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Cucumber Salad with Onion, Parsley, and Feta

This simple Cucumber Salad with Onion, Parsley, and Feta has four of my favorite summer ingredients and I’d probably increase the amount of Feta! 

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Cucumber Salad with Onion, Parsley, and Feta finished salad in bowl

I don’t remember where I originally found the idea for this Cucumber, Onion, and Parsley Salad with Feta Cheese, but it ended up being a flavor combination I loved, and when I made it again recently I decided it was time to update the photos. This salad is a great way to use cucumbers from the garden (when you start getting them!) but when I don’t have garden cucumbers, I use mild European cucumbers or small Persian cucumbers.

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. I used flat Italian Parsley from my herb garden for this, but curly parsley would work. 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.

Cucumber Salad with Onion, Parsley, and Feta process shots collage

How to Make Cucumber Salad with Onion, Parsley, and Feta:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. If you’re using regular grocery store cucumbers, it would be best to peel all the skin, but I had small cucumbers with thin skins, so I left a strip of green showing. If your cucumbers have large seeds, scrape them out with a spoon before you chop the cucumbers.
  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 used about 1/2 cup chopped flat Italian parsley, but you can use more parsley if you’re a parsley fan.
  4. I used 1/2 cup of feta cheese, but more Feta is always good!
  5. In large bowl, combine cucumbers, onions, and parsley.
  6. Whisk together olive oil and lemon juice and stir into vegetable mixture.
  7. Toss in the feta cheese, season the salad with fresh ground black pepper, and serve.
  8. This will keep in the fridge overnight, but I like it best when it’s freshly made.

Make it a Low-Carb Meal:

Cucumber, Onion, and Parsley Salad with Feta Cheese would taste great with something grilled like Marinated Flank Steak, Rosemary Mustard Grilled Chicken, or Grilled Mahi Mahi with Lemon and Capers for a low-carb meal.

More Tasty Cucumber Salads:

Tomato, Cucumber, and Radish Salad from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Cucumbers with Creamy Ginger-Soy Dressing from White on Rice Couple
Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Mint and Feta from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Cucumber, Onion, and Parsley Salad with Feta Cheese found on KalynsKitchen.com

Cucumber Salad with Onion, Parsley, and Feta

Yield 3 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.


  • 1 large European cucumber (see notes)
  • 1/4 red onion, finely diced (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley (I used flat Italian parsley, but curly parsley will work)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Feta cheese
  • 2 T best quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 T fresh lemon juice
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste


  1. Peel cucumber, leaving some strips of green peel if your cucumbers don’t have thick skins.
  2. Cut into fourths lengthwise and if the cucumber has large seeds, scrape out seeds with the tip of a spoon.
  3. Cut pieces into thinner strips and chop cucumbers into pieces less than 1/2 inch square.
  4. Dice onion into small pieces. (If you prefer a milder onion flavor, soak the onions in cold water for about 10 minutes, then drain well and pat dry.)
  5. Pat Feta cheese dry with a paper towel, then crumble into pieces.
  6. Wash parsley and spin dry or dry with paper towels, then chop coarsely.
  7. In large bowl, combine cucumbers, onions, and parsley.
  8. Whisk together olive oil and lemon juice and stir into vegetable mixture.
  9. Sprinkle feta cheese over and stir gently a few times.
  10.  Season with fresh ground black pepper and serve immediately.
  11. This recipe could be varied endless ways, with tomatoes, olives, capers, blue cheese, mint, and balsamic vinegar being a few things that come to mind as possible substitutions or additions.


You can also use two small Persian cucumbers, or use a similar amount of fresh garden cucumbers. This recipe can easily be increased if you want more servings.

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

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 170Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 237mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 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.

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!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Cucumber Salad with Onion, Parsley, and Feta is a perfect salad for any phase of the original South Beach Diet or other types of low-carb eating plans.

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    31 Comments on “Cucumber Salad with Onion, 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 .

  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.


  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.


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