Greek Tomato and Cucumber Salad

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Yes, another Greek Salad recipe. And I doubt it will be the last.

Greek Tomato and Cucumber Salad / Sarah Crowder / Katie Workman / themom100.com

An authentic Greek salad consists of simple chunks of tomatoes, cucumber, often red onion, olives, and chunks or a slab of feta. Lettuce is usually not part of the equation, though in various restaurants and diners, it has certainly worked its way in. However, authentic Greek salads are actually lettuce-free. The quintessential Israeli salad is quite similar, though minus the feta and sometimes with bell peppers added in.

This would be great with Greek Roasted Chicken Thighs, Yogurt-Marinated Chicken, or Grilled NY Strip Steaks.

Greek Tomato and Cucumber Salad in white bowl.

This authentic Greek Tomato and Cucumber Salad (horiatiki) is a simple combo of tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, olives, and chunks of feta.

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Ingredients

This salad is perfect for making use of mid-summer produce! Also, try Tomato, Avocado, and Cucumber Salad.

  • Cucumber – Use a seedless cucumber if possible (see Tips and Substitutions).
  • Tomatoes – Make sure your tomatoes are ripe.
  • Onion – You can use red, yellow, or white one (red is very pretty!).
  • Extra-virgin olive oil – Use a good olive oil for this salad. It’s one of the key ingredients; you really taste it, and it can make all the difference.
  • Lemon juice
  • White wine vinegar
  • Oregano – I like the combo of fresh and dried in this salad. Dried oregano gives the dressing the flavor of great-Greek-diner-Greek-salad. Fresh oregano gives it that great-high-end-restaurant-Greek-salad flavor. The best of both worlds!
  • Kalamata olives – Add salty brininess!
  • Feta – There are a number of feta cheeses available, such as Greek, Bulgarian, and French. Choose your favorite!
Fresh tomatoes, cucumber, feta cheese, and other ingredients for a Greek salad.

Tips and Substitutions

  • If you don’t have seedless cucumbers, you can use regular cucumbers. Just peel them if the skin feels thick, cut them in half lengthwise, and scrape out the seeds before dicing them. Baby or Persian cucumbers are another option; use 3 or 4 of those.
  • You can use pre-crumbled feta instead of cubing feta.
  • If you just want to use fresh oregano, use about 1 ½ tablespoons. If you want to use just dried, use 1 ½ teaspoons.

How to Make Greek Tomato and Cucumber Salad

  1. Slice the cucumber: Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise, scrape out the seeds, then slice again lengthwise through the middle, and slice into ¼-inch slices.
  2. Cube the tomatoes: Cut the tomatoes into one-inch pieces.
  3. Dice the onion.
  4. Make the dressing: Combine the dressing ingredients.
  5. Toss and add the feta: Add the cucumber, tomatoes, onion, and olives to the bowl and toss to coat well. Top with the feta cheese and serve.
Bowls of Greek Tomato and Cucumber Salad on table.

FAQs

What is a traditional Greek salad made of?

Traditional Greek salad, also known as Horiatiki, is usually made of tomatoes, cucumbers, feta, red onions, black olives, and sometimes bell peppers. The vegetables are usually cubed, and there is no lettuce added. It is very popular in Greece, eaten all throughout the country for meals throughout the day.

Is eating cucumber and tomato salad healthy?

Absolutely! Jammed with fresh vegetables, this is a very healthy salad, as long as you don’t go overboard on the feta cheese or add too much dressing.

Storage

This salad can be made up to 2 days ahead of time. Add the dressing and toss (and top with feta) shortly before serving.

What to Serve With Greek Tomato and Cucumber Salad

Tan bowl with Greek Tomato and Cucumber Salad topped with feta cheese.

More Greek Salad Recipes

A few more Greek salad recipes because I am very serious about my Greek salads:

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Greek Tomato and Cucumber Salad

Yes, another Greek Salad recipe. And I doubt it will be the last.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 People
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Ingredients 

  • 1 seedless cucumber
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • ½ large red onion
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (divided)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon coarse or kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ½ cup pitted kalamata olives (halved)
  • ¼ pound feta (cut into cubes or slabs)

Instructions 

  • Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise, scrape out the seeds (see Note), then slice again lengthwise through the middle, and slice into ¼-inch slices. Cut the tomatoes into 1-inch pieces. Cut the onion into ½-inch dice (it will fall apart, that’s fine).
  • In a large bowl mix together the olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, fresh oregano, dried oregano, salt, and pepper. Add the cucumber, tomatoes, onion, and olives to the bowl and toss to coat well. Top with the feta cheese and serve.

Notes

  • Even “seedless” cucumbers have some seeds in them — scrape them out with a teaspoon, or if they don’t bother you, skip this step.
  • If you don’t have seedless cucumbers, you can use regular cucumbers. Just peel them if the skin feels thick, cut them in half lengthwise, and scrape out the seeds before dicing them. Baby or Persian cucumbers are another option; use 3 or 4 of those.
  • You can use pre-crumbled feta instead of cubing feta
  • If you just want to use fresh oregano, use about 1 ½ tablespoons. If you want to use just dried, use 1 ½ teaspoons
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Nutrition

Calories: 227kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 25mg, Sodium: 876mg, Potassium: 309mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 798IU, Vitamin C: 14mg, Calcium: 194mg, Iron: 1mg
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Katie Workman is a cook, a writer, a mother of two, an activist in hunger issues, and an enthusiastic advocate for family meals, which is the inspiration behind her two beloved cookbooks, Dinner Solved! and The Mom 100 Cookbook.

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