Summer Lunch Salad
I’ve been making this Summer Lunch Salad for years, and this is the perfect lunch to make with fresh garden tomatoes and cucumbers.
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For this week’s Friday Favorites pick, I am reminding you about this delicious and satisfying Summer Lunch Salad! I’ve been making this extra-easy tomato cucumber salad every summer for years, because when you’re growing tomatoes and cucumbers in a garden you reach a point in the summer where you want to eat them every day.
And even now that I no longer have a big garden, I still make this salad all summer long. And I’ve learned that 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 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.
What ingredients do you need for this salad?
- mini cucumbers
- small tomatoes
- crumbled Feta cheese
- fresh-ground black pepper
- blue cheese dressing
- Newman’s Own Olive Oil and Vinegar Dressing, or other Vinaigrette Dressing
What else could you add to the Summer Lunch Salad?
If you want to switch it up occasionally, there are lots of things you could add to this salad such as black olives or Kalamata olives, chopped bell pepper, Sliced Peperoncini Peppers (affiliate link), red onion, chopped herbs, avocado, radishes, shrimp, diced chicken, or tuna.
More Easy Ideas for Summer Lunches:
You can use Lunch Recipes or Salad Recipes to find more tasty and easy ideas to make for lunch.
Tips for making the Summer Lunch Salad:
(Scroll down for complete printable recipe with nutritional information.)
- 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.
- 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.
More Salads with Tomatoes and Cucumbers:
Tomato Cucumber Salad with Mint and Feta
Tomato Salad with Cucumber, Avocado, and Cilantro
Tomato Cucumber Salad with Peperoncini
Want More Summer Tomato Salads?
Check out 20 Summer Tomato Salads for more great recipes for using garden tomatoes.
Summer Lunch Salad
This is a favorite salad I love to make for lunch in the summer and if you can find good cucumbers and tomatoes I'd enjoy this salad any time of year.
- 6 mini cucumbers (see notes)
- 6 small tomatoes, cut into quarters and drained
- 1/2 cup crumbled Feta cheese (or more)
- fresh-ground black pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup blue cheese dressing (see notes)
- 2 T Vinaigrette Dressing (see notes)
- 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.)
- Whisk together the blue cheese dressing and vinaigrette dressing.
- Crumble and measure the Feta.
- 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.)
- Gently mix in the Feta.
- Season salad to taste with a generous amount of fresh-ground black pepper and serve.
- Leftovers of this salad are still pretty good when they’ve been refrigerated overnight, but it’s definitely best when freshly made.
- I recommend making the full amount of dressing, but cutting fresh tomatoes and cucumbers each time according to the amount you’ll be eating.
I prefer to use Persian cucumbers, sometimes called mini-cucumbers; if you have larger cucumbers you might not need so many. I also used Litehouse Blue Cheese and Newman’s Own Olive Oil and Vinegar Dressing (affiliate link) for this recipe.
This recipe was created by Kalyn.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 253Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 450mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 5g
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:
For lowest carbs for this salad or for Keto dieters, use less tomatoes and more cucumber. This may be high in fat for the original South Beach Diet, but if you use an approved dressing it’s probably okay for South Beach.
Find More Recipes Like This One:
Use Lunch Recipes to find more recipes like this one. Use the Diet Type Index to find recipes suitable for a specific eating plan. You might also like to follow Kalyn’s Kitchen on Pinterest, on Facebook, on Instagram, or on YouTube to see all the good recipes I’m sharing there.
Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This salad was first posted in 2006, and I’ve been making it for years when I have fresh garden tomatoes and cucumbers! It was updated in 2022 with more information.
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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!
My husband is Turkish, and this dish is so common over in Turkey, that he doesn't even see it as "diet" food! Yay!
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.
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!~
Finally something easy enough for me to make.