A Traditional Greek Salad Recipe

by Cookie
A traditional Greek salad recipe

Last Updated on September 16, 2020 by YourFoodBuddy

Greek Salad is our family’s all-time favorite salad. Loaded with fresh veggies, salty/creamy feta cheese, Kalamata olives and all these ingredients coated in a simple lemon-herb vinaigrette sauce. 

A table won’t be complete if there isn’t at least one kind of salad. In my family, it is already a tradition to serve the main cause with a fresh veggie salad. Either a spinach salad, arugula, tomatoes with avocado, or this fabulous Greek salad – all of them are tasty and flavorful to enjoy.

Feta and fresh veggies – a simple but unbelievable combination that bursts in your mouth with aromas. I am a Greek salad fan, especially in summer when tomatoes are ripped and sweet mixed with bell pepper, some red onion, and cucumbers. A simple lemon-oil-vinegar dressing and you can serve one of the best Greece salads. 

A Traditional Greek Salad Recipe

This Mediterranean easy to make salad is very healthy, refreshing, loaded with fresh veggies, and an aromatic dressing. 

I love Greece and its amazing beaches with one of the best turquoise-colored sea. This view is so peaceful and calming that you can’t stop watching it. Nothing of this would be complete, without a traditional Greek salad. Everything in unison creates an image to never be forgotten. 

Fresh and colorful Greek salad is a must-try! This salad will complete one of the following main courses:

Roasted Rabbit

Keto Chicken Breasts

Cheesy Chicken Fritters 

Creamy Baked Sea Bream

Speaking about fish that I simply adore especially in Greece that is so fresh and soft served with Greek salad is something I always scream for. Truly delicious and ultra-healthy.

Is Greek salad healthy?

Any fresh salad made of qualitative ingredients would be healthy and must-eat. Greek salad is not an exception as it is a very healthy, nutritional, packed with Vitamins, iron, potassium salad. This salad contains antioxidants and phytonutrients that are so beneficial for our health and immune system. 

Eating salads is a good and healthy habit!

Does Greek salad contain lettuce?

A traditional Greek salad is made solely of fresh veggies, olives, and feta cheese. No lettuce or any other green leaves is added to the Greek salad. However, this Mediterranean salad became so versatile that you may find in some restaurants another version of Greek salad made of lettuce or other green leaves. But, keep in mind that the traditional Greek salad is made without lettuce.

Also, the authentic Greek salad is made of a large piece of feta cheese topped over the veggies, rather cut in cubes. 

A traditional Greek salad recipe

How to make the traditional Greek salad?

A traditional Greek salad is made of fresh, ripped cheery tomatoes, cucumbers,1 bell pepper, Kalamata olives, and a creamy/salty feta cheese all coated in a simple olive/red wine vinegar dressing. Feta cheese makes a fabulous addition to any salads, or sandwiches, or as a simple garniture. 

The ingredients: 

  • Ripe and sweet cherry tomatoes. Here you can add as much as you plan to make the salad. In case you a partying add more cherries. I adore colourful cherries as they are sweeter and less watery.
  • 2-3 cucumbers. Feel free to peel off the skin to avoid the bitter taste. 
  • 1 bell pepper. Here you can add any colourful bell peppers you have.
  • 1 medium red onion 
  • 1 pack of feta cheese
  • Some Kalamata olives
  • 2 tbsp of the best aromatic oregano
  • Seasoning
  • Extra-virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar for the dressing

So let’s start assembling one of the simplest but healthiest salads. 

  1. Wash all the veggies and wipe with a kitchen towel. Cut halves the tomatoes, chop 1 red onion, cut the cucumbers and bell pepper and arrange nicely on a plate.
  2. Sprinkle over the veggies the feta cheese. 
  3. Garnish with a lot of oregano, salt, and herbs.
  4. Make the simple dressing. Pour your best extra virgin olive oil with some drop of red wine vinegar. Toss all the ingredients in the dressing and add the kalamata olives. 
  5. For note: I have drizzled some Balsamic glaze as I like it combined with fresh veggies.
  6. Additionally, you can add some basil leaves. 

A traditional Greek salad recipe

Make-ahead Greek salad tips:

You can easily make this salad ahead but you should keep in mind some tips to avoid a soggy salad. 

Cut the veggies and keep in the fridge until you will serve the salad. 

Add the cheese at the time you are assembling the salad.

Make the dressing ahead but pour at the time you are serving it. 

In case you have some leftover simply throw it to the garbage bin to avoid eating an untasty salad.

A Traditional Greek Salad Recipe

A Traditional Greek Salad Recipe

Cookie
Greek Salad is our family’s all-time favourite salad. Loaded with fresh veggies, salty/creamy feta, Kalamata olives and all these ingredients coated in a simple lemon-herb vinaigrette sauce.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 3
Calories 384 kcal

Equipment

  • Bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 15 cheery tomatoes
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 pack Feta cheese
  • 1 red onion
  • Kalamata olives
  • 2 tbsp oregano
  • seasoning

For the dressing:

  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Instructions
 

  • Cut halves the tomatoes, chop 1 red onion, cut the cucumbers and bell pepper and arrange nicely on a plate.
  • Sprinkle over the veggies the feta cheese.
  • Garnish with a lot of oregano, salt, and herbs.
  • Make the simple dressing. Pour your best extra virgin olive oil with some drop of red wine vinegar. Toss all the ingredients in the dressing and add the kalamata olives.
  • Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 384kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 13gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 849mgPotassium: 498mgFiber: 4gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 1761IUVitamin C: 60mgCalcium: 461mgIron: 2mg
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