Cucumber Tomato Salad – Noodles & Company Copycat Recipe

Helloooooo Cucumber Tomato Salad

Do you remember back when you were a teenager and had nothing better to do than drive around and waste time? You probably spent all your money on going out to eat because, honestly, what else was there to do? When I was 16 and 17 ALL I did was hang out at my friends’ houses, wait until lunch or dinner time and then drive over to Noodles & Company.  Like clockwork.

In all honesty, I probably went to Noodles (as we called it), on average 5 times a week. No joke. I ALWAYS got the same thing too, Pesto Cavatappi, flat bread covered in butter, and depending on the day one of their ginormous cookies. After about a year of that order I switched to the much “healthier” Pasta Fresca (just looked it up, same amount of calories… haha) and replaced the flatbread with the Cucumber Tomato side-salad.

It did make me a little bit sad after all those countless meals at Noodles that I would no longer be eating there, mainly because I would miss the little salad! But, I no longer have a reason to fret because I REMADE IT. Yeah, buddy. This salad is super quick to throw together and tastes super fresh with some yummy Asian flavors.  You totes gotta try it 😀 The best parts were the huge, lovely tomato and crisp cucumber I got in my CSA this week. So perfect.

Have you ever seen a more gorgeous tomato? Didn’t think so

On a totally unrelated note, I made The Dr. a semi-paleofied version of his fave cookies on the planet, oatmeal chocolate chip, for his graduation tomorrow.  I can not believe it is already tomorrow! AHHH! They are grain free, with grassfed butter,  almond butter, and dark chocolate chips BUT they still are chock full of oats and both white and brown sugars… which means I won’t be eating them (well, maybe just one 😉 ) but at least they are better FOR him and whoever he decides to share with.

The leaves me with one quick question, would anybody like me to include semi-paleo recipes every once in awhile for those significant others or children who aren’t *quite* paleo? Lemme know whatcha think.

Sweet Potatoes and Smiles,

The Freckled Foodie


Cucumber Tomato Salad

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  • Yield: 2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Recipe type: Side dish, veggies, salad


  • 1/2 large Tomato
  • 1/2 large Cucumber
  • 1/4 Red onion
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp Honey (optional, I left it out)
  • 1/4 tsp Ground ginger
  • 3 dashes Chili powder (more or less, depending on spice taste)
  • pinch Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Sesame seeds
  • Freshly grated ginger if you have it


  1. In a small bowl combine oils, vinegar, honey, and spices; whisk to combine
  2. Chop the tomato into wedges, slice the cucumber and remove the seeded portion, and slice the red onion thinly
  3. Add veggies to a large bowl and pour dressing over
  4. Let sit for at least 5 minutes to marinate
  5. Serve with grated ginger over the top!

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Comments: 14

  1. Amber July 13, 2014 at 5:25 pm Reply

    I just made this for a bbq tonight and it was delicious 🙂

  2. Seedy July 28, 2014 at 8:30 pm Reply

    This was delicious. Made it tonight to top grilled salmon. I didn’t have apple cider vinegar, so I used rice vinegar. I also toasted the sesame seeds. It was fantastic! Thank you for posting!

  3. […] 5. Cucumber Tomato Salad Whenever you need a light meal or a side dish to meaty entree you can go with this cucumber and tomato salad which is just as easy as cutting up the tomatoes and cucumbers, and adding in some accompanying ingredients. The simplicity of the salad should not deter you from making it, as you’ll be adding a bit of honey for sweetness, and ginger and chili powder for a bit of a kick. This means it won’t be bland like it would if you were just eating cucumbers and tomatoes. Use ground fresh ginger to make it really special. […]

  4. Cindy May 13, 2015 at 8:57 am Reply

    Does this taste exactly like the one from noodles & co.?

  5. […] 29. Cucumber Tomato Salad from Noodles & Company […]

  6. Persephone December 1, 2015 at 1:51 pm Reply

    I work at Noodles & Company. The salad is cucumbers, tomatoes, onions tossed with a simple asian vinaigrette (equal parts mirin sweet wine and rice wine vinegar) then sprinkled with “oriental” seasoning (Chili powder, ground ginger, black sesame seeds, white sesame seeds, salt, pepper)

    • susan sobon February 7, 2016 at 4:29 pm Reply

      persephone thank you! how much of each spice?

    • Danielle July 29, 2016 at 10:28 pm Reply

      Is the oriental seasoning something you can buy or do you know what the ratio is for each spice? thanks!

      • thefreckledfoodie August 3, 2016 at 11:37 am Reply

        With the chili powder it really is important to season to taste!

  7. Bex May 20, 2017 at 4:21 pm Reply

    I worked at Noodles for 7+ years. The sauce on the Cucumber Tomato salad is nothing more than Mirin and Rice Wine Vinegar. There is an Asian Shaker on top, but that came in a box and I only know it was orangeish with black and white sesame seeds in it. I look forward to trying your recipe to see how it compares!

  8. Mike July 28, 2017 at 9:08 pm Reply

    This recipe is very good as written, but it is certainly NOT the same as Noodles & Co. The main offendor is the sesame oil. Leave that out and you’ll have a much closer taste to Noodles & Co.

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