Mediterranean Cucumber Salad

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)

Dressing:
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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5 Comment

  1. I love cucumbers and the flavors and ingredients you have in here are perfect and so refreshing for summer. Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays this week. 😉

  2. This year is the first time I tried an all cucumber salad too, found on a site I like to visit. I love the sound of this and will try it with my next batch of cucumbers.

    1. Debbie says: Reply

      Thanks France, let me know if you make it!

  3. How refreshing! I have lots of garden cucumbers to use up! Now I know what I am going to do with them! My name is Cindy and I blog over at Vegetarianmamma.com I wanted to invite you to link up your recipe at our Gluten Free Fridays Recipe Link up party! It happens every Friday and we’d love to have you join us with some of your awesome recipes! You can find this week’s link up here: http://vegetarianmamma.com/gluten-free-friday-recipe-link-up-1/
    Thanks,
    Cindy

  4. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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