Easy Greek Cucumber Tomato Salad Recipe

Greek cucumber tomato salad is filled with fresh vegetables and Mediterranean flavor. Made in 10 minutes and needing minimal preparation, you can make this salad featuring crisp fresh cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, sharp red onions, kalamata olives, feta cheese, and a tangy homemade Greek dressing. The result? A flavorful salad that’s perfect for any occasion!

Finished salad with a fork in the bowl.

This Greek cucumber tomato salad is one of my favorites, and that’s saying a lot, considering my love for good salads and the variety of salad recipes on my blog. I adore this salad for its crunchy veggies and unmistakable Greek flavors.

This Greek salad is filled with fresh vegetables and Mediterranean flavor. Made in 10 minutes and minimal preparation, you only need fresh cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, sharp red onions, kalamata olives, feta cheese, and a tangy homemade Greek dressing. The result? A flavorful salad that’s perfect for any occasion!

Every ingredient melds together, from the English cucumbers to the feta cheese, to create an unmistakably Greek-flavored salad.  And it doesn’t stop there – making a homemade salad dressing enhances the flavor. For an extra flavor boost, try adding fresh oregano to the dressing!

I recommend this salad for just about any occasion, including a main dish (my favorite), but it’s also for a side dish, potlucks, summer barbecues, and picnics!

This Greek salad recipe can be considered healthy as part of the Mediterranean diet.  To learn more about the Mediterranean diet and how it impacts health, check out this article from the Mayo Clinic.

A pair of hand holding a Greek salad that has been tossed together in a bowl.

Ingredients Needed

This salad is soooo easy to make! It just takes a little time to chop the veggies and mix the dressing. From there, you will have a perfect cucumber Greek salad with flavor!

  • Cucumbers: Go for standard or English cucumbers. Always remove the seeds and pat the cucumber dry before cutting them up. This simple step removes excess water and keeps your salad ingredients crisp.
  • Tomatoes: Roma, grape, or cherry tomatoes are my favorites. Remove the seeds and pat dry like cucumbers to prevent a soggy salad.
  • Red Onion: A classic choice for that authentic Greek salad zest. If you find it too bold, green or yellow onions are excellent substitutes for a milder, yet still Mediterranean, flavor.
  • Kalamata Olives: These gems are a traditional staple of Greek salads. Not a fan? No worries, switch to black olives or skip them altogether.
  • Feta Cheese:  I usually buy vegan feta cheese at the store, but you can use dairy feta.  If you can find fresh feta, you are in for a treat!  I can only find it at my local Middle Eastern grocery store.
  • Lemon Juice: A spritz of lemon juice can bring the flavors alive!
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Use a good olive oil for that rich, authentic flavor.
  • Red Wine Vinegar: It’s the secret to the dressing’s signature zing.
  • Dijon Mustard: This adds depth and richness you don’t want to miss.
  • Oregano or Other Greek Seasoning: Whether fresh or dried, this herb is essential for a genuine Greek taste.

Video

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Additions

  • Bell Peppers: Add bite-sized pieces of bell peppers in any color to add flavor.
  • Chickpeas: Add a nutty taste and a hearty Mediterranean texture to the salad.
  • Fresh Mint: This can add a fresh pop of flavor.  Mind is also a popular ingredient in the region.
  • Pine Nuts: Add a Mediterranean touch with toasted pine nuts.

Substitutions

  • Cheese: Goat cheese is an excellent substation.  If you want shaper flavors, try blue cheese!  Both of these are available in vegan options.
  • Olives:  Out of kalamata olives?  Not your thing?  No worries, use black olives instead.  
  • Tzatziki dressing:  Switch up the dressing and use tzatziki sauce instead!

Frequently Asked Questions

A traditional Greek salad does not have lettuce; however, if you prefer lettuce, I recommend adding romaine lettuce.

There is no hard and fast rule to peel the cucumber for this salad. Some like the skin on, and some like the skin off. It is a personal preference.

Make-Ahead Instructions – Wash, dry, and cut the veggies stored in an airtight container for up to three days. Then, just before eating, drain any excess water. Then top with the cheese and dressing.
Storing instructions – Once dressed, store in an air-tight container for up to 24 hours. Add image

Dressing being spooned onto the salad.

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Salad with a spoon in it.

Easy Greek Cucumber Tomato Salad Recipe

Easy Greek Cucumber Tomato Salad Recipe is the perfect dish to freshen up your day! Made with simple ingredients and fresh produce; this salad is loaded with nutrients and flavor!
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Course: Dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American, Greek
Servings: 8 side salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Equipment

  • 1 Medium bowl
  • 1 Small Whisk

Ingredients

Salad Ingredients

  • 2 large standard slicing cucumbers, seeded and cut into quarters
  • 1 cup (139g) cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ cup (34g) kalamata olives, sliced
  • ½ cup (80g) red onions, sliced thin
  • ¼ cup (38g) feta or vegan feta cheese crumbles
  • ½ large lemon, squeezed

Dressing Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons (28g) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon (15g) red wine vinegar
  • ½ tablespoon (2.5g) oregano, dried (or 1 tablespoon fresh)
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Ingredient Preparation:

  • Cucumbers: Start by washing and drying the cucumbers. Cut them lengthwise and gently scoop out the seeds. Slice each half again lengthwise and then chop into quarter-sized pieces. In a traditional salad, the cucumbers are in large bite-sized chunks and not slices.
  • Tomatoes: Wash and pat dry with paper towels. If you're using Roma or larger tomatoes, cut them in half. Remove the seeds and the watery interior. Depending on the size and type of tomato, slice them into manageable, large chunks, but also bite-sized pieces.
  • Red Onion: Peel and slice the red onion into thin, long slices
  • Olives: If your olives are whole, slice them into smaller pieces. If your olives are pieces, you do not need to prepare.
  • Feta Cheese: If the feta cheese is in a block, crumble it into smaller pieces. You do not need to prepare if your feta cheese is already crumbled.

Dressing Preparation: 

  • In a separate, small bowl, whisk together all the dressing ingredients.

Combining the Ingredients and Dressing:

  • Place all the ingredients in a large bowl.  Evenly pour the dressing over the top and gently toss everything together.  Squeeze a small amount of fresh lemon over the top for a fresh flavor. 

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Notes

Substitution Ideas
    • Cheese: Goat cheese is an excellent substation.  If you want shaper flavors, try blue cheese!  Both of these are available in vegan options.
    • Olives:  Out of kalamata olives?  Not your thing?  No worries, use black olives instead.  
    • Tzatziki dressing:  Switch up the dressing and use tzatziki sauce instead!
Make-Ahead Instructions – Make the salad as normal without the dressing in an airtight container for up to three days. Then before eating, pour the dressing and toss the the ingredients together.
Refrigerator Instructions – If the salad has been dressed, eat within 24 hours.  

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Easy Greek Cucumber Tomato Salad Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
 
74
Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
6
g
9
%
Cholesterol
 
4
mg
1
%
Sodium
 
196
mg
9
%
Carbohydrates
 
4
g
1
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
2
g
4
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Tastes great. Refreshing! Easy to put together and “forgiveable” if you need to sub an ingredient to use what’s on hand. Do you have nutrition breakdown or did I miss that and the number of servings this makes?

    1. Hi Gayle, the servings and nutrition information is listed below in the recipe card. I am so glad you enjoyed my recipe

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