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Cucumber Salad with Parsley and Feta

This simple Cucumber Salad with Parsley and Feta has some of my favorite ingredients, and this tasty salad is good any time of year! But I love making it in the summer when I have parsley in my herb garden, and I really enjoy the salad with a generous amount of parsley!

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Cucumber Salad with Parsley and Feta finished salad in serving bowl

I don’t remember where I originally found the idea for this Cucumber Salad with Parsley and Feta, but it ended up being a flavor combination I loved, and this summer when I had lots of parsley in the garden I decided to update the photos. I grew up with a mom who used to nibble the parsley off everyone’s plates when we went out to dinner, and as a kid I couldn’t imagine why she’d want to eat it. But now I am a parsley lover! And I think it’s kind of an under-appreciated herb, so I love growing it and making a salad like this that uses plenty of parsley.  

I think simple fresh-tasting cucumber salads like this make a perfect warm-weather lunch, or serve this as a side dish for grilled meat. 

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

  • garden cucumbers or European cucumbers
  • red onion
  • chopped parsley
  • crumbled Feta Cheese
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • fresh-squeezed lemon juice, I used my fresh-frozen lemon juice
  • Dried Oregano (affiliate link)
  • Spike Seasoning (affiliate link), or other all-purpose seasoning blend
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste

What kind of cucumbers would I use?

This salad is a great way to use cucumbers from the garden, but when I don’t have garden cucumbers, I use mild European cucumbers.

What if you don’t like raw onion?

If you’re not sure about raw red onion, soak the onion in cold water for a few minutes to remove some of the bite.

What kind of parsley did I use?

I used flat Italian Parsley from the garden for this, but I’m also a fan of curly parsley which is inexpensive and available all year at any grocery store.

What other ingredients could be added to this salad?

This recipe could be varied in endless ways, with tomatoes, avocado, olives, capers, peperoncini, mint, cilantro, basil, and balsamic vinegar being a few things that come to mind as possible substitutions or additions.

Want more cucumber salad ideas?

If you’ve got a garden that’s loaded with cucumbers or just love to eat them when the weather is hot, check out Low-Carb Cucumber Salads to Keep You Cool!

Cucumber Salad with Parsley and Feta process shots collage

How to make Cucumber Salad with Parsley and Feta:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Whisk together ingredients to make the dressing.
  2. Chop red onion into small pieces. (Soak onion in ice-cold water for a few minutes and then drain well for milder onion flavor.)
  3. I left a strip of green when I peeled the cucumbers. If cucumbers have large seeds, scrape out with a spoon before you chop the cucumbers.
  4. I cut the cucumbers into fourths lengthwise, and then chopped into smallish pieces.
  5. Wash flat Italian parsley and spin dry or pat dry with paper towels if needed. Then coarsely chop parsley.
  6. Crumble the feta, and I think more Feta is always good!
  7. In large bowl, combine cucumbers, onions, and parsley.
  8. Stir the dressing into vegetable mixture.
  9. Toss in the Feta Cheese and gently combine.
  10. Season the salad with fresh ground black pepper, and serve.

Cucumber Salad with Parsley and Feta shown in serving bowl with salt and pepper shakers

Make it a Low-Carb Meal:

This cucumber salad would taste great with something grilled like Rosemary Mustard Grilled Chicken, Marinated Grilled Fish, Grilled Shrimp Skewers, or Artichoke Chicken Bake for a low-carb meal.

More Tasty Cucumber Salads:

Tomato, Cucumber, and Radish Salad 
Spicy Cucumber Salad
Tomato Cucumber Salad with Mint and Feta
Al’s Famous Hungarian Cucumber Salad
Cucumber Radish Salad

Cucumber Salad with Parsley and Feta, close-up of finished salad in serving bowl

Cucumber Salad with Onion, Parsley, and Feta

Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

This simple Cucumber Salad with Onion, Parsley, and Feta would be great for a summer side-dish.

Ingredients

  • 3 European cucumbers (or use 4-5 garden cucumbers)
  • half of a small red onion
  • 1 cup chopped parsley
  • 3/4 cup crumbled Feta Cheese (or more)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 T fresh-squeezed lemon juice (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. Spike Seasoning, or other all-purpose seasoning blend
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, and Spike Seasoning to make the dressing. If you're not a big lemon fan, use 2 T lemon juice and taste to see if you want more lemon.
  2. I chopped the red onion into quite small pieces. I love raw red onion, but you can soak the onion in cold water for a few minutes and then drain it well if you want less bite to the onion.
  3. I left a strip of green showing when I peeled the cucumbers. If your cucumbers have large seeds, scrape them out with a spoon before you chop the cucumbers.
  4. I cut the partly-peeled cucumbers into fourths lengthwise, and then chopped them into smallish pieces.
  5. Wash flat Italian parsley and spin dry or pat dry with paper towels if needed. Then coarsely chop parsley.
  6. Crumble the feta, and I think more Feta is always good!
  7. In large bowl, combine cucumbers, onions, and parsley.
  8. Stir the dressing into vegetable mixture.
  9. Toss in the Feta Cheese and gently combine.
  10. Season the salad with fresh ground black pepper, and serve.
  11. This will keep in the fridge overnight, but I like it best when it's freshly made so I would probably cut the recipe in half if you won't eat this many servings.

Notes

You can also use small Persian cucumbers, or use a similar amount of fresh garden cucumbers.

Kalyn jotted down this recipe from somewhere years ago, but has no idea where it originally appeared.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 153Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 370mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 4g

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.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!


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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This is a perfect salad for any phase of the original South Beach Diet or for low-carb eating plans.

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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was first posted in 2007! The photos were updated in 2010. The post was updated with more information and better photos in 2021.

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    31 Comments on “Cucumber Salad with Parsley and Feta”

  1. I love that flavor combo too. Parsley is great as/for salads. Yum!

  2. Thanks for the onion tip. I'm going to have to try that next time I have a "nuclear onion."

  3. Kathy, I don't have any great ideas for breakfast that don't include eggs, but on the recipe archives page for Eggs and Breakfast Dishes there are a few ideas that other readers have left in the comments. Good luck!

  4. hi kalyn
    i just started south beach yesterday. my doc told me pre diabetes and that this diet would reverse it. i hate eggs… so i know i am in trouble already any suggestions beside yogurt..which i love.
    i am so glad to have found this site .
    kathymac

  5. This is such a fresh, flavorful salad. Thanks for the great tip about soaking the red onion. I do like the flavor of onion, but am not always that keen on the stringency of the raw onion taste.

  6. I love this simple salad. Love the new banner too.

  7. hey have you tried adding a teaspoon of roasted peanuts to this salad, it tastes good,because I tried it.

  8. Oh, I'm all for this salad, Kalyn! I'm not eating dairy right now, but the rest is perfect. 🙂 I'll have it today as part of my lunch.

    Shirley

  9. This looks great. I have cucumbers that were on sale. I am going to try this with less onion!

  10. I love how you take simple things and make them so flavorful – the parsley is a great addition.

    Donna

  11. Sheldon, so glad to hear you liked it! And even happier that your son will eat it too.