Feta Strawberry Cucumber Salad with Balsamic Mint

This is the best-tasting Feta Strawberry Cucumber Salad with avocado, feta cheese, and mint leaves. This simple recipe uses clean, all-natural ingredients and is finished with a quick dressing of avocado oil, white balsamic vinegar, lime juice, and honey. It’s the perfect healthy side dish for any occasion!

Bowl of feta strawberry cucumber salad.

This is the best-tasting Feta Strawberry Cucumber Salad with juicy strawberries, crisp cucumbers, creamy avocado, and salty feta cheese, all tossed with fresh mint leaves. This simple recipe uses clean, all-natural ingredients and is finished with a quick dressing of avocado oil, white balsamic vinegar, lime juice, and honey. Celebrate Mother’s Day or Easter or enjoy a light lunch with this fresh summer salad. It’s the perfect healthy side dish for any occasion!

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Why You’ll Love This Cucumber Strawberry Avocado Salad Recipe

  • You only need a few simple ingredients.
  • It is super easy to make for an impressive result.
  • The flavor-rich ingredients make it taste amazing!
  • All the ingredients are easily digestible for a gentle tummy.
Bowl of feta strawberry cucumber salad.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Here is everything you need to make the best-tasting Feta Strawberry Cucumber Salad recipe:

Strawberries: Fresh, ripe strawberries work best.

Crisp Cucumbers: You can use a variety of cucumbers including English cucumbers, mini cucumbers

Feta Cheese: Replace the feta cheese with goat cheese for a similar creamy texture and tangy flavor, or use a dairy-free alternative like almond or cashew cheese.

Avocado: If you don’t have avocado, you can substitute it with diced mango for a sweet and tropical twist, or omit it altogether if you prefer.

Sliced Almonds: For a different nutty flavor and texture, substitute the sliced almonds with chopped pecans, walnuts, or sunflower seeds.

Mint Leaves: For a different herbaceous flavor, use basil leaves instead of mint, or omit the mint altogether if you don’t have any on hand.

Avocado Oil: Substitute avocado oil with extra-virgin olive oil or grapeseed oil for a different flavor profile.

White Balsamic Vinegar: If you don’t have white balsamic vinegar, you can use regular balsamic vinegar for a deeper, richer flavor, or apple cider vinegar or for a slightly tangy taste.

Honey: For a vegan alternative, replace honey with maple syrup or agave nectar, or omit it altogether if you prefer a less sweet dressing.

Sea Salt: You can use any variety of salt you have on hand.

Bowl of feta strawberry cucumber salad.

How to Make My Strawberry Cucumber Avocado Salad Recipe

Here are easy, detailed, step-by-step instructions for the best way to make this delicious healthier version of the viral recipe. The instructions are also repeated in the recipe card at the bottom of this blog post.

Step 1: Prepare the Salad

In a large bowl, combine the chopped strawberries, sliced cucumber, crumbled feta cheese, diced avocado, toasted almonds and chopped mint leaves.

Combining all the ingredients in a bowl.

Step 2: Make the Dressing

In a small jar or bowl, whisk together the avocado oil, white balsamic vinegar, lime juice, and honey. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Stirring together the dressing.

Step 3: Assemble and Serve

Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss gently to coat. Garnish with additional fresh mint leaves (optional).

Bowl of feta strawberry cucumber salad.

Recipe Notes

Avocados: To prevent the avocado from browning, you can toss it with a bit of lemon juice before adding it to the salad. This salad is best served fresh, but you can store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to a day. The avocado may brown slightly, but the salad will still be delicious.

Toasting Almonds: To toast the sliced almonds, toss them in a teaspoon of melted butter and sprinkle with a dash of salt. Then spread them in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown and fragrant. Keep an eye on them as they can burn quickly.

Cucumber Salad Serving Suggestions

  • Serve over a bed of baby spinach and fresh fruit slices for the best results
  • Add different flavors with sesame seeds and poppy seeds
  • Drizzle with apple cider vinaigrette

Refrigeration: Store any leftover salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It’s best to consume the salad within 1-2 days for the best flavor and texture.

Dressing: If you’re making the salad ahead of time, consider keeping the dressing separate and adding it just before serving to prevent the salad from becoming too soggy.

Avocado: If you’re preparing the salad in advance and it contains avocado, sprinkle some lime or lemon juice over the avocado to prevent it from browning.

Crispness: The salad is best enjoyed when the cucumbers and strawberries are crisp. If the salad becomes too watery, drain any excess liquid before serving.

Refreshing: If the salad has been refrigerated for a while and has lost some of its freshness, you can revive it by adding a little more dressing and tossing it gently before serving.

How do I keep the strawberries in cucumber strawberry salad from getting soggy?
To prevent soggy strawberries in your salad, wait to add them until just before serving. Slice them larger to minimize their surface area exposed to dressing. Pat them dry after rinsing to remove excess moisture. If you prefer a slightly softened texture, briefly macerate them with a touch of sugar or lime juice in a separate bowl, discarding the juices before adding the berries to the salad. Alternatively, toss the salad with dressing and place the strawberries on top for minimal dressing contact.

Can I make strawberry cucumber salad ahead of time?
Yes, you can prepare the ingredients ahead of time and store them separately in the refrigerator. Combine everything and add the dressing just before serving to keep the salad fresh.

Can I use a different type of cheese instead of feta?
Yes, you can substitute feta cheese with goat cheese, blue cheese, or even a vegan cheese alternative.

Can I omit the nuts due to allergies?
Yes, you can omit the sliced almonds or replace them with a seed like sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds.

Can I use a different dressing with feta strawberry cucumber salad?
Yes, feel free to use different salad dressings if you prefer. A simple balsamic vinaigrette or lemon vinaigrette would work well with this salad.

Is this side salad gluten-free?
Yes, this salad is naturally gluten-free. Just make sure to check the labels of the ingredients you use to ensure they are gluten-free.

Can I use frozen strawberries?
Fresh strawberries are recommended for this recipe, as frozen strawberries may become too watery when thawed and affect the texture of the salad.

Bowl of feta strawberry cucumber salad.

Feta Strawberry Cucumber Salad with Balsamic Mint

Dairy-Free diet-friendly recipe
Gluten-Free diet-friendly recipe
This is the best-tasting Feta Strawberry Cucumber Salad with avocado, feta cheese, and mint leaves. This simple recipe uses clean, all-natural ingredients and is finished with a quick dressing of avocado oil, white balsamic vinegar, lime juice, and honey. It's the perfect healthy side dish for any occasion!
5 from 3 votes
Servings 8
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups cucumber (chopped)
  • 2 cups strawberries (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds (toasted)
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves (chopped)

Salad Dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, combine the chopped strawberries, sliced cucumber, crumbled feta cheese, diced avocado, toasted almonds and chopped mint leaves.
  • In a small jar or bowl, whisk together the avocado oil, white balsamic vinegar, lime juice, and honey. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss gently to coat. Garnish with additional fresh mint leaves (optional).

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Notes

Avocados: To prevent the avocado from browning, you can toss it with a bit of lemon juice before adding it to the salad. This salad is best served fresh, but you can store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to a day. The avocado may brown slightly, but the salad will still be delicious.
Toasting Almonds: To toast the sliced almonds, toss them in a teaspoon of melted butter and sprinkle with a dash of salt. Then spread them in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown and fragrant. Keep an eye on them as they can burn quickly.

Nutrition

Calories: 139kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 3gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 183mgPotassium: 263mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 165IUVitamin C: 26mgCalcium: 72mgIron: 1mg
Keyword balsamic vinegar, cucumber, feta cheese, mint leaves, strawberry
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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I’m so excited to share this recipe with you! It is fresh and flavorful and I hope you love it as much as I do!

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