Radish Cucumber Salad Recipe with Feta, Rucola and Fresh Herbs. 31 Recipes to Make in January – Summer Edition. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

Radish Cucumber Salad Recipe with Salty Feta, Peppery Rucola and Fresh Herbs

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My radish cucumber salad recipe with salty feta, peppery rucola and fresh herbs makes a healthy salad that’s packed with so much flavour and texture, it only needs a simple dressing of extra virgin olive oil and wine vinegar. It makes for a satisfying meal on its own, as well as a fantastic side salad to roast chicken, grilled fish or a great steak.

This radish cucumber salad recipe makes my new favourite salad. The radish, cucumber and green beans provide plenty of crunch, the green peas give sweetness, the crumbly feta lends saltiness and creaminess, while the rucola adds peppery notes, and the herbs fragrance and fresh flavours.

I’d been dreaming up this radish cucumber salad recipe for weeks before I finally tested it and I was so delighted with how it turned out. Now we can’t get enough of it and are practically living on this. For Terence, who is very particular about his salads, to love this salad, really says something.

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Radish Cucumber Salad Recipe with Salty Feta, Peppery Rucola and Fresh Herbs

This radish cucumber salad recipe makes a healthy salad that is lovely and light yet so very filling. We usually divide the salad of the size you see in these images between two big bowls and it’s plenty for lunch on its own. Last night, for dinner we enjoyed the salad with braised chicken with olives and capers, and Hassleback potatoes on the side, and were very satisfied.

It’s the kind of salad that can serve as a substantial accompaniment to a roast chicken for a comfort food meal or in smaller portions alongside, say, a piece of crispy grilled salmon or even a great hunk of steak to add freshness as much as colour to protein-forward dishes.

My radish cucumber salad is a very versatile salad. You can substitute components, such as the cheese (any soft white cheese would work; if it’s not salty, sprinkle on a pinch of salt before serving) and fresh herbs (basil is also wonderful).

Radish Cucumber Salad Recipe with Feta, Rucola and Fresh Herbs. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

 

I also think it’s a very pretty salad, even if I do say so myself. You can present it as I’ve done here on a serving plate for a dinner party or a holiday feast for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

You could also take the salad to a potluck meal, as most of these ingredients travel well. If the venue is close by, just take the dressing separately and drizzle it on before serving. If you have a way to go, take the components separately, and combine them and dress the salad when you arrive.

For a casual meal at home, just throw everything into a big salad bowl. To give the salad more body you may want to chop the cucumbers lengthways only and add another cucumber to bulk it up.

Just a few more tips to making my radish cucumber salad recipe with salty feta, peppery rucola and fresh herbs.

 

Radish Cucumber Salad Recipe with Feta, Rucola and Fresh Herbs. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

 

Tips to Making this Radish Cucumber Salad Recipe with Salty Feta, Peppery Rucola and Fresh Herbs

I only have a few tips to making my radish cucumber salad recipe with feta, rucola and fresh herbs as it’s super simple to make and comes together quickly. Only the radishes will slow you down, if you’re finely slicing them all by hand. But a mandoline slicer or a food processor will speed things up.

All of the salad ingredients are fresh (the rucola and herbs come from our balcony garden) except for the peas. I use frozen peas, which I defrost in a bowl of room temperature water, so they remain nice and crisp. If you can get hold of fresh peas, even better.

While I think a simple salad dressing of extra virgin olive oil and a white wine vinegar (or cider vinegar) is best, as there’s so much going on flavour-wise, you could add capers and/or anchovies to the dressing. But in that case, definitely use a salt-free white cheese.

Radish Cucumber Salad Recipe with Feta, Rucola and Fresh Herbs

Radish Cucumber Salad Recipe with Feta, Rucola and Fresh Herbs. 31 Recipes to Make in January – Summer Edition. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

Radish Cucumber Salad Recipe with Feta, Rucola and Fresh Herbs

This radish cucumber salad recipe with salty feta, peppery rucola and fresh herbs makes a healthy salad that's packed with so much flavour and texture, it only needs a simple dressing of extra virgin olive oil and wine vinegar. It makes for a satisfying meal on its own, as well as a fantastic side salad to roast chicken, grilled fish or a great steak.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine Australian
Servings made with recipe4
Calories 131 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 150 g (about 15) radishes, half finely sliced and half sliced in half
  • 100 g / 2 cucumber - sliced lengthways, then into quarters
  • 100 g fresh green beans - trimmed
  • 1 purple shallot - peeled and finely sliced
  • 50 g fresh peas
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • Pinch of sea salt or to taste
  • Pinch of white pepper or to taste
  • 100 g feta or salty white cheese - crumbled
  • 10 rucola leaves
  • 1 tbsp fresh herbs such as coriander and dill or basil

Instructions
 

  • In a big salad bowl, toss the radishes, cucumber, beans, shallots, and peas in a dressing of the extra virgin olive oil, white wine vinegar, salt and pepper.
  • Tip it onto a serving plate, spread it out evenly, sprinkle on crumbled feta and fresh herbs, arrange the rucola leaves, and drizzle on any remaining dressing left in the salad bowl.

Nutrition

Calories: 131kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 5gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 305mgPotassium: 268mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 599IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 161mgIron: 1mg

Please do let us know in the comments below if you make my radish cucumber salad recipe as I’d love to hear how it turned out for you.

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2 thoughts on “Radish Cucumber Salad Recipe with Salty Feta, Peppery Rucola and Fresh Herbs”

  1. What a lovely fresh summer salad this turned out to be! We had it with roasted trout with just al little lemon and salt flakes. is one again while it’s still so hot and humid here in Oz.
    Thanks for the recipe.5 stars

  2. Hi Lizzy, that’s what I love to hear! So pleased you enjoyed it. Thanks for taking the time to drop by and let us know :)

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