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Mediterranean Cucumber Tomato Salad

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Mediterranean Cucumber Tomato Salad, also known as Cucumber Tomato Feta Salad. This vibrant dish combines the freshness of crisp cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, and the tanginess of Feta cheese, all brought together with a delightful mix of flavors all drizzled with a zesty Homemade Lemon Olive Oil dressing.

Mediterranean Cucumber Tomato Salad

And if you’re a fan of homemade dressings like I am, you’ll love how the Homemade Lemon Olive Oil dressing elevates the flavors of this salad to new heights. It’s not just about taste, though – this salad packs a nutritious punch too. With its abundance of fresh vegetables and wholesome ingredients, it’s a perfect addition to any healthy eating plan. If you’re in the mood for variety, consider trying other nutritious salads like a hearty steak salad, Summer Salad with Homemade Lemon Vinaigrette, Chickpea Salad, or a vibrant quinoa salad to keep your taste buds and your body happy and satisfied.

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What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • Fresh and Flavorful: Packed with crisp cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, and tangy Feta cheese, every bite bursts with vibrant flavors.
  • Homemade Dressing: Elevate your salad game with a zesty Homemade Lemon Olive Oil dressing that adds a refreshing citrus kick.
  • Nutritious and Healthy: Loaded with fresh vegetables and wholesome ingredients, this salad is not only delicious but also a nutritious addition to your diet.
  • Quick and Easy: Whip up this salad in minutes, making it perfect for busy weeknights or last-minute gatherings.
  • Mediterranean Inspired: Transport your taste buds to the sunny shores of the Mediterranean with each refreshing bite.

Mediterranean Cucumber Tomato Salad Ingredients

  • 3 cups diced Roma tomatoes, about 5-6 tomatoes or you can also use cherry or grape tomatoes.
  • English cucumber, diced
  • ½ large red onion, thinly sliced
  • ¾ cup chopped fresh parsley,
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh dill, plus more for garnish
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Crumbled feta cheese, for garnish (1 cup)

Lemon Olive Oil dressing :

  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Mediterranean Cucumber Tomato Salad Recipe

  1. In a large mixing bowl, toss together the tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, fresh parsley, fresh dill, and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, minced garlic, dijon mustard, and honey. Whisk to combine, then season with salt and pepper and whisk again. 
  3. Pour the dressing into the bowl with the vegetables and toss together until well combined.
  4. Cover the salad and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  5. When ready to serve, garnish the salad with crumbled feta cheese and additional chopped fresh dill. Enjoy!
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Tips & Tricks

  • Whether or not to peel the English cucumber or regular cucumbers is up to personal preference. Leaving the skin on adds a nice color contrast and extra fiber, but peeling it can create a smoother texture in the salad.
  • The dressing can be adjusted according to taste. If you prefer a tangier flavor, consider adding a bit more lemon juice or vinegar. For those who like it sweeter, adjust the amount of honey.
  • While a minimum of 30 minutes is recommended to allow the flavors to meld together, letting the salad sit for longer (up to 2 hours) in the refrigerator can enhance the taste even further. Just be sure to give it a good toss before serving if it has been sitting for an extended period.
  • This salad is versatile and can be served alongside grilled meats, fish, or as part of a larger mezze platter. It’s perfect for summer barbecues, picnics, or as a refreshing side dish for warm weather meals.
  • While parsley and dill are used in this recipe, feel free to experiment with other fresh herbs such as mint or basil for a different flavor profile.
  • Leftover cucumber tomato feta salad can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Note that the vegetables may soften and release water over time, so it’s best enjoyed

FAQs about cucumber tomato feta salad

Absolutely! In fact, it’s even better if you let the flavors meld together in the fridge for a few hours before serving. Just hold off on adding the dressing until right before serving to keep everything fresh and crisp.

Of course! Feel free to adjust the quantities of cucumber, tomato, onion, and Feta cheese to suit your taste preferences. You can also add other ingredients like olives, bell peppers, or herbs for extra flavor and texture.

Properly stored in an airtight container, this salad will keep well in the fridge for up to 2-3 days. However, the cucumbers may release some water over time, so it’s best enjoyed within the first day or two for optimal freshness.

Absolutely! While the Homemade Lemon Olive Oil dressing adds a delightful citrusy flavor, you can certainly use your favorite store-bought dressing if you’re short on time or prefer a different flavor profile.

This salad is naturally gluten-free and vegetarian, making it suitable for many dietary preferences. If you need to make it vegan, simply omit the Feta cheese or use a dairy-free alternative. As always, double-check ingredients to ensure they align with any specific dietary restrictions.

If you’re looking to add more protein, consider incorporating grilled chicken, shrimp, chickpeas, or quinoa into the salad. These additions not only boost the protein content but also make the salad more filling and satisfying.

Absolutely! The onions add a bit of sharpness to the salad, but if you’re not a fan, feel free to leave them out or substitute with a milder option like sliced shallots or green onions.

Yes, Mediterranean cucumber tomato feta salad is indeed a healthy option. Here’s why:

  1. Fresh Ingredients: It’s primarily made with fresh vegetables like cucumbers and tomatoes, which are low in calories and high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
  2. Nutrient-Rich: Cucumbers and tomatoes are hydrating and contain essential nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, and dietary fiber.
  3. Low in Calories: With minimal added fats or sugars, this salad tends to be low in calories, making it a great option for weight management or general health.
  4. Heart-Healthy Fats: The Homemade Lemon Olive Oil dressing typically used in Mediterranean salads is made with heart-healthy olive oil, which is rich in monounsaturated fats and linked to various health benefits, including improved heart health.
  5. Protein Option: Adding Feta cheese or other protein sources like grilled chicken or chickpeas can increase the protein content, making it more satisfying and suitable as a balanced meal.
  6. Filling and Satisfying: Thanks to its high water content and fiber from the vegetables, this salad can help keep you full and satisfied, reducing the likelihood of overeating or reaching for less healthy options later on.
  7. Versatility: It’s versatile and can be customized to include other nutritious ingredients like olives, bell peppers, or quinoa, further enhancing its nutritional profile.
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Mediterranean Cucumber Tomato Salad

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Mediterranean Cucumber Tomato Salad, also known as Cucumber Tomato Feta Salad. This vibrant dish combines the freshness of crisp cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, and the tanginess of Feta cheese, all brought together with a delightful mix of flavors all drizzled with a zesty Homemade Lemon Olive Oil dressing.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups diced roma tomatoes, about 5-6 tomatoes
  • English cucumber, diced
  • ½ large red onion, thinly sliced
  • ¾ cup chopped fresh parsley,
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh dill, plus more for garnish
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Crumbled feta cheese, for garnish (1 cup)

For the dressing:

  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, toss together the tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, fresh parsley, fresh dill, and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, minced garlic, dijon mustard, and honey. Whisk to combine, then season with salt and pepper and whisk again. 
  3. Pour the dressing into the bowl with the vegetables and toss together until well combined.
  4. Cover the salad and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  5. When ready to serve, garnish the salad with crumbled feta cheese and additional chopped fresh dill. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Whether or not to peel the English cucumber is up to personal preference. Leaving the skin on adds a nice color contrast and extra fiber, but peeling it can create a smoother texture in the salad.
  • The dressing can be adjusted according to taste. If you prefer a tangier flavor, consider adding a bit more lemon juice or vinegar. For those who like it sweeter, adjust the amount of honey.
  • While a minimum of 30 minutes is recommended to allow the flavors to meld together, letting the salad sit for longer (up to 2 hours) in the refrigerator can enhance the taste even further. Just be sure to give it a good toss before serving if it has been sitting for an extended period.
  • This salad is versatile and can be served alongside grilled meats, fish, or as part of a larger mezze platter. It’s perfect for summer barbecues, picnics, or as a refreshing side dish for warm weather meals.
  • While parsley and dill are used in this recipe, feel free to experiment with other herbs such as mint or basil for a different flavor profile.

Leftover salad can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Note that the vegetables may soften and release water over time, so it's best enjoyed fresh.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 348Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 253mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 4gSugar: 16gProtein: 4g

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