This recipe is for a traditional Greek salad that's full of fresh produce and flavors that will make you feel as if you've been transported to the Mediterranean! It's easy to make in only 15 minutes and tossed with a simple, classic Greek dressing.
About This Recipe
With bright colors and flavors, you'll love this Greek salad as a side dish or light meal. You can eat it as a stand-alone dish or pair it with a protein like chicken or fish.
The ingredients of this recipe are those of a traditional Greek salad: feta cheese, Kalamata olives, cucumbers, tomatoes, and red onion. And it's all tossed with a simple, classic Greek dressing that brings out the fresh and bright ingredients.
You'll love this recipe if you are a fan of Greek or Mediterranean flavors or if you're looking for a healthy, quick meal.
The Origins of Greek Salad
Traditional Greek salad is known for it's mix of fresh vegetables and feta cheese. Many classic Greek salads also serve the feta cheese as as slice on top, but in ours it's chopped into bite-sized cubes.
"Greek salad is often imagined as a farmer's dish," according to Wikipedia because it resemble produce that a "Greek farmer might have on hand." And the ingredients truly do taste farm-fresh — they're seasonal, bright, and crispy!
Here are a few popular substitutions and additions for this recipe:
Olives: pitted Kalamata olives work best for this recipe, but any variety of black or green olives can be substituted.
Feta: either chop your feta into ½" cubes or place a large slice on top of your finished salad (these are both popular ways to serve the salad).
Red wine vinegar: swap this out for an additional tablespoon of lemon juice if preferred.
Tips for This Recipe
How to Cut Your Vegetables: feel free to chop your vegetables large and chunky for this salad. This will give it a more rustic feel and make sure every bit gets plenty of texture.
How to Serve this Salad: after tossing the salad in the dressing, add an additional sprinkle of oregano and drizzle of olive oil on top.
Season to Taste: once you've made your salad, be sure to give it a taste and add additional seasonings, lemon, or olive oil to fit your personal preferences.
Store any leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for 4 -5 days. This recipe is also great as meal prep or to make ahead of time.