This easy Greek Cucumber Salad is a refreshing and healthy option for summer days. Made with cucumbers, tomatoes, feta cheese, and a homemade Greek dressing, it's perfect as a side dish or light meal. It's also great for potlucks and summer barbecues!
Greek cucumber salad combines crunchy cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, tangy feta cheese, and a zesty dressing of olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and herbs.
It's easy to prepare - just chop the veggies, crumble the feta, and mix the dressing. Toss it all together in less than 10 minutes, perfect for busy weeknights.
This easy salad is perfect for anyone looking to add a fresh Mediterranean flavor to their meals.
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❤️ Why You Will Love This Recipe
- This Greek cucumber tomato salad is full of fresh ingredients.
- It's easy to make and has a fresh flavor, thanks to the lemon-garlic dressing.
- This salad can be served as a side dish or a light meal.
- It's budget-friendly.
- This Mediterranean Cucumber salad is low-carb - making it perfect for anyone following a Mediterranean diet or looking for a low-carb, gluten-free, or keto dish.
- It can be easily doubled or tripled to feed a crowd.
🍅 Ingredient Notes + Substitutions
This cucumber tomato Greek salad uses a handful of fresh vegetables and simple ingredients you can easily find at your local grocery store.
- Lettuce: You can use any lettuce, such as Romaine, Iceberg, Arugala, or Butter lettuce. If you don't want to use lettuce, skip it and just use the other ingredients.
- Cucumbers: Long English cucumber is my favorite for this salad, but you can use any cucumber.
- Tomatoes: I used cherry tomatoes, but you can use grape tomatoes, Roma tomatoes, or any large tomatoes.
- Red onion: You can use green, white, or yellow onions as well.
- Kalamata olives: You can use black olives or green olives instead. I like to buy my Kalamata olives already pitted to make it even easier to make this classic Greek salad.
- Feta cheese: You can even use goat cheese, blue cheese, or parmesan cheese.
- Extra virgin olive oil: You can also use any oil, such as avocado or grapeseed.
- Fresh lemon juice: You can use lime juice instead of lemon juice if you prefer.
- Garlic: I used fresh garlic or ½ teaspoon of garlic powder instead. If you don't like garlic, skip it.
- Dried oregano: I used dried oregano, but you could use fresh oregano. You can also use dried or fresh herbs like basil or thyme.
See the printable recipe card for exact measurements and a full list of ingredients.
🥒 How To Make Greek Cucumber Salad
First things first, wash and dry the lettuce and tear it into bite-sized pieces. Put it in a large mixing bowl.
Slice the cucumbers, tomatoes, and thinly slice the red onion. Add them to the mixing bowl with the lettuce.
Add the pitted Kalamata olives and crumbled feta cheese to the mixing bowl with the other ingredients.
In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, and dried oregano.
Pour the Greek salad dressing over the salad and toss gently until everything is evenly coated.
Cover the salad with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
Before serving, give the salad a quick toss to redistribute the dressing.
Add salt and black pepper to taste.
💭 Expert Tips
- Choose ripe, juicy, vine-ripened tomatoes that are firm but give slightly when gently squeezed.
- Don't skip the marinating step.
- Slice the vegetables evenly.
- Adjust seasoning to taste. If you like more tang, add more lemon juice.
- Add other ingredients such as green pepper, avocado, radishes, or chickpeas.
- Greek cucumber salad is best served chilled, so keep it in the fridge until you're ready to serve. Place the bowl inside a larger bowl filled with ice to help keep it cool if you're serving it outdoors on a hot summer day.
❓ Recipe FAQs
Yes! This salad can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for several hours. If you need to store it longer, do not add the dressing until a half hour before you want to serve it. Make sure to store it in an airtight container or cover it with plastic wrap to keep it fresh.
Yes, the lettuce is optional,
Yes! Simply omit the feta cheese or use a vegan brand of feta, and the salad is vegan-friendly.
This salad will last in the fridge for up to 2 days if stored in an airtight container. However, keep in mind that the cucumbers and tomatoes may release excess water, making the salad a bit soggy over time.
Yes, you can add some red pepper flakes or chopped jalapeño to the salad to add some heat.
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Easy Greek Cucumber Salad Recipe
For The Salad
- 1 head lettuce washed and chopped
- 2 large cucumbers sliced
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half or 2-3 medium to large tomatoes, chopped
- ½ large red onion thinly sliced
- ½ cup Kalamata olives pitted
- ½ cup Feta cheese crumbled
For The Dressing
- ¼ cup Olive oil
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- salt + black pepper to taste
- Combine the lettuce, sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, Kalamata olives, and crumbled feta cheese in a large mixing bowl.
- Whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, and dried oregano in a separate bowl or measuring cup.
- Pour the dressing over the cucumber mixture and gently toss until evenly coated.
- Cover the salad with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
- Before serving, give the salad a quick toss to redistribute the dressing.
- Choose ripe, juicy tomatoes: The quality of your tomatoes can make or break the salad. Look for vine-ripened tomatoes that are firm but give slightly when gently squeezed. The fresher, the better!
- Use a good quality feta cheese: Feta cheese is an essential ingredient in Greek salad, so it's worth investing in a good quality one. For best results, look for feta that is made with sheep's milk and is sitting in a brine.
- Don't skip the marinating step: Allowing the salad to marinate in the dressing for at least 30 minutes helps the flavors meld together.
- Slice the vegetables evenly: When slicing the cucumbers and tomatoes, try to cut them into small, bite-sized pieces. This will help ensure each bite has a balanced combination of flavors.
- Adjust seasoning to taste: While this recipe includes specific measurements for the dressing and seasoning, you should feel free to adjust them to your own taste. If you like more tang, add more lemon juice. If you prefer less salt, use less. Don't be afraid to experiment!
- Add other ingredients: If you want to mix things up, you can add other ingredients to your Greek cucumber salad, such as green pepper, avocado, radishes, or chickpeas.
- Serve cold: Greek cucumber salad is best served chilled, so keep it in the fridge until you're ready to serve. You can also place the bowl inside a larger bowl filled with ice to help keep it cool if you're serving it outdoors on a hot summer day.
👩🏻🍳 Meet The Author
Meet Jeri, a self-taught home cook with over 40 years of cooking experience who decided to start a second career as a full-time food blogger. She is the recipe creator, writer, photographer, and creator of Winding Creek Ranch. Her mission is to make your life easier by sharing delicious recipes your family will love.