Fresh, crisp vegetables and a tangy dressing make the Greeks salad absolutely delicious! This salad is easy to throw together as it takes very little effort and uses ingredients you may already have on hand! This salad is light but bursting with flavor!
I know I have talked about my Greek parents, (my mother specifically) on the blog many times. Both parents were born and raised in Greece and moved to the U.S., just before I was born. At this point, they are largely American, but my mom’s cooking remains true to her roots and is and always be the inspiration behind my cooking.
I have only had the good fortune to travel to Greece once. I remember somethings, mainly the tourist attractions, the bustling city, the blazing hot sun, and the AMAZING food.
I especially loved the cafes that served a salad with every meal. The salads weren’t what we are used to here with all the greens, instead, they had simple chopped vegetables and an aromatic dressing.
I feel like I stayed pretty true to the traditional Greek salads that I tasted during my visit. This is such a great salad to eat in the warmer weather and if you like and have garden vegetables, then this is perfect for you!
What Is A Greek Salad?
At its core, a Greek salad is made with pieces of tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, onion, feta cheese, and olives. It is seasoned with oregano and dressed simply with olive oil.
From here you will find many variations on this classic. I have added the Greek flavors I love that I think do a great job enhancing the basic salad.
How To Make This Greek Salad Recipe
You are going to LOVE the simplicity of this salad, it is sure to become one of your favorite salad recipes!
In a salad bowl, combine diced green bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumber sliced red onions, kalamata olives, pepperoncini slices, feta cheese, and kalamata olives.
In a salad dressing shaker, combine the olive oil, vinegar, salt, oregano, basil, and garlic. Add salt to taste. Shake until combined.
Add dressing to the salad and gently toss to coat.
Can Greek Salad Be Made In Advance?
Yes! The beauty of this salad it that unlike salads with lettuce that will wilt if dressed too early.
The hearty vegetables can handle sitting in the dressing if made in advance!
Prepare the recipe as directed and place in the fridge until needed. Toss the salad again just before serving.
How Long Does Greek Salad Keep?
This salad makes great leftovers! If stored in an airtight container, the salad can be kept for 2-3 days without suffering any softening or wilting.
Greek Salad Tips and Suggestions
I used green peppers for this salad, but red peppers can be used instead.
I prefer to use an English cucumber because they are seedless. If you use a regular cucumber then you can seed and peel them if desired.
I used cherry tomatoes that I halved, but Roma are a great option.
If pepperoncini can be spicy, it can easily be omitted.
Cubed feta cheese works well, but crumbled feta is just fine. Greek feta is the easiest to find, but Bulgarian feta is delicious if you can find it!
I chose to use white vinegar for the dressing. Red wine vinegar works too, the truth is you can use any vinegar that you have in your pantry!
What Goes With This Greek Salad?
You can also add chicken to the salad to make this a whole meal!
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 1 cup seeded and diced cucumber
- 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
- ½ red onion, sliced
- 1 14 oz garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
- ½ cup sliced pepperoncini peppers
- ½ cup kalamata olives
- 2 oz feta cheese
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 3 tablespoons white vinegar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ teaspoon dried oregano
- ¾ teaspoon dried basil
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- In a salad bowl, combine diced green bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumber sliced red onions, kalamata olives, pepperoncini slices, feta cheese, and kalamata olives.
- In a salad dressing shaker, combine the olive oil, vinegar, salt, oregano, basil, and garlic. Add salt to taste. Shake until combined.
- Add dressing to the salad and gently toss to coat.
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Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 395Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 17gCholesterol 13mgSodium 710mgCarbohydrates 37gFiber 10gSugar 10gProtein 12g