The tomato cucumber feta salad recipe is an authentic Romanian salad that can be made all year round. The secret in this salad is that the dressing doesn't use vinegar or lemon juice, only sunflower oil, salt and pepper. Simple and delicious!
Favorite Summer Salad
Summer is my favorite season, and if you grew up in Romania, you probably know that this salad is one of the most popular ones around.
In fact, at my table, this salad is a regular not only in the summer but all year round if the weather is not too cold.
It is refreshing, low in calories, low in carbs, and absolutely delicious!
And, can we call it vegan also if we don't add the cheese, which is always optional? I think we can...
There are different versions of this salad on the internet. I did some research as I was interested to find out how my recipe would differ from the ones out there.
Bingo! I remembered that Romanians rarely put vinegar or lemon juice on the tomatoes.
The tomatoes are already acidic. Therefore, this might be the reason why we do not add any acid to the dressing. You don't need to.
If we make a simple cucumber salad, though, then yes, we do add vinegar or lemon juice. Also, Romanians are big consumers of sunflower oil.
We grow sunflowers in the south of Romania, mostly Dobrogea, close to the Black Sea, where the climate is good for them.
For that matter, I know this salad to be awesome with sunflower oil.
Of course, olive oil goes well, too, but for more authenticity, try first the sunflower oil. You will not be sorry.
When we were children, my maternal grandma used to make this salad very often in the summer.
It cools your body down, something that you don't need in the winter. It is also very nutritious.
My grandmother would also serve with this salad a bunch of homemade French fries, made from scratch, and add some sunny-side-up fried eggs to complete the meal.
It was one of my favorite ones as a child and still is, as it brings so many memories of my childhood.
It is mandatory to serve it with some good, crusty bread, as you will HAVE to dip it into the juices of the salad. Trust me, it is the best!
For the bread, you can try this homemade recipe, or you can get a French baguette.
Use good, quality ingredients, and your meal will be memorable. Enjoy!
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Tomato Cucumber Feta Salad Recipe
- 2-3 tomatoes chopped
- 2-3 green onions chopped
- 1 medium cucumber peeled
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1-2 tablespoons sunflower oil olive oil works well too
- 2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
- Clean and slice the vegetables.
- Place them in a salad bowl.
- Sprinkle salt and pepper to your taste and pour sunflower oil or olive oil over.
- Stir to combine.
- Serve with crumbled Feta cheese on top and crusty bread to dip in the salad juices.
- Dip crusty bread in the sauce! It is delicious!