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Greek Salad

June 26, 2024

This easy Greek Salad recipe has just a few ingredients and is one of our favorite summer side dishes because it’s healthy, colorful and can be made ahead of time!

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greek salad in a serving bowl made with cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, red onion, kalamata olives and greek dressing
Photography by Gayle McLeod

We cannot get enough of this fresh, bright Greek salad recipe. It’s a Mediterranean classic head-to-toe! With just a few, fresh ingredients, this Greek salad has no lettuce or leafy greens, which means it’s a great make-ahead summer side dish that travels beautifully, like all of the best Picnic Recipes must. Simple ingredients, like crisp cucumber and juicy tomatoes, briny, tender olives and sharp slivers of onion get tossed in our tangy, herby homemade Greek salad dressing for a bowlful of healthy, fresh Mediterranean deliciousness.

cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, red onion, kalamata olives, olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar and spices in bowls

Greek Salad Ingredients

  • Cucumbers. We want you to use Persian cucumbers for this recipe because they are small, thin-skinned and not watery, so they don’t have to be peeled and seeded, like most larger cucumbers. They’re sweet and crisp, and hold up really well in this Greek salad! They’re just the best.

  • Tomatoes. For our Greek salad recipe, we are calling for two kinds of tomatoes not because we’re divas, but because we love both the tiny pop of cherry tomatoes and the lush, sweet juicyness of fresh summer tomatoes. We didn’t want to choose between them, so we opted for both! They both lend something special to the Greek salad, and come together in a really fun way that celebrates summer produce at its finest.

  • Olives. Kalamata olives are the classic olive for a Greek salad. They’re meaty and briny, and named after a city in Greece — what could be more authentic than that? Just be sure to buy pitted kalamatas.

  • Feta. Salty feta cheese is a classic component of Greek salad, and it really makes the salad a bit heartier. On a hot day, with a little extra feta in the mix, you could make this salad and call it dinner.

  • Red onion. The sharp bite of thinly sliced onions is a perfect foil for the salty, briny olives and feta, and the juicy cucumbers and tomatoes. OK we’re making ourselves hungry.

  • Bell peppers. We like to use green bell peppers for a splash of green color, but it’s OK to use whatever color you prefer, or just buy whatever looks the most fresh and crisp.

vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, mustard, salt, oregano and pepper being whisked together in a bowl
homemade greek salad dressing in a bowl made with vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, mustard, salt, oregano and pepper
greek dressing being drizzled over tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, kalamata olives and feta in a large bowl
greek salad being tossed in a glass bowl made with tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, kalamata olives and feta

How To Make Greek Salad

  1. Make Greek salad dressing! First, whisk together the vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, mustard, salt, oregano and pepper. Then, slowly whisk in the olive oil until the dressing is creamy and evenly combined. Alternatively, you could use an immersion blender to emulsify it quickly.

  2. Slice and dice! You will want your knife to be super-sharp for slicing ripe summer tomatoes on the vine. A good sharp knife will cut through a ripe tomato like butter, but a dull knife will smoosh your tomato and break your heart. When you’re slicing all of the veggies for your salad, think about what it would be like to take the perfect bite of Greek salad; ideally everything would be cut thinly enough that you could get a sliver of onion, a bit of feta, a little olive and a piece of tomato all in a single bite.

  3. Combine the veggies and Greek salad dressing in your favorite salad bowl. Toss it together gently.

  4. If you’ve got time, let the salad sit for an hour before serving. The flavors will meld and get extra yummy. If not, it’s OK to serve the salad right away.

a large bowl of greek salad surrounded by salt, pepper and greek salad dressing
greek salad in a serving bowl made with cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, red onion, kalamata olives and greek dressing

How To Store Leftover Greek Salad + Tips For Serving

  • Like all of our favorite side dishes, Greek salad is better when it sits for a bit before serving, which makes it the perfect side dish recipe for taking to cookouts, picnics, and all of your summer get togethers!

  • Store any leftover Greek salad in the fridge for up to 3 days, though it will taste best on the day it's made.

  • Serve this fresh, healthy Greek salad with a whole Mediterranean meal! We’d serve it alongside classic Greek and Mediterranean dishes, like our vibrant, easy Lemon Chicken, classic Grilled Chicken Shawarma Kebabs. Whip up Falafel for the vegetarians in the house, and all of the best Mediterranean dips: fresh Hummus, creamy Tzatziki, and Tahini Sauce.

greek salad in a serving bowl made with cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, red onion, kalamata olives and greek dressing
greek salad in a serving bowl made with cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, red onion, kalamata olives and greek dressing

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Greek Salad

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  10 min
  • Cook Time:  0 min
  • Calories: 176

Ingredients

Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice (from 2 to 3 lemons)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

Salad

  • 6 Persian cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup cored and roughly chopped vine ripened tomatoes
  • 6 ounces feta, thinly sliced
  • ½ small red onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup pitted kalamata olives

Method

  1. Make the dressing. In a medium bowl, whisk together the vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, mustard, salt, oregano and pepper. While whisking vigorously, slowly add the olive oil until the dressing is emulsified.

    vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, mustard, salt, oregano and pepper being whisked together in a bowl
  2. Place the cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, feta, onion, and olives in a large bowl. Drizzle with the dressing and toss until evenly coated.

    greek dressing being drizzled over tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, kalamata olives and feta in a large bowl
  3. To serve, divide the salad among 6 bowls.

    greek salad in a serving bowl made with cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, red onion, kalamata olives and greek dressing

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories176
  • Protein3 g
  • Carbohydrates10 g
  • Total Fat14 g
  • Dietary Fiber4 g
  • Cholesterol11 mg
  • sodium409 mg
  • Total Sugars3 g

Greek Salad

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  • Jennifer

    This salad is absolute perfection. Couldn't stop eating it and will be making it countless times.

    Thanks Jennifer, so happy you loved it!