This light and refreshing Greek Cucumber Salad is bursting with Mediterranean flavor.
About the Recipe
Packed with crisp mini cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, briny kalamata olives, and tangy feta cheese, this delightful salad is one you will want to make right away! There is a generous amount of fresh dill and lemon juice, bringing refreshing flavors to every bite.
This is perfect to serve if you are hosting a summer gathering or simply just want a healthy and simple side dish. Or, make it a main meal with the addition of grilled chicken or salmon. It is sure to impress and satisfy the whole family!
Why You Will Love This Recipe
Refreshing - The crisp and juicy mini cucumbers are really the star of this salad and bring a burst of freshness to your plate. This is the perfect salad to make on hot summer days for those summer barbecues!
Flavorful - The combination of the fresh dill, tangy feta cheese, briny kalamata olives, and juicy cherry tomatoes creates an irresistible medley of flavors. You will love the blend of tangy and savory notes in every bite!
Simple - This recipe requires minimal preparation and a few simple ingredients. It’s quick to come together and perfect when you want to whip something delicious up in a hurry.
Here are the ingredients you will need for this greek cucumber salad recipe:
- Cherry tomatoes: Use halved cherry tomatoes.
- Kalamata olives: You will want to use pitted and halved kalamata olives.
- Red onion
- Feta cheese: You can use a block or crumbles.
- Cucumbers: You will need 6 mini cucumbers. I like the mini crisp cucumbers because they're so crunchy and perfectly bite sized.
- Dill: Fresh dill will give you the best flavor.
- Olive oil: Use a good quality extra virgin olive oil for the best flavor.
- Lemon juice: Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for the best flavor.
- Salt & black pepper
Let's make this easy salad together!
Step 1: In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, olives, onion, feta cheese, and cucumbers.
Step 2: In a small bowl, combine the dill, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper. Whisk well.
Step 3: Pour the dressing over the cucumber mixture. Toss well. Serve and enjoy!
Expert Tips and Tricks
Here are some expert tips to make this cucumber Greek salad:
Dressing - Add all of the ingredients to a jar with a tight fitting lid and give it a good shake. This is a quick way to emulsify the dressing ingredients.
Extra dill - If you are a fan of dill, feel free to add extra dill and/or garnish the salad with a handful of chopped dill.
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Large bowl - Use a large bowl to serve this salad.
Salad Serving Spoons - These spoons are perfect for tossing then serving this salad.
Here are some common recipe substitutions and variations for this easy Greek cucumber salad.
Mini cucumbers - If you are unable to find mini cucumbers, an English cucumber would be a great substitute. Regular cucumber would work too, just be sure to remove the seeds and slice them into bite-sized pieces.
Dill - If fresh dill is not available or it isn’t your favorite flavor, feel free to substitute it with other fresh herbs like mint or parsley.
Cherry tomatoes - Feel free to experiment with different types of tomatoes. Some great choices would be heirloom tomatoes, grape tomatoes or even sundried tomatoes.
Additions - You can add other fresh vegetables such as green pepper, Roma tomatoes, and green onions, or black olives to this salad. You could also make this a creamy cucumber salad with the addition of Greek yogurt.
What To Serve With
Here are some great recipes to serve alongside this delicious salad:
The Best Grilled Chicken Sandwich - This Grilled Chicken Sandwich Recipe is truly the best ever! With a delicious marinade, brioche buns, tomato slices, red onion, lettuce, and mayo, you'll make these delicious sandwiches again and again.
Burrata Pizza - This recipe for Burrata Pizza is going to be one of your new favorite things to make! It has lusciously creamy and buttery burrata cheese, savory pizza sauce, aromatic fresh basil, and a crispy crust!
Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta - This simple pasta is a quick and simple recipe to make, but the flavors are complex and satisfying. It’s perfect to make for a cozy night in, busy weeknights, or a special occasion gathering. This recipe is great for the entire family!
Frequently Asked Questions
This salad is really best with fresh herbs because they pair so nicely with the other fresh ingredients. If you are unable to find fresh dill, try fresh mint or parsley instead. If you choose to give dried dill a try, I would use 2 teaspoons.
This is really best eaten right after, or shortly after, it has been prepared. Once it has time to sit in the refrigerator for a while, it tends to get watery. You could prepare all the ingredients ahead of time and then toss it together before serving.
Sure. To maintain the tanginess of the lemon juice, try substituting red wine vinegar in its place. You could also try lime juice.
Recipe Storage and Reheating
Here are storage instructions for this great salad:
Refrigerator Storage: Store in an airtight container and eat leftovers within 1-2 days.
Freezer Storage: Freezing is not recommended.
Other Recipes to Try
Greek Cucumber Salad
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
- ½ cup kalamata olives pitted
- ½ red onion sliced
- 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 6 mini cucumbers sliced
- 2 tablespoons fresh dill
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Combine cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, red onion, feta cheese, and cucumbers in a large bowl.
- In a small bowl, combine dill, extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper. Whisk well. Pour dressing over salad and toss.