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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Cucumber Tomato & Feta Salad Recipe for 4th of July | 4th of Juy Pasta Salad

4th of July Recipes :
Cucumber, Tomato & Feta Salad

As I mentioned, I did a little barbecuing this week to get our fix we've missed out on since moving to Boston.  But let's be honest, it's the sides that really make the meal.  This cucumber tomato salad is a combination of a couple of my favorites.  I've made it a couple of times, but this time I added feta cheese - let me tell you - it did the trick.  The recipe is now blog-worthy.  If I was serving this to a large crowd or taking it to a summer party, I would add pasta (maybe bowtie or penne?) to make it stretch a little further - here is a link to the Pasta Salad version!.

4th of July Recipes :
Cucumber, Tomato & Feta Salad (Cucumber Tomato & Feta Pasta Salad)
2 cucumbers - peeled, thinly sliced
1/2 small red onions, thinly sliced
2 cups of cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup of feta cheese
Sweet & Tangy Vinaigrette recipe
1/2 pound of cooked pasta (optional - not pictured)

Combine all ingredients together and toss with vinaigrette.  Best when marinates for 1 hour in the refrigerator before serving, if possible

Classic Sweet & Tangy Vinaigarette

1/2 cup of olive oil
1/2 cup of white wine vinegar
1/4 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of dried italian seasoning
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper

Stir all of the ingredients together.

I peeled the cucumbers in a stripe - I like to leave some of the green on for the color, but leaving the entire skin can be a little bitter and tough.

Slice the cucumbers thinly.

Slice the onions very thinly.  I like these half moons.

In the bowl...

Add the cherry tomatoes - sliced in half.

The dressing is a sweet and tangy classic vinaigrette. 

Add feta cheese.  Let it set in the refrigerator for 1 hour, if possible.


  1. Going to make this for a bbq - thanks!

  2. Hi - found this on pinterest - made it last night for a reunion & it was a HIT. :) Thanks!!

  3. can not wait to try this. can i substitute sweetner for sugar in the dressing?

  4. can i substitute sweetner for sugar in the dressing?

  5. Anonymous8:41 PM

    Love these kind of salads..gonna try this one tonight, maybe add some greek olives to it too!! Looks yummy!!

  6. Anonymous3:22 PM

    any one know how many servings the salad is? 4 Mabey?

  7. Anonymous4:57 PM

    This looks beautiful and recipe sounds delishous, BUT, I see no pasta in the photo and I do see sliced radishes which aren't included in the recipe, so.....
    I'm going to make without the pasta & add some radish and see how it turns out.

  8. Anonymous8:22 PM

    she said the picture didn't include the pasta and thos are actually the red onions cut moon style. :) so no radishes in there...

  9. Anonymous3:36 PM

    Does anyone know how much this feeds? Did I miss the serving sizes?

  10. ~amy~5:55 PM

    Garden is producing lots of cucumbers and grape tomatoes...found this recipe on ZipList (photo caught my eye!)
    Made it today and it was EXCELLENT!

    I opted out of the pasta, traded for red wine vinegar (all I had), switched from sugar to 2 packs Splenda...also added some oregano that I dried!
    Ate if for lunch and dinner...will definitely make again and share with my feta loving family and friends!

  11. Hi Jenni, my name is Maria. This is an amazing recipe. I love all your recipes so much that I tried this one and added to my blog, but giving the link to here, as the original source, as I always do with everything I publish. Thank you very much for your time and kind consideration and for the excellent recipes you bring to us.


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