Simple Greek Salad

This classic Greek Salad has lots of crunchy vegetables, a simple vinaigrette, and salty feta cheese. It’s fast, healthy, and makes a great side dish or light meal.

Greek salad in a blue bowl.

Recipe ingredients:

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Ingredient notes:

  • Cucumbers. If you use hothouse, Persian, or other thin-skinned cucumbers, peeling and seeding is optional.
  • Tomatoes. Substitute chopped tomatoes if you want (you’ll want about 12 ounces).
  • Bell peppers. Green bell peppers are traditional, but you can use red, yellow, or orange peppers.

Step-by-step instructions:

Seriously, the chopping and prep work is the most time-consuming part of making the salad—and it’s not even all that difficult, either. You can get it ready in just a few minutes.

  1. First, whisk the salad dressing ingredients together in a bowl, or add to a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake to combine.
    Greek salad dressing in a clear dish.
  2. In a large bowl, add the onions and cucumbers. Drizzle with dressing, toss to combine, and let marinate for 20 minutes.
    Onions and cucumbers marinating in Greek salad dressing.
  3. Add the bell pepper and tomatoes and toss to combine. Sprinkle with feta and olives and serve.

Greek salad in a blue bowl.

Recipe notes and variations:

  • Make ahead: Because this salad doesn’t have lettuce, it stays crunchy for a long time. If you want to meal-prep it, leave out the feta until the day you are going to eat it.
  • Chickpeas: For a heartier salad, add 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed, with the cucumbers and onions in step 2.
  • Avocado: Avocado makes a great addition to the rest of these ingredients. Or, if you don’t like feta, use avocado instead.
  • Fresh herbs: Mix in any fresh herbs that sound good to you such as fresh basil, mint, or oregano.
  • Honey: For a sweeter dressing, try adding a teaspoon of honey (or more to taste).

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Greek Salad

This classic Greek Salad has lots of crunchy vegetables, a simple vinaigrette, and salty feta cheese. It's fast, healthy, and makes a great side dish or light meal.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American, Greek
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 398kcal
Author: Meggan Hill

Ingredients

For the salad dressing:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt and freshly ground pepper

For the salad:

  • 1 cucumber peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and sliced into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 medium green bell pepper stemmed, seeded, and diced
  • 3/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives
  • 4 ounces feta cheese crumbled or cubed

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, and salt and pepper to taste (I like 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper).
  • To the salad dressing, and the cucumber and onion and allow to marinate for 20 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes and green bell pepper and toss to combine. Sprinkle with olives and feta cheese.

Notes

  1. Make ahead: Because this salad doesn't have lettuce, it stays crunchy for a long time. If you want to meal-prep it, leave out the feta until the day you are going to eat it.
  2. Cucumbers. If you use hothouse, Persian, or other thin-skinned cucumbers, peeling and seeding is optional.
  3. Tomatoes. Substitute chopped tomatoes if you want (you'll want about 12 ounces).
  4. Bell peppers. Green bell peppers are traditional, but you can use red, yellow, or orange peppers.
  5. Chickpeas: For a heartier salad, add 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed, with the cucumbers and onions in step 2. 
  6. Avocado: Avocado makes a great addition to the rest of these ingredients. Or, if you don't like feta, use avocado instead.
  7. Fresh herbs: Mix in any chopped fresh herbs that sound good to you such as fresh basil, mint, or oregano.
  8. Honey: For a sweeter dressing, try a teaspoon of honey (or more to taste).

Nutrition

Calories: 398kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 721mg | Potassium: 483mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1369IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 189mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Missy

    Excellent!! 5 stars

  2. Tina

    This was so good! Thanks for the idea to help me get through some of the veggies in my garden! :)5 stars

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