Greek Cucumber Salad: Steps To An Easy In 30 Min

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Greek cucumber salad thats easy to make and super refreshing. Greek style flavors with a tangy dressing topped over classic ingredients.

Greek cucumber salad

Greek cuisine stands with the best in the world.

Their distinctive flavors and fresh ingredients are something special. This Greek cucumber salad is a great way to not only stay cool during the warmer months but a great choice to get some veggies in a tasty way.

Fresh herbs, olives, cucumbers and tomatoes are the main ingredients in this salad. But the star, that brings it all together is always the dressing.

The tanginess in summer goes hand and hand.

Surprisingly, this Greek cucumber salad is super easy to make and can be done in under 30 minutes after you prep the cucumbers.

Keep reading and I will show you step by step with come helpful tips along the way.

How To Make Greek Cucumber Salad

Do you have these ingredients already

  • Cucumber
  • Red onion
  • Olives
  • Feta cheese
  • Tomato
  • Olive oil
  • Basil
  • Dried oregano
  • Lemon
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Salt & black pepper
Greek cucumber salad

Read these tips before starting, makes the flavor better

  • Prep the cucumbers, the recipe can be made in under 30 minutes but you have to do this step first. A bonus, you can do this the night before. Slice the cucumbers then salt them heavy. Cover then leave in the refrigerator for an hour or overnight. This drains all the excess water that destroys peoples cucumber salads.
  • Soak the red onion, doing this takes that raw bite from the onions some people don’t enjoy.

Making the Greek cucumber salad

  1. First, prep the cucumbers. Salt them heavy, cover then place in the refrigerator for one hour. After, rinse them and drain the excess water from them. This step can be skipped but your cucumber salad will get very watery.
  2. Now, while the cucumbers are draining prep the other ingredients. Chop the onion and add the slices to water if you want to take away the bite. Slice olives and halve tomatoes. If your feta cheese is not crumbled, do that now.
  3. In a small bowl, add olive oil, chopped basil, oregano, juice a lemon pour in red wine vinegar and season with salt and black pepper. Give the dressing a mix then sat aside.
  4. When the cucumbers are ready toss all the chopped ingredients in a bowl together.Then, pour over dressing and mix well. Taste for salt and serve.
  5. Note, if you prepped the cucumbers the recipe will be fine to serve later. But if you didn’t serve immediately because you won’t have long before the water starts to leak from the cucumbers.
Greek cucumber salad

Will you have leftovers, how to store them

In my opinion, any salad with watery vegetables like cucumbers need to be served the same day. The recipe can keep about 2 days in the refrigerator if covered but the texture of the cucumbers starts to get off after the first day. Greek cucumber salad is not a recipe to be frozen. If after 2 days there are leftovers it’s best to toss the remaining salad out.

Greek cucumber salad

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do I have to peel the cucumbers?

No you don’t. But, for texture reasons I do recommend for this recipe. The skin can be a little tough compared to the other ingredients in this greek cucumber salad.

What is a traditional Greek salad?

Unlike the American salad, Greek salad doesn’t have lettuce. Of course, recipes will vary but what is consistent are tomato, kalamata olives, onion, cucumber, fresh herbs and some kind of vinaigrette dressing.

What cheese is sprinkled on Greek salad?

The classic cheese you always see is crumbled feta cheese. This is what is used in this Greek salad as well. It’s mandatory!

Other salads you can enjoy

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Greek cucumber salad

Greek Cucumber Salad

Greek cucumber salad thats easy to make and super refreshing. Greek style flavors with a tangy dressing topped over classic ingredients.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Prep Cucumbers 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine Greek
Servings 5 serving

Ingredients
 

  • 2 cucumber, sliced
  • 1/2 medium red onion, sliced
  • 1 cup kalamata olives, halved
  • 1 pint tomato, halved (grape or cherry)
  • 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 lemon, squeezed
  • 2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup basil, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions
 

  • First, prep the cucumbers. Salt them heavy, cover then place in the refrigerator for one hour. After, rinse them and drain the excess water from them. This step can be skipped but your cucumber salad will get very watery.
  • Now, while the cucumbers are draining prep the other ingredients. Chop the onion and add the slices to water if you want to take away the bite. Slice olives and halve tomatoes. If your feta cheese is not crumbled, do that now.
  • In a small bowl, add olive oil, chopped basil, oregano, juice a lemon pour in red wine vinegar and season with salt and black pepper. Give the dressing a mix then sat aside.
  • When the cucumbers are ready toss all the chopped ingredients in a bowl together.Then, pour over dressing and mix well. Taste for salt and serve.
  • Note, if you prepped the cucumbers the recipe will be fine to serve later. But if you didn't serve immediately because you won't have long before the water starts to leak from the cucumbers.
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