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.
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:
- Honey-Glazed Peach and Chicken Kebabs
- Ham and Cheese Sliders
- Baked Lemon Butter Tilapia from Damn Delicious
- Greek Beef Kebabs
- Pretzel Rolls
- Spicy and Sweet Chicken Diablo from Kylee Cooks
- Milk Poached Chicken
- Lobster Sliders
Greek Cucumber Salad Ingredients
- Olives <– Kalamata are traditional, but black olives can be used
- Red Onions, optional <– 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 <– this can be crumbled or added cubed to the salad
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Lemon Juice
- Red Wine Vinegar <– some people like to replace this with balsamic vinegar, which is essentially more aged and sweeter
- Greek Seasoning <– grab our homemade Greek seasoning recipe here
- Garlic, sliced <– can use the white parts of green onions
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.
Grab your free printable for our Greek cucumber salad recipe:
- 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
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.
- 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
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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.
This crunchy, satisfying and healthy Greek cucumber salad makes a great side dish or summer lunch option – and it’s kid-friendly, too!