Take advantage of fresh summer produce with a Mediterranean Cucumber Tomato Salad. This healthy summer salad recipe contains diced cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, fresh herbs, thinly sliced onion, Kalamata olives and feta cheese. It's the perfect light, low calorie summer side dish!
When gardens are overflowing with cucumbers and tomatoes, you can never have too many cucumber and tomato salad recipes right? That's my motto! Especially since you can't freeze or can cucumber, and tomato canning takes a lot of time and expertise. This can make preserving those two vegetables a bit of a challenge.
Luckily, you can't go wrong with my recipe for Mediterranean Cucumber Tomato Salad. A crisp cucumber tomato salad is such a classic summer side dish that helps to cool you down on hot days. Cucumber salads are light, fresh, easy and so healthy!
Why you'll love this recipe
- No cooking involved! This makes it perfect for a hot summer day.
- Stores well in the refrigerator.
- It's the best alternative side dish to all of the heavy, carb filled pasta salads and potato salads on constant rotation during the summer months.
- Cucumber - You can use any variety of fresh cucumbers for this recipe. English cucumber, Persian cucumbers, hothouse cucumbers or just any regular cucumbers you find at the grocery store! If the variety you choose has a thin, delicate skin, then peeling isn't necessary. However, if your cucumber has rough, thick skin, you'll want to peel it.
- Tomato - Fresh, juicy tomatoes are a must for this recipe! I prefer to use either cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes.
- Red onion - Since tomato and cucumber can be very delicate vegetables once they're sliced open, I prefer to use a very thinly sliced red onion.
- Feta cheese - What's a Mediterranean salad without feta cheese? You'll want full-fat, crumbly feta cheese.
- Fresh herbs - This simple salad recipe calls for fresh basil and fresh parsley - both of which are abundant during the summer months. I think fresh oregano would also be a delicious addition! I didn't include it in the recipe though because I find that fresh oregano can be hard to regularly source at the grocery store.
- Kalamata olives - No Mediterranean cucumber salad is complete without Kalamata olives! Make sure you purchased pitted Kalamata olives!
- Lemon juice, red wine vinegar & olive oil
*Detailed recipe instructions are found in the recipe card below.
- Large mixing bowl
- Cutting board & chopping knife
- Measuring cups & measuring spoons
Step 1: Start by cutting up all of the cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and fresh herbs. Give the olives a rough chop as well. Add all of the produce and herbs to a large bowl, along with the Kalamata olives.
Pro tip: Do not leave out the Kalamata olives! They add so much delicious, briny flavor!
Step 2: Drizzle the olive oil, lemon juice and red wine vinegar over the salad mixture.
Step 3: Give the cucumber tomato salad a good stir and then top it with crumbled feta cheese.
Add salt and pepper to taste if desired. I actually skip the salt and pepper! The Kalamata olives and the feta cheese add plenty of salt flavor for me.
This is an easy salad recipe made using simple ingredients. This makes it easy to change something up based on your taste preferences.
You could use different fresh herbs like oregano or fresh mint. It could also be drizzled with a Greek salad dressing. If you want to add some protein to this recipe, you could mix in some garbanzo beans.
I really love the lemon juice and red wine vinegar, but I also think a reduced balsamic vinegar would be delicious. My recipe for Balsamic Roasted Asparagus and Brussels Sprouts includes directions for homemade reduced balsamic vinegar.
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How to store
Store salad leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. I think it's best stored in a glass container.
A tomato cucumber salad recipe can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator. However, water from the cucumber and juices from the tomato will continue to seep out the longer it's stored. For this reason, I prefer to make this recipe right before I want to serve it and eat it at room temperature.Print
- 3 cups chopped cucumber
- 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
- ¼ cup thinly sliced red onion
- ½ cup chopped Kalamata olives
- 1 heaping tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- 1 heaping tablespoon chopped fresh basil
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- ½ cup crumbly feta cheese
- Add the cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, Kalamata olives, fresh parsley and fresh basil to a large mixing bowl. Mix to fully combine all of the ingredients.
- Drizzle the red wine vinegar, lemon juice and olive oil over top of the salad and then give the salad another good stir.
- Mix the feta cheese into the cucumber tomato salad. Serve the salad immediately at room temperature, or store in the refrigerator for later. Enjoy!
- Make sure to purchase pitted Kalamata olives.
- The olives and feta cheese add lots of salty flavor, but you can add salt and pepper to taste if you'd like.
- This salad is most vibrant when it's freshly made. If you're making it for a party, then I would recommend making it shortly before you'll be serving it.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Category: side dish
- Method: no-cook
- Cuisine: Mediterranean
- Diet: Gluten Free
Keywords: Mediterranean Cucumber Tomato Salad
This is a beautiful salad filled with fresh ingredients and delicious Mediterranean flavors! I hope you'll add it to your list of easy recipes and make it over and over again this summer!
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