Cucumber is one of those vegetables that I add to salads, but I’ve never before considered making it the feature ingredient in a salad. That is until I ended up with three rather large cucumbers in my fridge at the same time 🙂 I knew the only hope of using up these beauties was in a cucumber salad, but seriously….cucumbers don’t have a lot of flavor. How was I going to make my salad tasty and interesting?
I was inspired to go tangy by this Sweet Cucumber and Feta Salad recipe, but I didn’t have all of the other ingredients, so I improvised with what I had on hand – radishes, kalamata olives and fresh basil from my garden. If I had red onion, I definitely would have added that. Fresh tomatoes would work in here too (rapidly heading into Greek salad territory). The result was a tasty, crisp, refreshing side salad for our Saturday evening BBQ. Perfect!
I only made a small quantity – enough for two people, but I would definitely double it next time because it’s really tasty. This recipe is simple and easy, and the quantities of the different ingredients are very flexible – you could add more or less of any of these ingredients depending on your preferences.
Mediterranean Cucumber Salad
1 small or half a large cucumber (whichever variety you prefer) – diced
2 large radishes, halved and then sliced
6-8 kalamata olives, quartered lengthwise
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup crumbled feta
Sea salt and pepper (to taste)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1. Mix up the dressing by adding all ingredients into a small jar with a lid, and give it a good shake until it is blended.
2. Add the chopped, cucumber, radish, olives and basil into a bowl and mix together.
3. Pour over some dressing (you won’t need all of it) and mix.
4. Add the feta and gently mix it into the salad.
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