Cucumber Ribbon Salad & Ginger Scallion Dressing

It’s cucumber season here in the heat of the July summer months on the East Coast. We have more cucumbers than we know what to do with. Fortunately my son has been hard at work watering and harvesting these humble “gurken”. He has been pickling them into “Gewurtzgurken” and we still have too many! Here is a nice link to how to pickle cucumbers: http://pickling cucumbers. So with so many cucumbers around, I had to think- what is there to make that is doable for lunch? Thinking that I really don’t feel like Tzatziki -the greek yogurt cucumber dish- I decided to make this fresh Cucumber Ribbon Salad Salad.

Harvesting Cucumbers
My Son Harvesting Cucumbers from The Biome Kitchen

This cucumber salad is basically influenced by Mediterranean flavors and what I could find in my fridge. Some left over olives, feta and a tomato from the Biome Kitchen Garden. The dressing is made of grated ginger (a fresh piece that is frozen- ready to use) and scallions. Flavor profiles which pair well with cucumbers are cilantro, mint, tomatoes, and green onions.

Getting more plant based fresh seasonal foods in the diet is supported by the EAT Planetary Health Plate. I hope you enjoy this light, seasonal salad!

Cucumber Ribbin Salad

Cucumber Ribbon Salad & Ginger-Scallion Dressing

The Biome Kitchen Garden Cucumbers make up the base of this Mediterranean inspired salad. Dressed with an olive oil based ginger-scallion dressing.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: gluten-free, plant-forward, vegetarian
Servings: 2 salads


  • Large salad bowl, small mixing bowl, knife, cutting board, ginger grater, small whisk


  • 2 whole garden variety cucumbers peel the cucumber flesh into ribbons
  • 12 pitted black olives
  • 1 med/large tomato diced
  • 5 oz feta cheese cubed
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro or basil or mint finely minced

Ginger -Scallion Dressing

  • 3 Tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 Tbsp champagne or rice or white balsamic vinegar balsamic ( red )works too!
  • 1/2 thumb fresh ginger finely grated
  • 2 whole green onions/ scallions white & green parts, chopped


Assemble the Cucumber Salad

  • Peel the cucumbers and discard the rind.
    Garden Cucumbers
  • Using a peeler- slice the cucumber into ribbons- discarding the seeds.
    Cucumber Ribbons
  • Add the feta-cubed.
    Feta Cheese
  • Add black kalamata olives and fresh cilantro or basil or mint!
    Fresh Cilantro
  • Add a chopped garden tomato.

Ginger-Scallion Dressing

  • Chop the 2 scallions- using both the green and white parts.
    Chopped Scallions
  • Grate about a 1/2 thumbs size of ginger (2Tbsp)
    Grated Ginger
  • Pour the olive oil into a small bowl. Add the vinegar, ginger and scallions . Mix with a whisk.
    Salad dressing
  • Dress the salad just before serving!
    Cucumber Ribbin Salad


This recipe is influenced by the Mediterranean Diet. You can really use any summer veggie in here. If you don’t have a specific ingredient- no worries. The dressing can be an herbal vinaigrette or a mustard based salad dressing or simply a spritz of lemon! 
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