Warm weather and sunshine calls for cool, refreshing and hydrating recipes like our low carb Cucumber Feta Salad. This simple side features crunchy cucumbers and creamy feta cheese, all tossed in a homemade Greek-inspired vinaigrette. Serve it up with burgers, grilled meats or salmon for the perfect summer veggie side.
Cucumber is the ultimate warm weather vegetable. According to Medical News Today, they “consist mostly of water,” while also being rich in essential electrolytes. This makes them perfect for staying hydrated in the heat. Learn more about the importance of electrolytes and dig into this nutritious summer salad to cool down on those hot days.
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To make this low-carb salad recipe, get started by preparing your simple, homemade dressing. Grab a large bowl and whisk together one tablespoon of olive oil, one tablespoon of red wine vinegar and a quarter teaspoon each of garlic powder and dried oregano. Add salt and pepper to the dressing according to your taste preference. Add one large, thinly sliced seedless cucumber and four ounces of feta cheese cut up into half-inch cubes. Toss the salad gently to coat the ingredients in the dressing before serving.
Palm Pro Tip: Feel free to switch up the ingredients in your salad dressing! You can swap in apple cider vinegar or a different type of oil, such as avocado oil, hemp seed oil or flax seed oil. Better yet, do a combination of the three! You can even use different herbs and spices for some variety. Utilize whatever you have on hand throughout the summer to make this recipe your own healthy creation!
One serving of this Cucumber Feta Salad contains 117 calories and three grams of net carbs. It counts as one Healthy Fat and half of a Vegetable serving on your South Beach Diet meal plan. Make sure to log your meal in the South Beach Diet Tracker app to stay on track with your low-carb diet. The easy-to-use food journal makes it simple to stay accountable with your food intake, while the macro tracker ensures that your daily menu fits into your meal plan guidelines.
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For a Greek-inspired feast that’s ready in a snap, pair this delicious Cucumber Feta Salad with our Dill Poached Salmon. This tasty, low carb dish features lightly poached salmon and crisp asparagus tips that are simmered in the flavors of dill, lemon and a splash of cream. For an after-dinner dessert idea, dig into our Double Chocolate Cookie Bites baked with almond flour, egg whites and cocoa. These sweet, chocolatey bites are guilt-free with zero grams of added sugar!
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Phase: Weight Loss Phase, Weight Maintenance Phase
- 1 Healthy Fat
- 0.5 Vegetables
- 1 large seedless cucumber, thinly sliced
- 4 oz. feta cheese, diced into ½ inch cubes
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
- ¼ tsp. garlic powder
- ¼ tsp. dried oregano
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Whisk together the dressing ingredients in a large bowl.
- Add the cucumber and feta cheese. Toss gently to coat in the dressing.