Posted by Calin Denny On June 11, 2021
Tomato and Cucumber Mint and Feta Salad has a special preparation method that brings out the best summer ingredients.
Tomato and cucumber salads are a classic combination found in kitchens all over the world, and I have a lot of them in my list of authorities on this site. but for Friday favorite Today I remind you of this special offer Tomato, cucumber, mint and feta salad I do it every summer. This is not just an ordinary salad with tomatoes and cucumbers! It’s the way the tomatoes and feta are separately seasoned with lemon, mint, and thyme before incorporating the ingredients for the salad that makes this salad so good and trust me, that extra hour of soaking time will make all the difference! And this salad is perfect for making cherry tomatoes in early summer when you don’t have fresh garden tomatoes yet, but you’re starting to crave tomatoes.
I remember the first time I made the salad I was skeptical about the extra seasoning step. But the seasoning time cools off the mint and mixes the other ingredients with flavors of lemon and herbs that make the final salad really great. Of course, if you have fresh tomatoes and cucumbers, this salad is a must-try! But even early in the year you’re using cherry tomatoes and cucumbers from the grocery store, and having to buy mint too, this salad is definitely one to add to your summer menu.
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
- Cherry tomatoes (or fresh garden tomatoes)
- chopped mint
- fresh thyme leaves
- sea salt
- Freshly ground black pepper (use more or less to taste)
- feta collapsed
- green onion
- Kalamata olives
- Extra virgin olive oil
What if you don’t like kalamata olives?
Personally, I wouldn’t ditch the Kalamata olives in this salad. But this is the only ingredient I would say optional, and I know some people don’t enjoy bitter flavors like that. You can also substitute kalamata olives with milder black olives if you prefer.
Can you make a salad with dried herbs?
I’d prefer store-bought fresh mint for this salad if you don’t have fresh mint. But if you don’t have fresh thyme, I think the salad will still be fine with less dried thyme, preferably ground thyme (Referral link).
How to make this salad:
(Scroll down for the full recipe with nutritional information.)
- Grate the lemon, chop the mint and chop the fresh thyme.
- Then combine the chopped tomatoes, half the mint, half the thyme, salt and pepper in one bowl.
- Combine the mashed feta cheese, lemon zest, remaining mint, remaining thyme, and some black pepper in another bowl.
- Leave the tomato mixture and feta mixture on the counter for about an hour, until the ingredients are very friendly with each other.
- Then cut the cucumbers into small pieces, chop the green onions into slices, chop the olives.
- Combine tomato mixture, feta mixture, cucumber, green onion, and olives in a large bowl.
- Whisk olive oil and fresh lemon juice together and mix the required amount with the salad ingredients.
- Season the salad to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper and serve.
- Get ready to be dazzled with this amazing salad!
Make it a meal:
More tomato salads:
BLT Salad From Kalin’s Kitchen
Marinated tomato salad From David Leibovitz
Asparagus salad with cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives and feta cheese ~ Calin’s Kitchen
Tomato, onion and roasted lemon salad ~View from the Big Island الجزيرة
Greek-American salad with lettuce ~ Calin’s Kitchen
Cucumber and tomato salad with creamy herbal dressingصلصة ~ Wet Farm Girl
Want more summer tomato salads?
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- 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes cut into quarters
- 1/4 cup chopped mint (or more)
- 2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
- 1/2 tsp. Sea salt, plus more to serve if desired
- Freshly ground black pepper (use more or less to taste)
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta (or more)
- 1 tsp. lemon zest, or more (see notes)
- 1/4 cup chopped green onion (green onion)
- 1/2 cup pitted and chopped Kalamata olives
- 2 cups sliced cucumber
- 1 ton fresh lemon juice
- 2 tons of extra virgin olive oil
- Slice the tomatoes and put them in a medium-sized bowl. Add half the mint, half the thyme, salt, and a pinch of ground black pepper. Mix the ingredients and leave at room temperature for about an hour.
- In a separate bowl, mix the mashed feta cheese, lemon peel, remaining mint, remaining thyme and a pinch of freshly ground pepper. Let sit at room temperature about an hour.
- After marinating the tomatoes and feta separately for about 45 minutes, chop the cucumbers into bite-size pieces. (I used fresh garden cucumber that does not need to be peeled. Store cucumber may need to remove some or all of the peel.)
- Slice the green onions and chop the olives, then combine the tomato mixture, feta mixture, cucumber, green onion and olives in a large bowl. Leave it at room temperature for a few minutes.
- When you’re ready to serve the salad, whisk together the olive oil and fresh lemon juice and mix gently with the salad ingredients. (You may not need all the sauce depending on how wet your bowl is.)
- Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste and serve.
Amount per service: Calories: 173Total fat: 12 gramsSaturated fat: 3 gramsUnsaturated fats: 0 gramsUnsaturated fats: 9 gramsCholesterol: 11 mgsodium: 455 mgCarbohydrates: 13 gramsthe basic: 2 gramssugar: 8 gramsprotein: 3 grams
Nutrition information is calculated automatically by the Recipe Plug-In I’m using. I am not a dietitian and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, as many variables affect these calculations.
Low Carb Diet / Low Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Sliced Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Mint, Feta, Lemon, and Thyme is a good side salad for any low-glycemic or low-carb diet, including any phase of the South Beach Diet. Tomatoes contain some carbs, so if you’re strictly restricting carbs, you may want to use more cucumbers and fewer tomatoes.
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Historical notes for this recipe:
This recipe was first published in 2007! I’ve made it a few times since then, and the recipe was last updated in 2021.