This Greek Tomato and Cucumber Salad with or without feta cheese has all the robust Mediterranean flavors. With a simple 4-ingredient salad dressing, this salad can be made in 15 minutes.
Greek Tomato & Cucumber Salad (Primal, Low Carb, GAPS)
When garden fresh tomatoes and cucumbers are plenty, fresh salads become a regular on the dinner table.
There are so many different ways to enjoy fresh tomatoes and cucumbers. Even just slicing them and arranging them on a platter goes a long way.
Growing up, we would eat tomatoes like apples, straight off the vine, still warm from the heat of the sun. Now, I enjoy my heirloom tomatoes in delicious salads with other amazing flavors.
Greek Salad with Cucumbers and Tomatoes
I love using heirloom tomatoes directly from my garden or the Farmer's Market. Red zebra and Cherokee purple are bursting with sweet flavor and delicious texture. They are undoubtedly the stars of this salad.
Spiralizing the cucumbers not only makes the cucumbers more wow-worthy, but it also eliminates the seeds. But they can just as easily be diced, chopped, sliced, or cut however you wish.
If the cucumbers are large and too seedy, I recommend removing the seeds for better flavor. English cucumbers or Persian cucumbers are best for this salad as their seeds are tiny.
Greek Salad Dressing
My favorite part about this salad is that the salad dressing can be made in large quantities. It comes together with 4 simple ingredients - just toss everything in a mason jar and you're set.
Hold off on the garlic for a longer shelf life. But the dry herbs, salt, olive oil and lemon juice can be combined and even doubled for an easy salad dressing later.
Note: I always add garlic directly to salad and not to salad dressing as it has an off-taste if it sits too long. Because I usually make salad dressings in big batches, I leave garlic out until ready to use in a salad.
Greek Cucumber Salad with Feta Cheese
This salad is naturally GAPS compliant, low carb, and primal. Feta cheese is typically made from the milk of sheep or goat. Most people tolerate sheep dairy better than cow dairy.
However, if you are strict Paleo or Whole30, simply omit the feta cheese and enjoy the salad. There's loads of flavor without the feta.
Greek Tomato and Cucumber Salad (Low Carb, Primal, GAPS)
- 1 English cucumber
- 4 medium tomatoes
- 1 small red onion
- ½ cup fresh feta cheese
- ¼ cup Kalamata olives
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- Cut, chop, dice, or spiralize cucumbers. Remove seeds from cucumbers if they are too seedy.
- Cut tomatoes into small wedges (depending on the size of the tomatoes, these maybe cut into ⅛ or even 1/16). It's easiest to cut the tomatoes in quarters first, then again in eights.
- Peel and thinly slice red onions.
- On a platter, combine chopped or spiralized cucumbers, tomato wedges, thinly sliced red onions, crumbled fresh feta (more or less per preference), and Kalamata olives.
- In a small dressing or mason jar, combine all ingredients for the salad dressing. Add more salt if needed. Add minced garlic.
- Pour dressing over the salad. Lightly toss salad.
- Best enjoyed immediately. Salad can be stored in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 3 days but cucumbers and onions will loose it's crispy texture.
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This recipe was originally published August 17, 1017 and has been updated.