Cucumber, Red Onion, Feta and Dill Salad

Let me tell you something about vacationing.

It’s not the time to even attempt dieting.  At least not for me.

Look, part of our vacation included a cruise, which meant we got to eat five-course meals every night.  Don’t think for one minute that I didn’t take advantage of that, including the fact that I could have two! {or three!} desserts if I wanted them.  I felt a little gluttonous choosing something from each course offering when the two other people at our table were hemming and hawing over whether to have a soup or a salad.

“Get them both!” I advised.  “Live it up, we’re on vacation!”

Also, the food is technically already figured into the price of the trip.  And, because the Tall Boy and Doodle don’t really eat enough to cover what the cruise line charged us, I decided it was necessary that I eat enough for all of us to get our money’s worth.

The problem with this is that by the time I got home, even my elastic pants were getting a little snug and the idea of eating another decadent dessert kind of made my stomach roll (don’t worry, I’ll be over that in another day or two).

So, to sort of even things out a bit, I decided a salad was in order.


Except I’m really not one for traditional salads.  Also, I require some type of protein, lots of cheese, and enough dressing to cover up the taste of the lettuce.  And when there’s no lettuce involved at all, so much the better.

If we’re being honest here, I’m not really even a vegetable fan.  I do try to eat them, and often do a better job of it in the summer months, when I can throw them on the grill.

But I love, love, LOVE this salad, which is quick and easy to throw together, travels well, and is crisp and cool for the hot summer.  Plus, I can eat a huge serving of it and still have calories saved to justify eating dessert.

It’s a win-win.

Cucumber, Red Onion, Feta and Dill Salad
  • 2 cucumbers, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • 1 medium red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • crumbled feta cheese, to taste
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the vinegar, sweetener and salt/pepper. Toss in the cucumbers, red onion and fresh dill.
  2. Cover and chill--at least 1 hour, to let the flavors intensify.
  3. Before serving, toss with crumbled feta cheese.
  4. If you want to be naughty--add in some crumbled bacon!

Have a great Wednesday!


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  1. Shirley

    This looks like a really wonderful summer salad. My mouth is watering looking at this crunchy salad. I’m going to make this.

    • Ashley

      I’m with you–this one is top on my list of favorite summer salads. Love the crunch of the cucumbers!

  2. Nancy

    Sounds great! I want to try this. I may throw in a few halved grape tomatoes too.

  3. Hayley

    Ooooh, I LOOOOVE cucumbers. And I actually love salad–a lot! I do require a slightly heavy hand with the dressing, but man, I love it when it’s hot. Sometimes it’s too hot to eat anything cooked! This looks SO good. And I can only imagine how bad they’d have to roll my off the ship if I went on a cruise. All you can eat food ALL day and night?! Yeah, that is my personal heaven AND hell haha.
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    • Ashley

      I can definitely eat a LOT of salad in the summer–winter months, not so much (too cold for me!!). BUT, this is my favorite new {light) summer salad. Seriously, I could eat it all day long. AND, I don’t even have to feel guilty about it. 🙂

  4. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    Hahahaha!!!! I’m laughing so hard right now because that is exactly how I feel about eating on a cruise…gotta get your money’s worth:-) in fact we are driving to FL right now and leaving on one tomorrow…looking forward to all I can eat. Heck yea to ordering 2 desserts!!! This salad is going to be a mustache when we get back!!! It looks fresh and delicious!!!
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    • Ashley

      Jocelyn–have a BLAST on your cruise! I can’t wait to hear all about it (and the food!) when you get back. ENJOY.

  5. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    I’m with you – eat it up on vaca. And if it was a cruise? Totally. I mean, you pay ahead of time so it’s free. Eat away! Love this salad too. 🙂
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