Greek Cucumber Salad

by Grace Boyle on September 13, 2011

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When I was in college and studied abroad in Italy, I spent my last two weeks abroad sailing the Greek Isles with some of my closest friends there. Not sure how we worked out the logistics to get ourselves on a small sailboat to live and sail on, but it was one of the best times of my life.

You know what stands out the most? No, not the late nights under the stars sipping on Ouzo dancing together, but rather the food of Greece.

That’s me, young. Fresh, grilled feta. Peppers tomato and Greek salad in Athens, Greece.

It’s one of my favorite cuisines and I’m so glad I could locally taste the food.

This is a simple, tomato and cucumber Greek salad that is healthy (under 120 calories without the feta) but still reminiscent of Greece.

You will need:

  • 1 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/2 cup garbanzo beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 cup diced tomato
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese (to stay on the healthier side or dairy free, go sans feta)


Mix the cucumbers, garbonzo beans, feta cheese, parsley, tomatoes in a bowl. Season with oil, lemon juice and oregano. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Delicious served cold for a snack or alongside your meal.

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Karen Harris September 13, 2011 at 4:51 pm

What a great college adventure. I love recreating recipes from my travels. They just take me right back. Love this recipe. I’ll be making it soon. So good seeing you yesterday.


Grace Boyle September 13, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Hi Karen! Thanks for stopping by and great to see you, as well.

It’s a simple recipe but really delicious. Let me know how you like it.


Cooking with Michele September 13, 2011 at 6:58 pm

What I love most about Greek salads in Greece (other than the fact that you are in Greece when you have them!) is the size of the slab of feta cheese they consider to be a single portion serving. I can see from your picture that your experience was the same!


Grace Boyle September 14, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Very good point! I loved the grilled feta that you can order there too!


Bing Chou September 13, 2011 at 7:50 pm

I love the picture of you in Greece – it reflects how I feel about great food too. Yum.


Grace Boyle September 14, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Oh so much fun! Thanks, I’m glad I found it. About 5 years ago.


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