Czech Republic Comfort Food Recipe for Salad of Chopped Tomatoes with Cucumbers

by DerdriuMarriner

A quick, refreshing salad featuring chopped tomatoes and sliced cucumbers as main ingredients is a popular comfort food recipe in the Czech Republic.

Cucumbers and tomatoes are relished in the Czech Republic and are featured as main ingredients in a quick, tasty salad, chopped tomatoes with cucumbers (nakrájená rajčata a salátová okurka).

This salad is exceptionally easy to make and delicious to eat, serving as a satisfying example of Czech comfort food.


chopped tomatoes with cucumbers

nakrájená rajčata a salátová okurka
nakrájená rajčata a salátová okurka


The seasoning medley distinguishes the pairing of fresh cucumbers with tomatoes in this chopped and sliced salad recipe from Czech cuisine. Salad of Chopped Tomatoes with Sliced Cucumbers (nakrájená rajčata a salátová okurka) displays Czech culinary artistry through nuanced seasoning of two basic, prolific garden plants: cucumbers and tomatoes.

Bay laurel (Laurus nobilis) numbers among the quartet of seasonings. The flavorful herb contributes a distinctive aroma to European -- especially Mediterranean -- cuisine. My family retains the leaf, after cooking, for the salad dressing. We either:

  • crush it close to the end of the simmer or
  • allow the leaf to crumble naturally during the toss.

Those who enjoy the flavoring imparted by bay leaves during cooking but prefer not to consume the leaf may:

  • refrain from crushing during the simmer and
  • remove whole leaf from cooled seasoning mixture, prior to the toss.

In summer, my family often extracts the whole leaf after cooling for placement in a high mosquito traffic area. The herb contains cineol, a compound which is a natural insect repellent. Crumbling intensifies the compound's release.


Czech Republic Comfort Food Recipe: Salad of chopped tomatoes with sliced cucumbers (nakrájená rajčata a salátová okurka)

Prep time 5 min  -  Total time 20 min
Ingredients for 6 servings
Simmering the seasonings is the only time consumer (about 15 minutes) in this refreshing recipe.

According to portion size, yields 4 to 6+ servings.

Recipe  5.0/5 Stars (4 Votes)



1/2 cup water

1/2 cup vinegar

dash of salt

2 allspice leaves

1 bay laurel leaf

2 peppercorns

3 medium tomatoes, chopped into eighths

cucumber, 2 medium or 1 large, sliced




1. On medium-to-high heat, bring water to a boil and then add vinegar and spices (allspice, bay leaf, peppercorns).

2. Lower heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes.

  • Remove from heat to allow to cool.

3. While vinegar sauce is cooling:  

  • Combine chopped tomatoes and cucumber slices in a bowl.
  • Dash with salt.
  • Cover briefly to toss gently.

4. Strain seasonings from vinegar sauce and drizzle over salad.


Serve at room temperature or chilled.


Makes 4 to 6 servings.




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Bay leaf is an essential participant in the blend of seasonings for Salad of Chopped Tomatoes with Sliced Cucumbers (nakrájená rajčata a salátová okurka)

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A bowl of dried bay leaves for use in cooking

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Updated: 10/10/2014, DerdriuMarriner
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DerdriuMarriner on 10/13/2014

Telesto, Me, too, I also appreciate freshness in tomatoes and other garden crops. The dressing is divine. What I like so much about this recipe is its ease of preparation; then add the pretty presentation to the fresh, great tastes and textures and it's an understandably popular recipe.

Telesto on 10/12/2014

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM...... I love tomatoes and fresh food, and the dressing sounds divine.

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