Taking some of the freshest summer ingredients and turning them into a salad is what this Cucumber Strawberry Summer Salad is all about! We made this salad for a 4th of July BBQ this past weekend and couldn’t wait to share it with you. Only a few simple ingredients and you are impressing people with a new spin on the long time favorite cucumber salad.
I mean, when this time of year hits and the strawberries look this good, there’s just no way I can resist them. And I had a feeling that a cool strawberry salad would be a crowd pleaser on this hot afternoon in Georgia. The heat didn’t stop us from also bringing the obligatory baked beans (with bourbon and brown sugar!) of course. But this salad stole the show because of the bright colors, refreshing taste and an interesting veggie-fruit pairing that everyone seemed to love!
I used a mandoline to slice my cucumbers to make sure that each slice was consistently thin. Not to mention how much faster it is to slice several cucumbers when using a mandoline. If you don’t have a mandoline, you can certainly slice your cucumbers by hand. I encourage you to keep your slices thin so they don’t over power the strawberries. I sliced the strawberries by hand because mine were so ripe that they were far too delicate for the mandoline.
You can combine the sliced cucumbers and strawberries several hours in advance and store them in an airtight container, but I recommend waiting to add the feta and dressing until the salad is ready to be served. You know from previous posts what a big fan we are of homemade dressings, but we didn’t have the time to whip up a dressing for this weekend and went with an easy store bought dressing. But perhaps we’ll have another excuse to make this salad soon and you know I’ll be challenged to get you a homemade poppy seed dressing recipe next time! Until then, happy summer salad making!
- 3 large cucumbers, thinly sliced
- 1 package fresh strawberries, about 16 ounces, sliced
- 4 oz feta cheese, crumbled
- ½ teaspoon salt, more to taste
- poppy seed dressing
- Using a mandoline or sharp knife, slice the cucumbers into very thin slices. Using a knife, hull and slice the strawberries. Combine cucumbers and strawberries in a large bowl with ½ teaspoon of salt (or more to taste).
- Crumble the feta cheese into the cucumber and strawberry mixture. Then drizzle the dressing on top.