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Easy Summer Lunch Salad

My favorite Easy Summer Lunch Salad is something I’ve been making regularly for lunch for more than ten years now, and this delicious salad is low-carb, low-glycemic, gluten-free, and South Beach Diet friendly. Use the Lunch Recipe Index to find more recipes like this one.

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I’ve been making Easy Summer Lunch Salad every summer for more than years, so when I stumbled on a simple post back in the archives recently talking about the salad, I decided I had to make it into a real recipe so more people could discover this amazing salad. I call it Summer Lunch Salad because I make it often in the summer, when tomatoes and cucumbers are at the peak of freshness, but truthfully if you use those small Persian cucumbers and the small tomatoes that are good most of the year, you can make this with good results in the spring and fall as well.

This is a simple tomato and cucumber salad, but what turns it into a wow for me, and the reason I’ve been making it for so many years, is the idea of using blue cheese dressing with a touch of vinaigrette in a salad with Feta cheese. I think those flavors are a perfect combination, and obviously it’s something I never get tired of. (And sometimes I even ask for blue cheese dressing when I’m getting Greek salad in a restaurant, often to the dismay of the server who thinks I’m crazy.)

If you like both blue cheese dressing and Feta cheese, be open minded about the idea of using them in the same salad, because I promise you will love this salad. And when you see how easy and delicious it is, you’ll probably make it over and over again just like I do.

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Cut up tomatoes and let them drain in a colander placed in the sink. Cut ends off cucumbers and discard, and slice cucumbers. Whisk together the blue cheese dressing and vinaigrette. Crumble and measure the Feta.

Easy Summer Lunch Salad found on KalynsKitchen.com

Stir together the drained tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, and desired amount of dressing, then gently mix in the Feta. Season salad with plenty of fresh-ground black pepper and serve.

Easy Summer Lunch Salad found on KalynsKitchen.com

More Ideas with Tomatoes and Cucumbers:

Chopped Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Mint, Feta, Lemon, and Thyme ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Cucumber Salad with Spicy Tomato Vinaigrette ~ Barefeet in the Kitchen
Vegan Tomato Salad with Cucumber, Avocado, Cilantro, and Lime ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Greek Salad with Avocado ~ FoodieCrush
Middle Eastern Tomato Salad (or Salad Shirazi) ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Easy Cucumber Tomato Couscous ~ She Wears Many Hats

Easy Summer Lunch Salad found on KalynsKitchen.com

Easy Summer Lunch Salad

This is a favorite salad I love to make for lunch in the summer.

Ingredients:

Salad Ingredients

  • 4-6 small cucumbers (see notes)
  • 6 medium-sized tomatoes, cut into quarters and drained
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Feta cheese (or more)
  • fresh-ground black pepper to taste

Dressing Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup blue cheese dressing (see notes)
  • 2 T Vinaigrette Dressing (see notes)

Directions:

  1. Cut tomatoes into quarters or eighths and put them in a colander to drain. Cut off ends of cucumbers and cut into slices. (If you’re not using small mini-cucumbers, you may want to peel them in strips.)
  2. Whisk together the blue cheese dressing and vinaigrette dressing.
  3. Crumble and measure the Feta.
  4. Gently toss together the drained tomatoes and sliced cucumbers with the desired amount of dressing. (I used about 1/4 cup of dressing. Save the rest in the fridge for another salad.)
  5. Gently mix in the Feta.
  6. Season salad to taste with a generous amount of fresh-ground black pepper and serve.
  7. Leftovers of this salad are still pretty good when they’ve been refrigerated overnight, but it’s definitely best when freshly made.
  8. I recommend making the full amount of dressing, but cutting fresh tomatoes and cucumbers each time according to the amount you’ll be eating.

Notes:

I prefer to use Persian cucumbers, sometimes called mini-cucumbers.  I also used Litehouse Blue Cheese and Newman’s Own Olive Oil and Vinegar Dressing for this recipe.

This recipe was created by Kalyn.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This is a good side dish for any low-glycemic or low-carb diet, including any phase of the South Beach Diet. For lowest carbs for Keto dieters, use less tomatoes and more cucumber.

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8 comments on “Easy Summer Lunch Salad”

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  3. I love the blue cheese-feta-vinaigrette combination, too. It doesn't sound like it should work, but it totally does.

    • Lydia, I knew you would see the beauty in this! This salad is not for people who don't like blue cheese; it's the combination of the two cheese flavors that makes it so good!

  4. My husband is Turkish, and this dish is so common over in Turkey, that he doesn't even see it as "diet" food! Yay!

  5. I like this! Will try soon. BTW I agre, I like the idea of trying with blue cheese dressing. I like new tastes and not so traditional all the time.

  6. I can’t even tell you how wonderful that looks – plus I am trying to use the SB diet (kinda) so that totally works for me!~
    Thanks

  7. Finally something easy enough for me to make.

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