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Cucumber Greek Salad

Cucumber Greek Salad with Herbed Feta, Olives, Red Onion and Fresh Mint

I can’t eat enough salad these days.  Maybe it’s the weather or maybe it’s all the beautiful produce at the Farmer’s Market and my Co-op – quietly taunting me with brilliant shades of summer color and fresh earthy scents as I slowly meander by.

Salad is a lovely way to enjoy the warmer months.  No need to turn on a stove top or oven, fresh ingredients that are easily prepped and assembled and can be as fun and festive or as traditional as you desire.

Cucumber Greek Salad with Herbed Feta, Olives, Red Onion and Fresh Mint

I keep an assortment of vinegar and olive oil in my pantry for a quick dressing.  Don’t worry about getting to fancy or spending a lot of time making the dressing.  Just a dash of your best olive oil and favorite vinegar with a pinch of salt and pepper will do.  Get a little wild and purchase a champagne, pinot noir or sherry vinegar or high quality flavored vinegar to keep on hand for all your summer salad creations.

This enticing Cucumber Greek Salad was inspired by the traditional Greek salad that we all know and love.  I makes a lovely light lunch or paired with grilled salmon for the loveliest of summer al fresco dining.  Divine.

Delicious Wishes and Loads of Love,

Karista

Cucumber Greek Salad

All the ingredients are approximate.  Feel free to adjust to your taste preference.  Sometimes I load the salad with olives and sometimes I keep it simple with just a few.  Let your taste buds be your guide.

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 large cucumbers, peeled or partially peeled and sliced about 1/8 inch slices.

1/2 cup pitted assorted olives (I like using stuffed green and pitted kalamata olives)

1/2 cup small diced or crumbled herbed or marinated feta cheese

1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion

1/4 cup coarsely chopped or torn fresh mint leaves

Optional: Cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered

Salt and pepper

Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

Drizzle of sherry, champagne, red wine, pinot noir or balsamic vinegar

Directions

Layer the cucumber on a platter or in a large serving bowl.  Next layer the olives, then the feta cheese, next the red onion and then last, top with the fresh mint.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper and drizzle with vinegar and olive oil.

I love this served on a large platter but if you prefer, put all the ingredients in a bowl and toss with the olive oil and vinegar.  Garnish with extra chopped mint.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Hannah
    June 11, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Beautiful, Karista! I love the mint you added, and turning the salad into a hearty meal with grilled salmon sounds just divine. We are such fans of Greek salad and I think I’ll make this as a welcome home meal for my son – salad and salmon are his faves. Such a treat to spend time with you yesterday! xx

    • Reply
      bennett
      June 12, 2014 at 8:00 am

      Thank you Hannah! I agree, the mint is a lovely addition and truly creates a feeling of summer. Salad and Salmon are both my girls faves too. So wonderful to visit with you this week! xo

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    Marni
    June 11, 2014 at 10:10 am

    so hot here that i could live on cool salads in the summer! greek dressing and feta are both faves!

    • Reply
      bennett
      June 12, 2014 at 8:01 am

      It’s starting to warm up here and hard for me to turn on that stove top or oven. I LOVE marinated feta and could eat my weight in it. 🙂

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    Alyssa (Everyday Maven)
    June 11, 2014 at 11:46 am

    This is so perfect Karista. I am going to make this for dinner one night later this week with big grilled shrimp on top!

    • Reply
      bennett
      June 12, 2014 at 8:02 am

      That is a perfect pairing Alyssa! I love grilled fresh Gulf Shrimp. Yum!

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    Saffronandhoney
    June 11, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    So perfectly refreshing! Love the cooling mint & cucumber.

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      bennett
      June 12, 2014 at 8:03 am

      Thank you Ksenia! I agree the mint and cucumber are a wining combo.

  • Reply
    mimi
    June 12, 2014 at 5:46 am

    A beautiful salad. And fortunately, I’ve got cucumbers growing in the garden…

    • Reply
      bennett
      June 12, 2014 at 8:03 am

      Thanks Mimi! I can’t wait to get moved into our permanent location so I can start my garden. Cucumbers are on my list 🙂

  • Reply
    Maria | Pink Patisserie
    June 12, 2014 at 7:08 am

    Such a lovely, lovely salad Karista! I”m so fond of greek salads too. Perfect summer food in every way!

    • Reply
      bennett
      June 12, 2014 at 8:04 am

      Thanks Maria! I think you and I are share a love of salad. 🙂 I adore cucumbers so a Greek salad seemed the logic choice.

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    frugalfeeding
    June 13, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Hello! Always a fan of your recipes, as you know – this looks so summery and light, which is a good thing! We’re having a heatwave here in Britain 😀

    • Reply
      bennett
      June 15, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      Hi Nick! So good to hear from you, I must head on over and browse your blog. I’m behind on all my fave blog reading! Thank you, it is a lovely salad and so perfect for this time of year. We were having a heat wave but it turned cold yesterday. Warming up nicely again later in the week. Happy summer!

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