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Traditional Greek Cucumber Salad Recipe

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You’ll love this Greek cucumber salad that’s made with fresh veggies! It’s refreshing, easy-to-make, and made with basic ingredients that will be extra delicious when you use summer tomatoes and cucumbers. Serve the Greek cucumber tomato salad with just about any main dish, or the Greek recipes below.

Serve this traditional Greek salad with Greek grilled chicken, easy Greek beef pita sandwiches, or even as a topping to the Greek chickpea skillet dinner.

Bowl of Greek cucumber salad with fork in it.

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

What is Greek cucumber salad called?

The classic side salad you’ll find in Greece is called Horiatiki / Xoriatiki. It’s simple, refreshing, and often served with Greek dishes.

What You’ll Love About Greek Cucumber Salad

  • Classic Greek flavors
  • Quick and easy salad
  • Made with basic ingredients
  • Great way to enjoy veggies
  • Goes with so many dishes
Big bowl of tomato cucumber Greek salad with feta cheese.

Greek Salad Ingredients

This Greek salad recipe is made with simple ingredients:

  • Cucumber – I prefer to use an English cucumber so you don’t have to peel it or remove the seeds. If you use a traditional cucumber, peel and scoop out seeds with a spoon if necessary.
  • Green pepper – I love the flavor of green pepper, but you could use any bell pepper.
  • Tomato – You can really use any type of tomato, so use whatever is best at the time. Grape tomatoes, roma tomatoes, or even heirloom tomatoes will work.
  • Onion – Red onion is classic in Greek tomato cucumber salads.
  • Olives – Kalamata olives are a must. Purists will say you need to use olives with pits, but I prefer pitted as they are easier to eat. Your call. 🙂
  • Feta cheese – Block feta is a MUST! When I was in Greece, I loved that the salads came with a huge slab of feta cheese so I think it’s the only way to do it. (Not to mention it has so much more flavor than crumbles.)
  • Olive oil, dried oregano, flaky sea salt, freshly cracked pepper
Ingredient to make cucumber tomato Greek salad.

How to Make Greek Cucumber Salad

This recipe for Greek cucumber salad comes together really quickly:

  • Prep ingredients. Slice cucumber into half moons, dice green pepper, cut tomatoes, thinly slice red onion, and slice feta cheese.
  • Assemble salad. In a large bowl, combine cucumber, green pepper, tomatoes, olives, and red onion. Toss to combine.
  • Dress salad. Top salad with slabs of feta cheese and drizzle with olive oil. Season with oregano, sea salt, and freshly cracked black pepper.
Greek cucumber tomato salad being drizzled with oil.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a traditional Greek salad made of?

Classic Greek salads are very simple and made with cucumbers, tomatoes, green peppers, olives, red onion, and feta cheese.

You may have noticed that we’re not using a Greek salad dressing! And that’s on purpose. Traditional Greek salad is dressed with olive oil, sometimes some red wine vinegar, and seasoned simply.

Do you peel cucumber for Greek salad?

It depends on the cucumber you’ll be using. I like to use an English or hot house cucumber so that peeling isn’t necessary. If you use a traditional cucumber, I would peel it but leave little strips of green for a nice visual component.

How many calories in Greek cucumber salad?

The amount of Greek cucumber salad calories will vary based on the exact recipe, but this recipe has about 177 calories per serving. (Calories are all an estimate and will vary based on exact ingredients and amounts.)

Storage Instructions

This Greek tomato and cucumber salad is best served fresh, but can be made a few hours ahead.

Another option is to prep all the ingredients ahead and then assemble right before serving.

How to Serve Tomato Cucumber Greek Salad to the Whole Family

I get it, feeding kids can be tough! But following the Division of Responsibility and knowing your job and your child’s job makes it SO much more enjoyable. You’ll be able to feed your kids any meal, which will help ensure that they are eating a variety of nutritious foods – with plenty of play food sprinkled in. 😉

Serve up the salad and if they say they don’t want a certain component, (ie. “But I don’t like tomato!”), let them know they can decide what to eat off their plate. (ie. “You can decide what to eat off your plate.”)

All of my articles on feeding kids can be found here and if you want a FULL list of all of the videos I have with hacks, tips, scripts, and ideas for feeding kids, check out my instagram or tiktok page.

Greek cucumber tomato salad in a small bowl with slab of feta cheese.

What to Serve with Greek Cucumber Tomato Salad

Serve up this cucumber Greek salad with one of these easy main protein recipes:

More Easy Side Salad Recipes

If you like this Greek cucumber salad recipe, you might also like some of these other easy side dish salads:

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Bowl of Greek cucumber salad with fork in it.

Traditional Greek Cucumber Salad Recipe

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Description

You’ll love this Greek cucumber tomato salad that’s made with fresh veggies! It’s refreshing, easy-to-make, and made with basic ingredients.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 English cucumber, sliced into half moons
  • 1 green pepper, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion (about 1/4 red onion )
  • 1 cup kalamata olives
  • 4 oz. feta cheese, sliced (NOT CRUMBLES)
  • olive oil, oregano, flaky salt and freshly cracked pepper

Instructions

  1. Prep veggies.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together cucumber, green pepper, tomatoes, red onion, and kalamata olives.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and season with oregano, flaky sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper to taste and toss together.
  4. Top with slices of feta cheese.

Notes

  • Block vs. crumbled feta cheese. Please use block feta cheese if you can find it! It has much better flavor than crumbles.

Keywords: Greek cucumber salad, cucumber Greek salad, Greek cucumber tomato salad, tomato cucumber Greek salad

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