This simple cucumber salad is loaded with flavor from chopped red onion, fresh mint and dill, and tangy feta cheese drizzled with lemon and olive oil.
Another cucumber-obsessed, husband-approved salad is in the books. Success is mine, especially when it comes to extra-effortless, bracingly-fresh side salads like this one.
This Mediterranean cucumber salad brings the cooling cuke crunch, red onion heat, fresh herby zip, and feta-fied tang that any hot summer meal needs. Simply drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice, there isn’t much this salad wouldn’t match on your plate for brunch, lunch, or dinner. So go ahead, dig in, and see what my husband is talking about.
What’s In Cucumber Feta Salad
Like any recipe with just a few simple ingredients, choose the freshest and best quality you can find.
- Cucumber: Choose a thin-skinned cucumber such as English or Persian cucumbers
- Red onion
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Fresh lemon juice
- Fresh mint
- Fresh dill
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Feta cheese: Choose feta sold brined in blocks. Avoid the pre-crumbled feta that can be dry and chalky due to its non-clumping coating.
How to Make This Cucumber Salad
Start with chopping the fresh ingredients. Slice the cucumber in half lengthwise then slice into half moons. If using cucumbers that have tough skin, peel before slicing. Next, chop the red onion and roughly chopped fresh herbs.
No need for whisking the dressing, just drizzle. Drizzle the cucumber and onion with the olive oil and lemon juice and season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper then toss to coat.
Add fresh herbs and briny feta for maximum flavor-flave. Here comes the flavor! Gently toss the herbs with the cucumber then top with big chunks of feta. Fold the feta into the cucumber where it will break down into the salad, or leave it on top in big chunks and let it settle in with each spoonful served.
Serve this salad the day it’s made. When sprinkled with salt the cucumbers release juice as they rest, so this salad is best when served straight away or day it’s made, but still tastes good the following day.
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