Cucumber Strawberry Salad

Looking for a quick and easy summer salad recipe? Add this Cucumber Strawberry Salad to your rotation! This light, fresh and flavorful salad is made with cucumbers, strawberries, rhubarb, feta cheese, pecans, pickled red onion, dried cherries, basil, mint, and topped with the best strawberry balsamic dressing. It is perfect for summer dinner parties, holidays, lunches, or light dinners!

Looking for more salad ideas? Be sure to check out our favorite Farro Salad and Roasted Vegetable Salad!

All About This Cucumber Strawberry Salad

  • Flavor: Fresh, sweet, and tangy are the words I would use to describe the flavor of this salad. Cucumber with strawberry is the flavor pairing that you never knew you needed. Especially for the summer season! The salted cucumbers and feta cheese bring the perfect salty to the juicy strawberry and dried cherry sweetness. Then the rhubarb sprigs add just a touch of tang! All complemented by a sweet Strawberry Balsamic Dressing. And, now I'm going to have to make this for dinner again!
  • Texture: This salad has the perfect mix of crunch and chew! The crunch of the cucumbers and pecans paired with the chew of the dried cherries and strawberries is so satisfying.
  • Ease: Salads are usually an easy dish to make, but sometimes we may feel like we don't know where to start. That's why posts like this one that tell you exactly how much of everything to throw together help so much! A beginner can easily master this recipe by following my detailed instructions below. It is so quick and easy!
Cucumber strawberry salad on white serving platter.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I peel a cucumber before putting it in a salad?

It completely comes down to preference as to whether you want to peel the cucumbers or not. Different types have different thickness of skin. English or Persian cucumbers tend to have thinner skins while regular market cucumbers have a thicker peel. I always prefer to keep the skin on for a little crunch!

How do you cut cucumbers for salad?

The most common way to cut cucumbers for salad is to dice them or slice them into rounds, but if you're looking for a change up using a mandolin to slice them into thin ribbons as pictured makes for the prettiest salad!

Cucumber strawberry salad ingredients on white counter top.

Ingredients

To make this salad, you will need the following ingredients. See the full recipe card at the end of this post for detailed amounts and instructions! 

  • Cucumbers - Our main ingredient for this salad! You only need one large or two small for this salad. You can slice or dice them however you prefer, but I used a mandolin for the one shown here.
  • Strawberries - You'll only need about 1 cup of strawberries for the recipe below, but feel free to add as many as you like!
  • Rhubarb - Rhubard looks like a redish purple celery stalk. When it is in season it's super easy to find in your produce section. You only need one stalk for this recipe. I like to cut mine into matchstick pieces, but you could also slice it.
  • Pecans - I love using whole raw pecans for this salad, but use any kind you prefer.
  • Feta cheese - This is completely optional, but the salty tang is a nice addition! I suggest using a vegan feta if you want a dairy free version.
  • Pickled red onion - These add such an amazing flavor to anything you put them on, including salads! Try my easy quick pickled onions or buy them pre-made at the store.
  • Dried cherries - I love this sweet and chewy addition! You only need a handful to make an impact.
  • Basil - Fresh basil leaves all the way!
  • Mint - Fresh mint leaves all the way!
  • Strawberry balsamic dressing - Homemade is always the cleaner option so I've listed the easiest homemade version in the recipe card below, but store bought will work if you prefer.
Strawberry vinaigrette dressing in glass jar beside cucumber strawberry salad.

How to Make Cucumber Strawberry Salad

To make this recipe, simply:

  1. Prep.

    Slice the cucumbers into fine ribbons using a mandolin. Slice the strawberries. Slice the rhubarb into matchstick pieces. Roughly chop the basil and mint leaves.

  2. Assemble.

    Add the cucumbers to a plate and sprinkle with sea salt. Top with the sliced strawberries, rhubarb, pecans, feta, pickled onion, dried cherries, basil, and mint.

  3. Make the strawberry balsamic.

    Add the strawberries, white balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, and maple syrup to a blender. Blend until fully combined. Serve on the side.

To store: If you have leftovers, store the dressing and salad in separate air-tight containers. It will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Cucumber strawberry salad on white serving platter.

Variations

  • Swap out the toppings. If you aren't into certain ingredients here, make this salad your own with your favorite toppings!
  • Make it even faster. To make this salad even faster, use a store bought dressing.
Strawberry vinaigrette dressing in glass jar beside cucumber strawberry salad.

More healthy recipes you'll love!

Print
clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon
Cucumber strawberry salad on white serving platter.

Cucumber Strawberry Salad


  • Author: Lauren
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Looking for a quick and easy summer salad recipe? Add this Cucumber Strawberry Salad to your rotation! This light, fresh and flavorful salad is made with cucumbers, strawberries, rhubarb, feta cheese, pecans, pickled red onion, dried cherries, basil, mint, and topped with the best strawberry balsamic dressing. It is perfect for summer dinner parties, holidays, lunches, or light dinners!


Ingredients

Units Scale

SALAD:

  • 1 large cucumber, sliced into ribbons
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced
  • ½ a rhubarb stalk, sliced into matchsticks
  • ½ cup pecans
  • ½ cup feta cheese or vegan feta
  • ¼ cup pickled red onion
  • ¼ cup dried cherries
  • A few basil leaves, chopped
  • A few mint leaves, chopped
 
STRAWBERRY BALSAMIC DRESSING:
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries
  • 5 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Prep. Slice the cucumbers into fine ribbons using a mandolin. Slice the strawberries. Slice the rhubarb into matchstick pieces. Roughly chop the basil and mint leaves.
  2. Assemble. Add the cucumbers to a plate and sprinkle with sea salt. Top with the sliced strawberries, rhubarb, pecans, feta, pickled onion, dried cherries, basil, and mint.
  3. Make the strawberry balsamic dressing. Add the strawberries, white balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, and maple syrup to a blender. Blend until fully combined. Serve on the side.

Notes

  • To store. If you have leftovers, store the dressing and salad in separate air-tight containers. It will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Swap out the toppings. If you aren't into certain ingredients here, make this salad your own with your favorite toppings!
  • Make it even faster. To make this salad even faster, use a store bought dressing.
  • Prep Time: 5

Keywords: Cucumber Strawberry Salad

Leave a Comment

Recipe rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Welcome!

I'm Lauren, creator here at by Lauren Cermak! My husband Michael and I live in Tennessee. I'm into classic style, British baking shows, and pretty finds. My motto is dress like Kate, work like Reese, and entertain like Martha!

Instagram

Nutcracker bound 🩰
Nutcracker bound 🩰
Nutcracker bound 🩰
5 months ago
View on Instagram |
1/10
{Georgetown/DC Photo Dump: Day Four}
{Georgetown/DC Photo Dump: Day Four}
{Georgetown/DC Photo Dump: Day Four}
{Georgetown/DC Photo Dump: Day Four}
{Georgetown/DC Photo Dump: Day Four}
{Georgetown/DC Photo Dump: Day Four}
{Georgetown/DC Photo Dump: Day Four}
{Georgetown/DC Photo Dump: Day Four}
{Georgetown/DC Photo Dump: Day Four}
{Georgetown/DC Photo Dump: Day Four}
{Georgetown/DC Photo Dump: Day Four}
5 months ago
View on Instagram |
2/10
{Georgetown/DC Photo Dump: Day Three}
{Georgetown/DC Photo Dump: Day Three}
{Georgetown/DC Photo Dump: Day Three}
{Georgetown/DC Photo Dump: Day Three}
{Georgetown/DC Photo Dump: Day Three}
{Georgetown/DC Photo Dump: Day Three}
{Georgetown/DC Photo Dump: Day Three}
{Georgetown/DC Photo Dump: Day Three}
{Georgetown/DC Photo Dump: Day Three}
{Georgetown/DC Photo Dump: Day Three}
{Georgetown/DC Photo Dump: Day Three}
5 months ago
View on Instagram |
3/10
{Georgetown/DC Photo Dump: Day Two}
{Georgetown/DC Photo Dump: Day Two}
{Georgetown/DC Photo Dump: Day Two}
{Georgetown/DC Photo Dump: Day Two}
{Georgetown/DC Photo Dump: Day Two}
{Georgetown/DC Photo Dump: Day Two}
{Georgetown/DC Photo Dump: Day Two}
{Georgetown/DC Photo Dump: Day Two}
{Georgetown/DC Photo Dump: Day Two}
{Georgetown/DC Photo Dump: Day Two}
{Georgetown/DC Photo Dump: Day Two}
5 months ago
View on Instagram |
4/10
{Georgetown Photo Dump: Day One}
{Georgetown Photo Dump: Day One}
{Georgetown Photo Dump: Day One}
{Georgetown Photo Dump: Day One}
{Georgetown Photo Dump: Day One}
{Georgetown Photo Dump: Day One}
{Georgetown Photo Dump: Day One}
{Georgetown Photo Dump: Day One}
{Georgetown Photo Dump: Day One}
{Georgetown Photo Dump: Day One}
{Georgetown Photo Dump: Day One}
5 months ago
View on Instagram |
5/10
{Hello 30!} When Michael asked how I was feeling about this birthday I said, “I’ve always wanted to be in my 30s!”. Blame it on Jennifer Garner’s thirty flirty and thriving or the fact that I’ve had the personality of a 30 year old woman since I was 18 😂, but today I’m living the dream! My twenties were full of joy, discovery, and so much growth. By the grace of God, I became a stronger and more confident person than I ever thought I could be. It’s hard for me to think about the past decade of my life without tearing up and every bit of it has to do with the man beside me. My best friend, confidant, cheerleader, champion, bodyguard, and simply everything! So to you, Michael Cermak, thank you for lifting me up and making all of my dreams come true! Here’s to 30! 
.
P.S. We’ve been falling in love with Georgetown/DC the past week and decided to hire someone to take some pictures of us together after seeing how many I have of just me from our other trips this year 😂 Thank you @cheyennemacielphotography for this sneak peak! If you’re in the DC area you must use her!
{Hello 30!} When Michael asked how I was feeling about this birthday I said, “I’ve always wanted to be in my 30s!”. Blame it on Jennifer Garner’s thirty flirty and thriving or the fact that I’ve had the personality of a 30 year old woman since I was 18 😂, but today I’m living the dream! My twenties were full of joy, discovery, and so much growth. By the grace of God, I became a stronger and more confident person than I ever thought I could be. It’s hard for me to think about the past decade of my life without tearing up and every bit of it has to do with the man beside me. My best friend, confidant, cheerleader, champion, bodyguard, and simply everything! So to you, Michael Cermak, thank you for lifting me up and making all of my dreams come true! Here’s to 30! . P.S. We’ve been falling in love with Georgetown/DC the past week and decided to hire someone to take some pictures of us together after seeing how many I have of just me from our other trips this year 😂 Thank you @cheyennemacielphotography for this sneak peak! If you’re in the DC area you must use her!
5 months ago
View on Instagram |
6/10
And the precious reason we went to Nashville 🥰 I vow to spend an excessive amount of time and money spoiling you sweet girl! That’s what aunts are for, right?!
And the precious reason we went to Nashville 🥰 I vow to spend an excessive amount of time and money spoiling you sweet girl! That’s what aunts are for, right?!
6 months ago
View on Instagram |
7/10
An amazing experience at @audreynashville this weekend! Not only is the food incredible, but the space is inspired! Photo dump featuring yet another one of Michael’s artistic (accidental) screenshot selfies 😂
An amazing experience at @audreynashville this weekend! Not only is the food incredible, but the space is inspired! Photo dump featuring yet another one of Michael’s artistic (accidental) screenshot selfies 😂
An amazing experience at @audreynashville this weekend! Not only is the food incredible, but the space is inspired! Photo dump featuring yet another one of Michael’s artistic (accidental) screenshot selfies 😂
An amazing experience at @audreynashville this weekend! Not only is the food incredible, but the space is inspired! Photo dump featuring yet another one of Michael’s artistic (accidental) screenshot selfies 😂
An amazing experience at @audreynashville this weekend! Not only is the food incredible, but the space is inspired! Photo dump featuring yet another one of Michael’s artistic (accidental) screenshot selfies 😂
An amazing experience at @audreynashville this weekend! Not only is the food incredible, but the space is inspired! Photo dump featuring yet another one of Michael’s artistic (accidental) screenshot selfies 😂
An amazing experience at @audreynashville this weekend! Not only is the food incredible, but the space is inspired! Photo dump featuring yet another one of Michael’s artistic (accidental) screenshot selfies 😂
An amazing experience at @audreynashville this weekend! Not only is the food incredible, but the space is inspired! Photo dump featuring yet another one of Michael’s artistic (accidental) screenshot selfies 😂
6 months ago
View on Instagram |
8/10
{Midtown Magic ✨}
{Midtown Magic ✨}
7 months ago
View on Instagram |
9/10
{Sage in Savannah} Dress is on sale and linked in my profile!
{Sage in Savannah} Dress is on sale and linked in my profile!
7 months ago
View on Instagram |
10/10

Follow on Pinterest

  • We have these pendants all over our studio because we love them so much! Their metal shade and the warm glow they exude is perfect for any setting.
  • A round up post of the best kitchens by Studio McGee! Blogger, and interior designer who knows how to renovate inspiring kitchens!
  • We were immediately attracted to the Limoges Pendant for its bold simplicity. Its strong conical shade is held by a large circular clasp that bring balance and subtle interplay with shaping into its design.
  • We’re delighted to share with you a new series in the Armac Martin journal. We'll be showcasing 'Kitchens We Love’ and in the first, we're featuring the beautiful McGee family kitchen by interior designers Studio McGee.
  • 11 Best Kitchens by Studio McGee - Nikki's Plate Blog
  • View this beautiful modern mountain home created by Studio McGee. Find stunning images of the living room, dining room, kitchen and mountain bedrooms.
  • The kitchen of the newly renovated Jones home has been completely transformed. A wall was removed to increase the size of the kitchen and to add to the open feel of the home. Some key elements are the stainless steel appliances, farm sink, pantry, and subway inspired tile on the backsplash, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)
  • Colors We're Considering for Our Phase 1 Kitchen Cabinets Makeover! - Chris Loves Julia

Recent Posts

Lifestyle

Season

meal