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Cucumber, bean and feta salad (Photo: Emma Boyd; additional design by Archi Banal)
Cucumber, bean and feta salad (Photo: Emma Boyd; additional design by Archi Banal)

KaiDecember 5, 2021

Recipe: Cucumber, bean and feta salad

Cucumber, bean and feta salad (Photo: Emma Boyd; additional design by Archi Banal)
Cucumber, bean and feta salad (Photo: Emma Boyd; additional design by Archi Banal)

A salad that embodies summer.

Fresh, crisp beans, juicy cucumber and sunny strips of lemon zest tied together with a lemon dressing and creamy feta. I made this salad last week (without the feta) and it was so well received I thought it needed to be shared, with the addition of feta to add a touch of creaminess. It’s such a quick, easy recipe to prepare but results in such a tasty dish that I think it would make a welcome addition to any Christmas spread.   

CUCUMBER, BEAN AND FETA SALAD

Serves 4-6

  • 250g green beans
  • 1 telegraph cucumber
  • 1 large lemon
  • ⅔ cup mint, lightly packed, shredded
  • 100g feta
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Snap the ends off the beans and slice into bite-sized pieces on the diagonal. Blanch for 1 minute in boiling water then remove from the heat and run under cold running water to stop them cooking. Drain then place into a shallow salad bowl.

Cut the ends off the cucumber and cut in half crosswise. Cut each half into eighths lengthwise, then cut each stick into 1cm-thick slices on the diagonal. Add to the bowl along with the cucumber. 

Using a vegetable peeler, peel the zest of the lemon into long strips. Using a sharp knife, thinly cut the long strips into thin ones. 

Scatter the zest over the vegetables along with the shredded mint, then crumble over the feta.

In a small glass jar, add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, the olive oil, vinegar and honey. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Shake well and pour over the salad before serving. 

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