There’s nothing better than the tangy, salty kick of this cucumber feta salad! It’s perfect for lunches, picnics, summer barbecues and more.

Cucumber Feta Salad

There’s nothing better than the cooling crunch of cucumber salad: and this one takes it up a notch with the punch of salty cheese. Try this Cucumber Feta Salad! It’s simple and no-frills with a punch of tangy vinegar and a salty burst of feta in every bite. Thinly sliced shallots add a note of savory onions, and it’s seasoned liberally with salt and pepper. It’s the best crunchy pairing for just about any meal: it’s great for lunches, picnics, summer barbecues and more!

Ingredients in cucumber feta salad

There are loads of ways to make a cucumber salad. In fact, most often we make this Cucumber Salad with Vinegar, where thin slices of cucumber and onion are marinated in a vinegar dressing for an hour before serving. This cucumber feta salad is even easier: simply mix the cucumbers with olive oil, vinegar, feta and a few herbs and you can eat immediately. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • English cucumbers
  • Olive oil
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Feta cheese
  • Fresh herbs: chives, dill or other
  • Salt and pepper
Cucumber Feta Salad

Why to use English cucumber here

The best type of cucumber to use in this cucumber feta salad? English cucumber, aka Persian cucumber. It’s got a much better flavor and texture that works well in this salad. Here’s why we prefer it here:

  • English cucumbers are long and straight, with a thin skin with ridges. The seeds are very small and the flavor is sweeter than a standard cucumber. The flesh has a bright green color, which looks lovely in salads! The best part: because of the thin skin and small seeds, it doesn’t need to be peeled or seeded before eating. You can find English cucumbers next to the standard cucumber in the produce section: it’s sold with a plastic covering to protect the delicate skin.
  • Standard slicing cucumbers are shorter, with thick, dark green skin and very large seeds. The thick skin and seeds can be bitter, so they’re often removed when cooking. You can use it here, but you’ll need to peel and seed it first. But we highly recommend seeking out the English variety.
Cucumber Feta Salad

Herbs to add

This cucumber feta salad is best with a handful of fresh herbs. There are a few great options that work best here:

  • Fresh chives work well
  • Fresh dill pairs well with cucumbers
  • Fresh basil adds a peppery kick
  • Fresh oregano also works

What to avoid? Woody, strong herbs like rosemary, sage, and even thyme don’t pair well with cucumber: they have a darker, moodier flavor than you’d want in this fresh salad.

More cucumber salad recipes

There are so many ways to build a cucumber salad! We hope you love this one. If you’re looking for more ways to use cucumber, here are a few more ideas:

This cucumber feta salad recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free.

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Cucumber Feta Salad

Simple Cucumber Feta Salad


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Description

There’s nothing better than the tangy, salty kick of this cucumber feta salad! It’s perfect for lunches, picnics, summer barbecues and more.


Ingredients

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  • 2 English cucumbers
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 ounces feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (like chives or dill)
  • Fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Thinly slice the cucumbers into half circles. In a large bowl, combine the cucumbers with the olive oil, red wine vinegar, kosher salt, feta cheese, chopped herbs, and several grinds of black pepper. 
  2. Eat immediately or allow to stand for 15 minutes for the flavors to meld. Stores up to 3 days refrigerated; it accumulates liquid during storage so serve with a slotted spoon. 
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Salad
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Cucumber feta salad

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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3 Comments

  1. It looks like the photos have shallots and briefly mentioned in the post but I don’t see any listed in the recipe. Is that optional?