Greek Cucumber Salad

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A delicious cucumber salad recipe packed with Mediterranean flavors, this Greek Cucumber Salad is fresh, flavorful and ready to enjoy in less than 5 minutes.

A super easy summer salad recipe, perfect for potlucks, tailgating, or an easy side dish. This Greek cucumber salad features fresh veggies, an easy Greek salad dressing and fresh feta cheese

Greek Salad Recipe

Greek salad is one of my favorite summer lunches.

It’s delicious, every bite is just a little bit different, ready in 5 minutes, doesn’t require turning on the oven, and it’s just 100% good, healthy ingredients – all while being incredibly satisfying.

Simply chop up the veggies, whip up the homemade Greek dressing using my homemade Greek seasoning (or swap in store-bought dressing) and serve.

It also makes a great side dish or bring-along potluck item. Seriously, who doesn’t love Greek salad?

One thing my salad doesn’t have that a traditional Greek salad does is raw red onions. Honestly, it’s just not my thing. It takes away my enjoyment of the salad, and when this Greek salad already packs so many healthy ingredients and is so delicious and crave-worthy, why would I ruin it for myself? Of course, you can add red onions if you enjoy them, or leave out a different ingredient that you don’t enjoy. 

Does Greek salad have lettuce in it? Traditional Greek salad does not have lettuce, though many North American restaurants add lettuce to their Greek salads. It’s completely up to you if you’d like to add some – it’s an easy way to extend this salad for a crowd or make less-pleasant greens a bit more enticing.

Can I prep Greek salad in advance? You can prep the dressing and chop the veggies in advance, but once the cucumbers and feta are combined, the salad will start to wilt and get soggy. The dressing will last in the fridge for up to two weeks, and the chopped veggies can be prepped the day before serving.

Do I need to remove the seeds or peel the skin from cucumber for Greek salad? Field cucumbers can have tough skins and a soggy, seed-filled core that ends up being really unpleasant in a salad. English cucumbers do not have this issue, but if you’re using field cucumbers, I would quarter the cucumber and then take a spoon along the inside edge to remove seeds to prevent adding that sogginess to the salad. It’s up to you if you want to peel the cucumbers – if the skin is too tough, it may be too crunchy for your liking. 

Can I add protein to Greek salad? Absolutely! Chopped chicken, tuna or salmon would all be delicious in this salad. If you want a vegetarian option, you can go with cooked chickpeas.

What to Serve with Greek Salad

Greek salad makes a delicious and filling lunch all on it’s own, but if you’re serving it as a side dish you may want to pair it with:

Greek Cucumber Salad Ingredients

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.

Tip: make extra dressing to keep on hand as a dip or to reduce the prep time the next time you want a Greek salad.

Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful

  • Sharp kitchen knife
  • Cutting board
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mason jar or dressing container
  • Large bowl

How to Make Greek Salad Dressing

In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice and red wine vinegar.

Add the garlic or green onions and the Greek seasoning.

Taste and adjust as needed.

Store in a dressing jar or mason jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

How to Make Greek Cucumber Salad

Pit and slice the Kalamata olives.

Chop up the tomatoes and cucumbers, and slice the red onions.

(If you want to reduce the acidic bite of the red onions, soak in water for up to 10 minutes.)

Combine all of the chopped veggies in a bowl and drizzle on the Greek salad dressing.

Toss the salad gently to coat completely in the dressing, then crumble in the feta cheese (or add in as cubes).

Toss gently to evenly disperse the feta cheese.

Serve.

 

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How to make a delicious, crunchy and flavorful Greek cucumber salad with homemade Greek salad dressing - perfect for a healthy summer lunch

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Yield: 9 cups

Greek Cucumber Salad

Greek Cucumber Salad

A crunchy, satisfying and delicious Greek salad recipe with homemade Greek dressing.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Cucumbers, chopped
  • 2 cups Tomatoes, or 4 whole tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Olives
  • 1/2 Red Onion, sliced, optional
  • 1/4 cup Feta Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Greek Seasoning
  • 2 cloves Garlic, sliced

Instructions

How to Make Greek Salad Dressing

  1. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice and red wine vinegar.
  2. Add the garlic or green onions and the Greek seasoning.
  3. Taste and adjust as needed.
  4. Store in a dressing jar or mason jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

How to Make Greek Cucumber Salad

  1. Pit and slice the Kalamata olives.
  2. Chop up the tomatoes and cucumbers, and slice the red onions.
  3. (If you want to reduce the acidic bite of the red onions, soak in water for up to 10 minutes.)
  4. Combine all of the chopped veggies in a bowl and drizzle on the Greek salad dressing.
  5. Toss the salad gently to coat completely in the dressing, then crumble in the feta cheese (or add in as cubes).
  6. Toss gently to evenly disperse the feta cheese.
  7. Serve.

Notes

  • Kalamata olives are traditional, but black olives can be used
  • If you want red onions but want to avoid the bite, you can soak them in water for 10-15 minutes to reduce the acidity
  • Feta Cheese can be crumbled or added cubed to the salad
  • Some people like to replace red wine vinegar with balsamic vinegar, which is essentially more aged and sweeter
  • Instead of sliced garlic, can use the white parts of green onions

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

18

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 50Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 219mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g

Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.

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This crunchy, satisfying and healthy Greek cucumber salad makes a great side dish or summer lunch option – and it’s kid-friendly, too!

Check out some of our other delicious cucumber salad recipes, like our Cucumber Avocado Salad with Pomegranates or our Cucumber Dill Salad with Feta and Pomegranate.

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A super easy summer salad recipe, perfect for potlucks, tailgating, or an easy side dish. This Greek cucumber salad features fresh veggies, an easy Greek salad dressing and fresh feta cheese  How to make a delicious, crunchy and flavorful Greek cucumber salad with homemade Greek salad dressing - perfect for a healthy summer lunch

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