Tomato Cucumber Salad with Mint and Feta
This Tomato Cucumber Salad with Mint and Feta has a special preparation method that brings out the best of these summer ingredients.
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Salads that feature tomatoes and cucumbers are a classic combination found in cuisines all over the world, and I have lots of them in the Salads Index on this site. But for Friday Favorites today I’m reminding you about this special Tomato Cucumber Salad with Mint and Feta that I make every summer. This is not just an ordinary salad with tomatoes and cucumbers!
It’s the way the tomatoes and the Feta are marinated separately with lemon, mint, and thyme before the salad ingredients are combined that makes this salad so good and trust me, that extra hour of marinating time will make so much difference! And this salad is perfect to make with cherry tomatoes in early summer when you don’t have fresh garden tomatoes yet, but are starting to crave tomatoes.
I remember the first time I made the salad I was skeptical about the extra marinating 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.
Of course, if you have fresh garden tomatoes and cucumbers, this salad is a must try! But even when it’s early in the year and you’re using cherry tomatoes and cucumbers from the grocery store, and have to buy the mint as well, 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
- fresh ground black pepper (use more or less to taste)
- crumbled Feta
- green onions
- Kalamata olives
- extra-virgin olive oil
What if you don’t like Kalamata olives?
Personally I’d never skip the Kalamata olives in this salad. But they are the one ingredient I would say is optional, and I know some people don’t enjoy bitter flavors like that. You could also replace Kalamata olives with milder black olives if you prefer.
Can you make the salad with dried herbs?
I’d splurge on fresh mint at the store for this salad if you don’t have fresh mint growing in your yard. But if you don’t have fresh thyme, I think the salad would still be good with a smaller amount of dried thyme, preferably Ground Thyme (affiliate link).
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How to Make Tomato Cucumber Salad with Mint and Feta:
(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)
- 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.
- Then 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.
- Season the salad to taste with salt and fresh-ground black pepper and serve.
- Be prepared to be wowed by this amazing salad!
Make it a Low-Carb Meal:
I’d serve this salad with something like Grilled Fusion Chicken, Marinated Beef Kabobs, or Grilled Sausage and Peppers for a delicious low-carb summer meal.
More Salads with Tomatoes:
BLT Salad 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
Tomato Cucumber Salad with Mint and Feta
Marinating the tomatoes and Feta with lemon, mint, and thyme makes this Tomato Cucumber Salad really a wow!
- 1 1/2 cups quartered cherry tomatoes
- 1/4 cup chopped mint (or more)
- 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 (see notes)
- 1/4 cup sliced green onions (scallions)
- 1/2 cup pitted and chopped Kalamata olives
- 2 cup chopped cucumber
- 1 T fresh lemon juice
- 2 T extra-virgin olive oil
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.)
- Season with sea salt and more fresh ground black pepper if desired and serve.
Be sure to zest the lemon before squeezing the juice.
This recipe adapted slightly from Chopped Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Mint and Feta at Fine Cooking
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 173Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 455mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 3g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Tomato Cucumber Salad with Mint and Feta is a good side salad for any low-glycemic or low-carb diet, or for any phase of the original 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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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was first posted in 2007! I’ve made it many times since then, and the recipe was last updated with more information in 2022.
21 Comments on “Tomato Cucumber Salad with Mint and Feta”
Is it possible to prep this ahead of time and just incorporate shortly before serving? I am a NOTORIUS underestimator of how long things will take- particularly with cooking! I was thinking if I add less liquid it could work. Any thoughts?
Thanks I love your cucumber recipes! I’m a cucumber freak and the main reason I grow a vegetable garden every year!
I’m a huge cucumber fan here too. Not quite sure what you mean; are you talking about letting the tomato mixture and the Feta mixture sit longer than an hour before you combine them? I think slightly longer would be fine, but not more than a couple of hours I’d guess. I never recommend refrigerating tomatoes, so that’s one reason it couldn’t be longer.
I love cucumbers too, especially garden cucumbers!
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?
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.
My pleasure, so glad you like it!
I do like the sound of arugula in this!
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.
Sandra, I haven't tried that but I think it would be great with oregano!
Have you tried this salad with oregano instead of thyme? 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!
I made this last night and it was delicious. Thanks for another great recipe.
I can’t wait to try this salad! Great post and photo!
Hi Ed, thanks! I’d say this was one of the best things I’ve made all summer!
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.
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.
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.
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:)?
Kevin, I agree completely about the mint!
Weightless, thank you so much. I’m honored!
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!
This salad looks great. I really like adding mint to salads. It adds a really nice “freshness”.