch of my Sweet Honey Corn Bread would work beautifully with this meal! Click here for that recipe.


13 responses »

  1. stuffedsillysarah

    I love Man vs Food!!! I wish I lived in America. I’d go alone and cheer on Adam : )

  2. Hello tomato cucumber salad…you will be making an appearance at my house this weekend. Great recipe. Thanks!

  3. stuffedsillysarah

    alone? I meant along šŸ™‚ Perhaps that was a Freudian slip…

  4. I love the simplicity of tomato-cucumber salads and I am ashamed to say that I have never thought of adding garlic! I doubt I will make it without garlic ever again.
    šŸ™‚ Mandy

  5. I just had this this weekend (for the umpteenth time) in the actual restaurant and I’m PRETTY sure there was no onion in it. I’m not sure of my past experiences, but I was definitely looking for onion chunks, and unless they were diced to the size of salt grains there wasn’t any in the salad.

    I highly recommend adding it though. The vinegar + tomato + onion is incredible šŸ™‚

    • Yes, there are a few differences between this salad and Dinosaur’s version. It’s not intended to be a copycat recipe. I haven’t had theirs in quite a while, so I’m not sure if it had onions or no, but I definitely love them in this salad…especially once they soak up some of the dressing!

      • I’m looking forward to trying it. In all honesty I was really craving some onion when I ordered it, and was disappointed when I couldn’t taste any. I plan to whip this up homemade style tonight. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Planning on this for a party, will it be okay made a day ahead?

    • Hi Jean,

      Yes, this will work a day ahead of time. The tomatoes get a little softer, but both the tomatoes and cucumbers absorb a lot of the dressing, making them even more delicious!

  7. I have the actual Dinosaur BBQ Cookbook and yes it does have red onion. The recipe listed here is actually a half recipe. The one in the cookbook doesn’t call for mustard though. You also left out the fresh basil (30 leaves for the full recipe) and the 1 teaspoon dried oregano.

    • Yes, I also have the Dinosaur BBQ Cookbook. This recipe is not intended to be the Dinosaur recipe. “So, with my dinner of leftover pulled pork, Iā€™m mixing up my take on this classic summer side dish. Simple, summer-fresh flavors are always a win in my book.” The Dinosaur BBQ recipe is also delicious.


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