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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 made this salad the other day for my wife and kids, they just loved it. My fussy 8 year old son watch me make it and said it look good before I made the dressing. He loved it, he had 2 servings of it. We lucky if we can get him to eat one serving of veggies. The other day he asked if he could have it for breakfast. I did add tomates and greek olives to it. Even tried a lime dresing with it. Not bad, but my wife and I perfer the lemon. I making it again this Saturday for a meetin lunchen my wife is going to. Tttring some of lyour greek recipes this Friday. Wish me luck Thanks

  2. Great! I have to make it

  3. Kalyn this is the sister salad of Koshimbir an indian salad without feta.

  4. Now I know why I went out and bought all those salad ingredients last week! This salad is similar to a Greek one I make, and I LOVE it! Yes, soupls and stews go better with salads – even in the winter! Thanks for the reminder – we all needed it!

    Love the blog!

  5. LOL – I’m eating a similar salad as I read this (mine has spinach, lettuce and red kidney beans)! It’s definitely one of my fav. salads! Great photos!

  6. Your salad looks great. I’m also doing a salad for this weeks WHB – I feel my body needs a healthy break after Christmas!

  7. Chris, Le P. dressing is great for the South Beach diet! I eat it all the time, but I don’t know if you can get it in other places. I’m guessing probably not.

  8. Another dressing possibility is to use some Le Parisien dressing which you can get in the stores locally in SLC. I don’t know about its availability outside of this region but it is a fabulous vinaigrette.

    It might not fit in with your dietary requirements though. Haven’t checked.

  9. Tanna, we’re having our months of winter here. Only a week or so would be great!

    Naudee, thanks. Hope you like it.

    Neil, you can have as much ice as you’d like from here!

    Talk of tomatoes, welcome.

    Paz, isn’t Rand just the best! Do try the salad, I loved it. Just don’t overdo it on the onions!

  10. P.S. Rand always does a great job with this site!


  11. I love this salad!!! I have to prepare it!


  12. I love herbs: cilantro and parsley in this case. I cannot believe I haven’t joined the Weekend Herb Blogging yet: I will soon I promise.

    Thanks for all the tidbits on nutrition… it is nice to review/learn.

  13. Well I’m not longing for summer, it’s here right now. If you could melt a bit of the ice and send it to Oz to help with the drought, that would be much appreciated. The price of all foodstuffs is going through the roof.

  14. What a pretty salad!!! I love the colors. I’m TOTALLY gonna make this as it looks so good!

  15. Longing-for-Summer – what an absolutely perfect name. We are having our week or so of winter in Dallas now, actually froze our backyard fountain!
    I do like the salad!

  16. Katie, I will pass it on to Rand. Thanks. Me too about the summer.

    Maria, I want it to be summer right now.

    Gattina, olive oil is great for WHB.

    Pille, some of my favorite ingredients!

  17. Feta and cucumber always go so well together – great and simple recipe idea!

  18. Rand does an excellent job in layout and design, your blog always looks fantastic!
    I’m not a salad person, but glad that you brought up the soup’s link; next week I have to prepare some soups for someones. Now I’m planing to do either your spit pea or lentil soup. Thanks!
    The last thing… is olive oil entitled to enter WHB? If yes, it will be my theme for next week, if no, it’s fine, I have another thing in my mind. Thanks in advance.

  19. It is SO cold in Utah…but this salad looks great! It gives me hope for the summer:)

  20. The new banner is gorgeous. Talented indeed!

    Oy yeah, salad looks good, too. I am soooo looking forward to summer!