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Cucumber Chopped Salad with Feta & Pine Nuts

Super Fresh Cucumber Chopped Salad with Feta & Pine Nuts is a crunchy and chilled flavorful combination of veges topped with a simple red wine and oregano vinaigrette.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: under 30 minutes, quick, easy Greek, Feta cheese, cucumber salad, salad, grill sides, picnic food, no cook
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 128kcal

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Ingredients

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    For The Dressing

    • 1/4 cup quality olive oil Not Entirely Average consistently uses Thea Olive Oil in all of our recipes
    • 3 tablespoons quality red wine vinegar
    • 1/4 cup crumbled Feta cheese
    • 5 or 6 pitted Kalamata olives
    • 2 whole cloves of garlic
    • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • 2 teaspoons dried oregano flowers or simply dried oregano
    • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste

    For the Salad

    • 2 cucumbers, halved and cut into 1/2" moons
    • handful cherry tomatoes, halved
    • 1/2 small red onion, sliced ultra thin
    • 1/4 bunch flat leaf parsley, rough chopped
    • additional crumbled Feta and additional Kalamata olives if desired
    • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted or raw
    • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves, chopped

    Instructions

    Prepare the Dressing

    • Process all dressing ingredients with a hand held blender until emulsified and very creamy. Taste the dressing. Add additional ingredients as needed to taste. Set the dressing aside.

    Prepare the Salad Vegetables

    • In a large bowl, salt the cucumbers with Kosher salt and allow to weep for 20 minutes. Rinse cucumbers well and drain, turning out onto paper toweling to dry if necessary. The cucumbers will not absorb the dressing if they are not dry.
    • Halve the tomatoes. Thinly slice the red onion. Pull the parsley leaves from their stems, then give them a rough chop. Crumble the additional Feta cheese if using.
    • Return well-drained cucumbers to the large bowl along with halved tomatoes, red onion, parsley and additional crumbled Feta.
    • Pour the dressing over the vegetables and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours to allow the flavors to assimilate. The dressing will thicken slightly upon standing.

    Assembly

    • Once well chilled, give the salad a few good stirs to wake up the flavors. Turn out onto a pretty rimmed serving platter or shallow bowl. Garnish with fresh chopped oregano leaves and pine nuts, toasted or raw.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1servings | Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 142mg | Potassium: 169mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 275IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 1mg

    Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.