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Easy Greek Salad

Easy Greek Salad

This easy and delicious Greek Salad recipe is our new favorite this week. This refreshing and bountiful salad takes just a few minutes to prep and is a great accompaniment for most main courses. It is also great for vegans, pescatarians, and meat or seafood lovers.

A good and healthy salad needs fresh ingredients. Greek salads, in general, are great with most types of meals. Because most of the ingredients are available year-round, there’s no reason not to make it whenever you want. It is also great for family gatherings and even for one serving if you live alone.

One of the best things about this salad is eating it with or without a vinaigrette. It is juicy and refreshing—one of the best ways to keep hydrated during the summer. Eating plenty of vegetables and fruits will help you stay healthy.

A Symphony of Flavors and Textures

The beauty of the Greek salad lies in its simplicity. Fresh, seasonal ingredients are chopped into bite-sized pieces, tossed with vibrant olive oil and lemon juice dressing, and crowned with crumbles of salty feta. Every forkful offers a delightful contrast: the coolness of cucumber against the juicy pop of tomato, the sharp bite of red onion tamed by the creamy richness of feta, and the salty pop of Kalamata olives adding a depth of flavor.

Easy Greek Salad
Easy Greek Salad

How to make this easy Greek Salad

A Greek Salad recipe is quick and simple. This salad is traditional, nothing spectacular. Chop, slice, or cut the ingredients and toss with a homemade salad dressing or store-bought. This classic combination consists of the following ingredients:

  • Tomatoes: buy either cherry tomatoes or regular tomatoes. If you buy juicy tomatoes, remember that the salad will be watery. You can either slice the cherry tomatoes or leave them whole if they are not too large.
  • Green bell pepper: this crunchy vegetable is perfect for this salad. Remove the seed and core and slice into bite-size pieces.
  • Radish: either slice into a round or half-moon shape.
  • Cucumber: I usually buy English cucumbers or mini cucumbers. The seeds in the English cucumber are more edible and better from the presentation of this salad.
  • Red onion: color and flavor. Red onion adds tons of flavor to most salads.
  • Kalamata olives: tangy, with a hint of saltiness, the perfect combination of flavors for the feta cheese.
  • Green onions: for extra onion flavor. I like the taste of cucumber with scallions.
  • Feta cheese: creamy, salty, and extra delicious, a must for Greek salad.
Easy Greek Salad
Easy Greek Salad

The salad is completed with a touch of mint leaves—just enough to make it look delicious and healthy.

Traditional Greek salad recipes do not contain radish. I decided to add the radishes because I like the crunchiness and fresh taste they give the salad. Kalamata olives are my favorite olives. I also like green olives, which are cheaper, but if you can buy Kalamata olives, it is worth it!

Slice all the veggies into bite-sized pieces. This will make them easier to toss with the vinaigrette or salad dressing.

Greek Salad Dressing

We all love a good salad dressing. This type of salad doesn’t need any gourmet or special dressing. I love this homemade lemon dressing. It’s super easy and adds a lot of flavors to the salad. You can also make your own Greek salad dressing by mixing the following 5 ingredients.

  • olive oil
  • red wine vinegar, champagne vinegar, or low-sodium rice vinegar
  • Dijon mustard
  • crushed fresh garlic
  • dried oregano.

Recipe for Greek Salad Dressing

Mix everything in a jar or whisk in a bowl, and you have a delicious and easy salad dressing. Toss the salad with the dressing, and you’re ready to enjoy a refreshing and flavorful greek salad.

Beyond the Basics

While the core ingredients are what make a Greek salad a Greek salad, there’s room for some creativity. Feel free to:

  • Add bell peppers: Red, yellow, or orange peppers add a pop of color and sweetness.
  • Incorporate capers: These tiny pickled buds offer a delightful salty and tangy surprise.
  • Throw in some fresh herbs: Mint, parsley, or dill can add a refreshing touch.
  • Use a different cheese: Goat cheese or a crumbled cheese blend can be a tasty substitute for feta.
Easy Greek Salad
Easy Greek Salad

The Perfect Summer Side (or Light Meal!)

The beauty of the Greek salad lies in its versatility. It’s a perfect accompaniment to grilled meats, fish, or chicken, but it can also stand alone as a light lunch or refreshing summer dinner.

So next time you’re looking for a healthy and delicious meal that’s bursting with flavor, whip up a Greek salad. With its simple ingredients and endless variations, it’s a dish that will keep you coming back for more.

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Easy Greek Salad

Easy Greek Salad Recipe

This easy and delicious Greek Salad recipe is our new favorite salad dish. This refreshing and bountiful salad takes just a few minutes to prep, and it is a great accompaniment for most main courses.
4.60 from 5 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Recipe Index
Cuisine Greek
Servings 4
Calories 146 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 large cucumber diced
  • 1- pint grape tomatoes halved or Campari tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • 4 radishes sliced
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives halved
  • 4 ounces feta cheese crumbled
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Make the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, oregano, mustard, salt, and crushed pepper.
  • In a large bowl, place the tomatoes, cucumber, green pepper, radishes, green onions, red onions, olives, and feta cheese. Drizzle with the dressing and very gently toss. Add a few mint leaves to top before serving. Season to taste and serve.

Notes

Use fresh ingredients
You may want to remove the seeds from the juicy tomatoes.

Nutrition

Calories: 146kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 6gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 590mgPotassium: 513mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 1421IUVitamin C: 45mgCalcium: 184mgIron: 1mg

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

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Corn Allergy:

Always choose ingredients without corn or corn derivatives.

Originally published April 9, 2021. Revised and updated.

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