Strawberry season is here!! One of my best friends and I went to a local farm to pick fresh strawberries this week, and although I already froze and ate some plain, I wanted to incorporate them into a salad. Last year I really enjoyed this strawberry and baby kale salad, and this year I think my new favorite will be this cucumber and strawberry salad!
I know what you’re thinking: cucumbers and strawberries?! Yes. Surprisingly they go very well together. I’m kicking out the tomatoes from the traditional cucumber/tomato salad and replacing them with another bright red fruit: strawberries.
Reasons to love this salad:
-It is light and refreshing.
Chilled cucumbers and strawberries together? Cool and crisp!
-It requires only 4 ingredients.
Just cucumbers, strawberries, feta cheese, and a poppyseed dressing.
-It is quick and easy.
Chop your cucumbers and strawberries, sprinkle some feta, pour the dressing, mix and you’re done!
-It is an unexpected combination.
Everyone expects to see cucumbers and tomatoes together. Why not change it up and use strawberries?
-It is a beautiful color combination.
Bright green cucumbers and red strawberries with a sprinkle of white feta in-between? It’s practically art in a bowl.
-Everyone seems to love it!
I can’t tell you how many people have raved about this salad! It’s a winner, for sure.
Now, I am typically all about making your own salad dressings. After all, I already have several posted on the blog: creamy garlic, red pepper jelly vinaigrette, chia seed dressing, avocado ranch, and a tangy blackberry balsamic. In this case, I did take a shortcut because of time restraints and bought Panera’s poppyseed dressing. If you have time to make your own, do it. If not, I was quite pleased with the flavor of this one and would recommend it. There are certainly more ingredients listed on the label than what you would use if you make your own, but that’s almost always the case with store-bought products.
So, are you looking for a new way to sneak strawberries into a meal? Want to try a light and refreshing salad? You should really try this one; it just might become your new favorite!
Cucumber, Strawberry & Feta Salad.
- 2 large cucumbers, peeled and chopped
- 4 cups strawberries, washed and chopped
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 6 tbsp poppyseed dressing
1) Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl. Mix well and serve!
Servings: about 6. Nutritional Information per Serving: Calories: 121 Carbs: 19 g Fat: 5g Protein: 5g Fiber: 4g Points+: 3
Recipe adapted from: http://thehousewifeintrainingfiles.com/cucumber-strawberry-poppyseed-salad/