a white oval platter filled with ribboned cucumber, chopped black olives and crumbled feta on a stone background with a silver serving spoon

Feta and cucumber salad with dill dressing

  • serves 4 as a side
  • Easy

Ridged cucumbers have a stronger flavour than the regular variety and firmer flesh. They stand up perfectly here to the olives and feta – a combo inspired by the flavours of Greek salad and tzatziki

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Try our cucumber salad then check out our Greek salad, niçoise salad and more summer salad recipes

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Ingredients

  • ridged cucumbers 2, trimmed
  • sea salt flakes 1 tsp
  • kalamata olives 50g
  • feta 100g, finely crumbled
  • greek yogurt 250g
  • garlic ½ a small clove, crushed
  • lemon ½, zested and juiced

DRESSING

  • shallot 1 long, peeled and finely chopped
  • white wine vinegar 3 tbsp
  • extra-virgin olive oil (preferably Greek) 6 tbsp
  • dried oregano ½ tsp
  • dill finely chopped to make 1 tbsp
  • sugar a pinch

Method

  • Step 1

    Roughly peel the cucumbers, removing most of the tough skins but leaving a few stripes. Cut into long 3mm-thin strips using a mandoline or sharp knife. Put in a sieve, sprinkle with the salt and sit over a bowl. Leave to 10 minutes to draw out some of the moisture. Meanwhile, put the shallot and vinegar for the dressing in a large bowl and leave to pickle slightly.

  • Step 2

    Put the olives on a board and bash with the side of a knife to expose the stones. Remove and discard them, then roughly tear the olives in half. Mash half the feta into the yogurt with the garlic and lemon zest using a fork, then season with salt and pepper. Add a squeeze of lemon juice.

  • Step 3

    Whisk the olive oil into the pickled shallots, then stir in the oregano and dill. Season and add a small pinch of sugar. Add the drained cucumbers and toss in the dressing to coat. Fold in the remaining feta and olives. Spoon the feta yogurt over a large platter and spoon over the cucumber and feta mixture. Drizzle with the remaining dressing to serve. This works well as a side for grilled fish such as trout or sea bass, lemon and oregano chicken skewers or charred lamb chops on the barbecue.

Find more inspiration for cucumbers here

Smashed Cucumber Recipe with XO Sauce

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 326
  • Fat 29.9g
  • Saturates 10.2g
  • Carbs 4.8g
  • Sugars 4.5g
  • Fibre 1.6g
  • Protein 8.6g
  • Salt 2.4g
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