Sunday, May 23, 2010

Recipe for Cucumber, Onion, and Parsley Salad with Feta Cheese

Cucumber, Onion, and Parsley Salad with Feta Cheese(Updated and added to Recipe Favorites May 2010.) I don't remember where I originally found the idea for this simple cucumber, onion, and parsley salad with feta cheese and lemon vinaigrette, 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.

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.

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.

I used about 1/2 cup chopped flat Italian parsley, but you can use more parsley if you're a parsley fan.

I used a generous 1/4 cup of my favorite feta cheese.

Combine the chopped cucumber, diced red onion, and chopped parsley, then whisk together the olive oil and lemon juice and toss with the salad.

Then toss in the feta cheese, season the salad with fresh ground black pepper, and serve. This will keep in the fridge overnight, but I like it best when it's freshly made.


Cucumber, Onion, and Parsley Salad
(about 2-3 servings, Kalyn jotted down this recipe from somewhere years ago, but has no idea where it originally appeared.)

Ingredients:
1 large European cucumber or 2 medium Persian cucumbers (or use regular grocery store cucumbers but peel the skin and scrape out the seeds)
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)
1/4 cup crumbled Feta cheese
2 T best quality extra virgin olive oil
1 T fresh lemon juice
fresh ground black pepper to taste

Instructions:
Peel cucumber, leaving some strips of green peel if your cucumbers don't have thick skins. Cut into fourths lengthwise and if the cucumber has large seeds, scrape out seeds with the tip of a spoon. Cut pieces into thinner strips and chop cucumbers into pieces less than 1/2 inch square.

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.) Pat Feta cheese dry with a paper towel, then crumble into pieces. Wash parsley and spin dry or dry with paper towels, then chop coarsely.

In large bowl, combine cucumbers, onions, and parsley. Whisk together olive oil and lemon juice and stir into vegetable mixture. Sprinkle feta cheese over and stir gently a few times. Season with fresh ground black pepper and serve immediately.

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.



South Beach Suggestions:
This is a perfect salad for any phase of the South Beach Diet. This would taste great with something grilled like Marinated Flank Steak, Rosemary Mustard Grilled Chicken, or Grilled Mahi Mahi with Lemon and Capers.

More Tasty Cucumber Salads:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Spicy Shrimp and Cucumber Salad with Mint, Lemon, and Cumin from Kalyn's Kitchen
Asian Cucumber Salad with Cilantro and Vidalia Onions from Kalyn's Kitchen
Tomato, Cucumber, and Radish Salad with Yogurt and Tahini Dressing from Kalyn's Kitchen
Chopped Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Mint, Feta, Lemon, and Thyme from Kalyn's Kitchen
Cucumber Salad with Mint and Feta from Simply Recipes
Cool as a Cucumber Salad from Gluten Free Goddess
Thai Cucumber Salad from Cookin' Canuck
Cucumbers with Creamy Ginger-Soy Dressing from White on Rice Couple
Mint and Parsley Salad with Persian Cucumbers from Modern Beet
(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)counter customizable free hit

32 comments:

Katie said...

The new banner is gorgeous. Talented indeed!

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

Maria said...

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

Anonymous said...

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.

Pille said...

Feta and cucumber always go so well together - great and simple recipe idea!

Kalyn said...

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!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

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!

Anonymous said...

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

neil said...

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.

talkoftomatoes said...

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.

Paz said...

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

Paz

paz said...

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

Paz

Kalyn said...

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!

Chris said...

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.

Chris said...
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Kalyn said...

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.

Scott at Real Epicurean said...

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

Catherine said...

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!

Anonymous said...

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!
Toni

Anonymous said...

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

husky said...

Great! I have to make it

Sheldon Bates said...

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

Kalyn said...

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

FabFrugalFood said...

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

Donna

Lyn said...

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

gfe--gluten free easily said...

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

Maya said...

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

Maria said...

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

Cookin' Canuck said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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

Kalyn said...

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!

M said...

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

Glenna said...

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

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