Quick & Easy Greek Style Cucumber Salad Recipe

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Today, we’re diving fork-first into a summer classic: Greek cucumber salad. Made with oregano instead of dill, this Greek cucumber salad recipe is a delicious variation of a classic cucumber salad. It’s my favorite way to use up fresh cucumbers straight from the garden.

white bowl of Greek cucumber salad with oregano and onions

Greek Style Quick & Easy Cucumber Salad

Cucumber salad is one of my favorites. Often served in small portions alongside other types of salad in German restaurants, most classic cucumber salad recipes call for fresh dill. 

Since I love fresh oregano, though, I’m excited to share this variation of a traditional German cucumber salad that’s bursting with Greek flavors. It’s fresh, tasty, quick to prepare, and my favorite way to make sure not a single cucumber goes to waste.

cucumbers being sliced on wooden cutting board with large silver knife

Ingredients for Greek Cucumber Salad

Crisp cucumbers, thinly sliced red onions, and a sprinkle of crumbled feta cheese, all mingle together for a Mediterranean party in your mouth. (Yes, the leftovers are even better!) The zesty dressing ingredients and fresh oregano make this Greek salad perfect for a fresh side salad or add some chicken for a full meal. Here’s what you’ll need:

cucumber growing on vine with blossoms

Best Cucumbers for Salad

I use any cucumbers that are growing in my garden – most often they are pickling cucumbers that I missed so they grew too big. Big cucumbers don’t make great pickles, but they do make delicious cucumber salad.

Choose cucumbers that are still firm and remove any bad or mushy spots. Keep the skin on for added crunch and nutrients.

If they’re so big that they won’t fit through my food processor, I slice them lengthwise in fourths and remove seeds if the seeds are too big.

If you have to buy cucumbers for this recipe, choose the long, thin English cucumbers. They’re very tasty and great in this salad recipe. They also fit in a food processor easier.

sliced cucumbers in food processor

How thick should I slice the cucumbers?

Slice the cucumbers as thin as possible. In Germany, the cucumbers are sliced almost paper thin. I find it easiest to use my food processor to slice them.. A mandoline slicer with an adjustable blade also works very well.

Thin slices not only distribute the dressing evenly but also allow the flavors to meld better.

Nobody Wants Soggy Cucumbers

Cucumbers have a high water content that can lead to a watery salad. Lightly salt the sliced cucumbers and let them sit for a few minutes to drain off any excess water. Then, give them a gentle squeeze before tossing them with the other ingredients.

cucumber salad with fresh oregano in a glass bowl

More Salad Recipes:

I’m always on the lookout for good salad and side dish recipes. Here are a few of my favorites to share with you:

Wilted Lettuce with Hot Bacon Dressing

BLT Pasta Salad with Homemade Ranch

Mediterranean Tomato Salad

Salad Nicoise Paris Style

There you have it – a simple and quick Greek salad recipe that’s as easy to make as it is to devour. The refreshing flavors are an ideal side dish for a summer barbecue, a picnic in the park, or just a casual weeknight dinner.

Next time you’re craving a taste of Greece, don’t book a flight – head to your kitchen and whip up this delightful salad instead.

Yield: 8 servings

Quick & Easy Greek Style Cucumber Salad Recipe

Greek Style Cucumber Salad

Quick and easy Greek Style Cucumber Salad featuring fresh cucumbers, fresh oregano, feta cheese and more!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes


  • 3 medium sized cucumbers, peeled and sliced as thin as possible, or one large European Cucumber
  • 1 small onion, diced or sliced into rings
  • 6 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped (or 2 teaspoons dried)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese


    Combine cucumbers and onions in a large bowl.

    Combine apple cider vinegar, fresh oregano, sugar, salt and pepper, in small bowl and whisk until well combined.

    Pour dressing over cucumbers and toss to combine. Cover the salad and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, but up to 3 hours ahead for the flavors to really meld.

    Before serving, add the feta cheese and toss one more time.



If you want the sugar to completely dissolve, you will need to heat the vinegar and whisk the sugar until it's dissolved.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 49Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 324mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 2g

Nutritional data is not always correct.

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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long-time green-living enthusiast, and rural Iowa mom of four. She empowers families to grow and eat seasonal, local foods; to reduce their ecological footprint; and to come together through impactful travel.

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