Greek Salad with Homemade Dressing
Crunchy and fresh Greek salad made with lots of veggies, creamy feta cheese, and the most refreshing homemade Greek salad dressing.
This is such a classic recipe that can be served pretty much with everything. I love pairing it with Pan-Roasted Swordfish, Citrus Salmon, or Baked Lemon Thyme Chicken.
The Best Greek Salad recipe
What is your favorite salad? I am a Greek Salad girl at heart. Every time we are dining out I have a hard time deciding between a good Caesar salad or Greek salad. I enjoy them both, but this salad is my absolute favorite. It is just so refreshing that it is impossible to resist.
This recipe is so easy and simple that anyone can make at home. Also, it is very forgiving, and you really can’t mess it up. I also like that its highly customizable, and you can add your favorite veggies or skip the ones that you dislike.
Not only is this salad so healthy and delicious, but also budget-friendly. In this recipe, I included the most delicious homemade dressing that complements it perfectly. The salad is so hearty that you can eat a large bowl for a meal. It’s also the perfect side dish or appetizer, and it pairs well with poultry and fish.
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What is in a traditional Greek Salad?
It is a hearty recipe made with tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, sliced red onion, Kalamata olives, and feta cheese. You can also add some other veggies such as avocado to it. The dish is then topped with a dressing made with dried oregano, salt, olive oil, and red wine vinegar.
Is there lettuce in a traditional Greek Salad?
A true traditional Greek Salad does not have lettuce or any other leafy green. I personally like adding iceberg lettuce to mine, but you can skip it.
Also, if you want to go all by the book, then do not mix the salad before it is served. Similarly, the feta cheese should not be cubed or crumbled but should be served in a large piece on top of the salad.
Greek Salad Ingredients
- Roma Tomatoes (grape tomatoes are delicious too)
- Capers (this is optional and can be skipped if not a fan)
- Red Onion
- Bell Pepper
- Kalamata or Black Olives
- Avocado (optional as well)
- Feta Cheese
- Fresh parsley
How to make Greek Salad?
This recipe is super simple. Once you have all the ingredients chopped and ready, you are pretty much done.
- In a large bowl, stir together the salad ingredients. Then, gently fold in feta.
- In a separate bowl, prepare the dressing, by whisking together the dressing ingredients.
- Season with salt and pepper, and drizzle the dressing over the salad.
- Serve immediately!
How to make Greek Salad Dressing?
The Greek Salad Dressing is very easy to make, it includes: dried oregano, good extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, fresh lemon juice, salt, pepper and if you like garlic you can include one or two gloves of minced garlic.
Simply, combine them together, and whisk well.
How long does Greek Salad last?
It depends on how fresh the ingredients were, to begin with, and how much time the salad spent at room temperature. Let’s say if the salad was on the kitchen counter for over 4-6 hours and the room was warm, I would say to not refrigerate it. Instead, it would be best to simply throw it away.
However, if you just chopped the ingredients and added them to a bowl to mix later, properly stored, the salad can stay in the fridge for 2-4 days. Assuming all the ingredients are very fresh. Also, if you added dressing to the salad, I would say it should be consumed with 2 days. Keep in mind, that while the salad will be safe to consume, the texture will be different.
How many calories in a Greek Salad?
Greek Salad is always my healthy choice. It has lots of fresh vegetables and light dressing. That is why this salad in my recipe doesn’t have many calories. One portion of salad has less than 400 calories. Pay attention to the Greek salad served in restaurants, they usually have quite a fat dressing and are packed with feta cheese, so a portion has around 800-1000 calories.
How long does the dressing last in the fridge?
If properly stored in an airtight container, the salad dressing can be refrigerated for about 2 weeks.
Best Greek Salad Recipe Tips:
- This recipe is very versatile and can be made with various other ingredients. Feel free to use other greens instead of lettuce. Also, you can add avocado or even bacon to it!
- If you’re sensitive to raw red onion, you can skip it altogether. Or, you could soak the slices in cold water for 10 to 15 minutes, then drain and pat dry. This helps tame the spice.
- Black olives can be swapped with green olives.
Crunchy and fresh Greek salad made with lots of veggies, creamy feta cheese and the most refreshing homemade Greek salad dressing.
- 6 cups iceberg or butter lettuce chopped (optional)
- 1 tablespoon capers
- 1 large cucumber chopped
- 1 medium red onion thinly sliced
- 4 medium tomatoes sliced
- 1 green bell pepper cored and sliced
- 8 oz Greek feta cheese cubed
- 1 cup Greek Kalamata olives pitted
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 garlic cloves minced (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper optional
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Prepare all the veggies by washing and chopping them.
Chop the lettuce (if using) and add it to a large bowl, add the capers as well.
Slice the tomatoes into wedges and the cucumber into thicker rondelles. Add to the salad bowl.
Cut the red onion in half, and thinly slice. Add to the salad bowl.
Cut the bell pepper in half (if using), and thinly slice it. Add to the salad bowl.
Cut the feta cheese into small cubes and add to the salad bowl.
Add the pitted kalamata olives and parsley to the bowl.
Mix all the Salad Dressing ingredients in a medium bowl. Whisk to combine.
Pour Salad Dressing over the salad and serve immediately.
Yummmmmm. This looks so good-I want to make it soon! I love a good greek salad.
This looks really good, and I’m trying to think of salad ideas right now so perfect timing!
I will have to give this one a try for sure.
Yum! Feta cheese is like my lifeblood LOL. This sounds nice and fresh for summer.
Rose Ann Sales
I have never tried to make a Greek salad but it looks so good and tasty. I will definitely try to make this for my parents and also for my tummy!
We try to eat more healthy food here, I love salad and I enjoy trying out new recipes. This looks so good. I think this will be a hit here.
This looks really fresh and delicious. It is nice to have a go to dressing that isn’t cream based.
Lisa Marie Heath
This sounds so good right now! I absolutely LOVE Greek Salad! I might have to make this for lunch today.
Oh this looks amazing. I buy it a lot when I’m out, but don’t make it at home. It looks so easy!
I think I might try it without the lettuce. I have never eaten a Greek salad, so this will be a new experience.
I have never attempted a Greek salad myself. This looks so easy and tasty!
I love a good salad especially for either lunch or afternoon snack. And this is literally making me drool. Thank you for the recipe.
Greek salad is my absolute favorite, and this is a most excellent dressing! Thank you!
This is a really good dressing! I added a teaspoon of mustard and ran out of red wine vinegar so I used champagne vinegar. It was delicious!!