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May 15, 2024

Hello Foodie Friends

Ahhhh a fresh cucumber tomato feta salad tossed with a simple olive oil dressing just screams summer and I intend to make this and many variations of it many times over the next few months. The just feta gives it a creamy saltiness that just hits the spot but you can leave it out too if you're not a fan. This makes a great lunch or side dish and can get even heartier by adding your favorite protein or pasta with it too.

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1 large English cucumbers, halved lengthwise then sliced into 1/2 inch thick pieces
1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 small red onion, sliced thin
1/2 cup feta cheese
1/4 cup dill finely chopped

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 TB red wine vinegar
Juice of 1 lemon
1 garlic clove grated
1/2 Tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Prepare the dressing. In a large bowl, add olive oil, vinegar, lemon, garlic, mustard, salt and pepper. Whisk with a fork and set aside. In a separate bowl add cucumbers, tomatoes, feta cheese, red onion and dill. Stir gently with a large spoon until well combined. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Just before serving toss with dressing to coat.


Should you peel cucumbers for a salad?

There's no need to peel cucumbers when you're making a salad. I love the crisp bite that the skin adds. If you use English cucumbers or Persian cucumbers, they have thinner skin than other types.

What's the difference between Persian cucumbers and regular cucumbers?

Persian cucumbers, also sometimes labeled as mini cucumbers, are smaller than regular cucumbers in both diameter and length. They are 5 to 6 inches long. Also, they have thinner skin and less seeds than standard cucumbers.

Mellow Out The Onion!
Love the crunch and flavor of red onion but find them a bit too strong? Slice the onion and soak it in cold water for about 20 minutes. Drain away the water and add the onion to your salad. They'll mellow out quite a bit while staying nice and crisp.