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Chopped Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Mint, Feta, Lemon, and Thyme

This Chopped Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Mint, Feta, Lemon, and Thyme is really a wow due to a special preparation method that brings out the best of these summer ingredients. And even if you have to make this with early-summer cherry tomatoes, it will still be amazing! Use the Salads Index Page to find more recipes like this one.

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Salads that feature tomatoes and cucumbers are one of the classic combinations found in cuisines all over the world, and I have an endless number of favorite tomato-cucumber salads in the Salads Index on this blog. But this Chopped Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Mint, Feta, Lemon, and Thyme is not your ordinary tomato-cucumber salad! What makes this salad special is the way the tomatoes and the Feta are marinated separately with lemon, mint, and thyme before the salad ingredients are combined.

Trust me, that extra hour of marinating time will make all the difference in this simple salad! The idea came from Chopped Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Mint and Feta at Fine Cooking, and I remember the first time I made the salad I was skeptical about the extra step. But the marinating time calms down the mint and infuses the other ingredients with lemony and herby flavors that make the finished salad really great.

If you’re lucky enough to have fresh garden tomatoes and cucumbers, this is a must try! But even if it’s early in the year and you have to use cherry tomatoes or cucumbers from the grocery store, and have to buy the mint as well, this salad is definitely one to add to your summer menu. And I’m guessing plenty of people are looking for Father’s Day ideas this week, so it seemed like the perfect time to remind you of this favorite salad that I’ve been enjoying for years!

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Zest the lemon, chop mint, and chop the fresh thyme. Then combine chopped tomatoes, half the mint, half the thyme, salt, and pepper in one bowl. Combine crumbled Feta, lemon zest, remaining mint, remaining thyme, and some black pepper in another bowl. Let the tomato mixture and the Feta mixture hang out on the counter for about an hour, until the ingredients get very friendly with each other.

The cut up the cucumbers into bite-sized pieces, slice green onions, and chop the olives. Combine the tomato mixture, Feta mixture, cucumbers, green onions, and olives in a large bowl, Whisk together olive oil and fresh lemon juice and mix desired amount with the salad ingredients.

Chopped Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Mint, Feta, Lemon, and Thyme found on KalynsKitchen.com

Season  Chopped Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Mint, Feta, Lemon, and Thyme to taste with salt and fresh-ground black pepper and serve. Be prepared to be wowed by this amazing salad!

Make it a Meal: I’d serve this salad with something like Grilled Fusion Chicken or Low-Carb Marinated Beef Kabobs for a delicious low-carb summer meal.

More Great Salad Ideas with Tomatoes:

Ten Favorite Summer Tomato Salads from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Marinated Tomato Salad from David Lebovitz
Asparagus Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, and Feta ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Tomato, Onion, and Roasted Lemon Salad ~ The View from Great Island
American Greek Salad with Lettuce ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Creamy Herb Dressing ~ A Farmgirl’s Dabbles

Chopped Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Mint, Feta, Lemon, and Thyme

Marinating the tomatoes and Feta with lemon, mint, and thyme makes this Chopped Tomato and Cucumber Salad really a wow!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups quartered cherry tomatoes or chopped ripe Roma tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped mint (or more)
  • 1-2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt, plus more for serving if desired
  • fresh ground black pepper (use more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Feta (or more)
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest, or more (Be sure to zest the lemon before squeezing the juice.)
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions (scallions)
  • 1/2 cup pitted and chopped Kalamata olives
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1 T fresh lemon juice
  • 2 T extra-virgin olive oil

Directions:

  1. Cut up tomatoes and place in medium-sized bowl. Add half the mint, half the thyme, the salt, and a bit of fresh-ground black pepper. Combine ingredients and let sit at room temperature for about one hour.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine crumbled feta, lemon zest, remaining mint, remaining thyme, and a bit more fresh-ground pepper. Let sit at room temperature about one hour.
  3. After the tomatoes and Feta have marinated separately for about 45 minutes, cut up cucumbers into bite-sized pieces. (I used fresh garden cucumbers which didn’t need to be peeled. Store cucumbers may need some or all of the peel removed.)
  4. Slice green onions and chop olives, then combine the tomato mixture, Feta mixture, cucumbers, green onions, and olives in large bowl. Let sit at room temperature for a few minutes.
  5. When you’re ready to serve the salad, whisk together the olive oil and fresh lemon juice and mix gently with salad ingredients. (You may not need all the dressing depending on how wet you prefer your salad.)
  6. Season with sea salt and more fresh ground black pepper if desired and serve.

This recipe adapted slightly from Chopped Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Mint and Feta at Fine Cooking.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This  Chopped 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 do have some carbs, so if you’re strictly limiting carbs you might want to use more cucumbers and less tomatoes.

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19 comments on “Chopped Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Mint, Feta, Lemon, and Thyme”

  1. This salad looks great. I really like adding mint to salads. It adds a really nice “freshness”.

  2. Kalyn, You have a MARVELOUS Blog and I am loving it more and more with each post. August 31st was Blog Day and I chose your blog as one of my favorites to link to.
    I really love to cook and it is especially helpful to find recipes that can help tremendously when dieting. Congratulations on your weightloss and Your Blog, THANQ!

  3. Kevin, I agree completely about the mint!

    Weightless, thank you so much. I’m honored!

  4. Kalyn! This makes me salivate! My friend just made us a version of this salad and I skipped dessert so I could eat more and more, it was so amazing. But, what is not to love about garden tomatoes:)?

  5. This is FABULOUS. I used about twice as much mint as you called for, and only felt a little guilty about it 🙂 The dressing was barely necessary, though the lemon juice added a great tang. I did feel it needed a bit of extra salt at the end.

  6. Janelle, you sound like me, more tomatoes and no dessert. Yes, garden tomatoes are the ultimate.

    Adam, glad you liked it. More mint is always good if you ask me! And I feel the same way about salt.

  7. Oh my goodness, Kalyn. I’m practically salivating just reading your recipe and looking at the picture of your tomato salad. It’s as if I could almost taste how well all the different ingredients come together.

  8. Hi Ed, thanks! I’d say this was one of the best things I’ve made all summer!

  9. I can’t wait to try this salad! Great post and photo!

  10. I made this last night and it was delicious. Thanks for another great recipe.

  11. Mari, thanks!

    Food Hunter, so glad you liked it. As I said, I loved this recipe too. And I still have mint, tomatoes, feta, and cucumbers, so I need to make it again!

  12. Have you tried this salad with oregano instead of thyme? Thanks,
    Sandra

  13. Sandra, I haven't tried that but I think it would be great with oregano!

  14. I made this salad last night to go with the Wild Sockeye I planned to grill for dinner.
    I followed the recipe exactly as written using tomatoes, herbs and cucumbers from my garden.
    When it was finished and just before serving I added a couple of large handfuls of baby arugula, mixing it in thoroughly.
    We loved it and I will be making it again. Thank you so much for posting it.

  15. I do like the sound of arugula in this!

  16. I think that mint is a magical ingredient in fresh salads, love how you incorporated it here! Thank you so much for the cucumber & tomato salad love.

  17. Way,Way to much sodium. Sea Salt, Feta Cheese WOW. I know I can use less, but really why so much sodium people. Not Healthy. Just saying!!!

    • As you said, you can use less. But seriously, 1/2 tsp. of salt in a recipe that makes 3-4 servings and 1/2 cup Feta cheese in a recipe with lots of healthy vegetables doesn’t seem excessive to me. And as you said, you can use less, so I wonder why you felt you needed to make that comment. Everyone gets to make their own food choices; that has always been my philosophy. You can avoid salt entirely if you want, but why put so much energy into criticizing what other people might choose?

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