Greek Salad Recipe (VIDEO)
Fresh Greek Salad is a must-try and one of the healthiest salad recipes! It comes together fast and is loaded with cucumber, tomato, and avocado, with tangy bites of olives and feta cheese. You will fall in love with the homemade Greek salad dressing.
I could eat this salad as a stand-alone meal paired with some fluffy and crisp Focaccia Bread. Sometimes we add gyro meat or grilled chicken if serving it as a dinner salad.
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One of my readers, Ella Z. shared this recipe with us years ago and I’m so glad she did. Here is her story of how this Greek Salad was born is: “The person that taught us this recipe was here on a visit from Israel, we kept cooking different kinds of dishes and he said “please stop cooking for me and take me to the market” lol He bought all these ingredients and made this salad and we have never been the same since!”
Greek Salad Video Tutorial
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Greek Salad Ingredients
Greek Salad is basically a Mediterranean salad. It’s naturally gluten-free (although I’ve been known to sprinkle in some crunchy croutons) and typically combines fresh ingredients like crisp cucumbers, tomatoes, sweet bell peppers, red onion, kalamata olives (or black olives), and feta cheese.
The simple lemon, olive oil, and garlic dressing make every bite memorable. This salad is a staple not only in Greece but throughout the Mediterranean region.
Pro Tip: Buy kalamata olives that are already pitted for easier salad prep. Sometimes you can even buy them pre-sliced.
Greek Salad Dressing
The Greek salad dressing is so easy and flavorful – you will want it on all of your salads! You might recognize it from some of our most popular recipes like Chicken Avocado Salad, this Cucumber Avocado Salad, or healthy Tuna Salad. The ingredients for Mediterranean dressing are so simple but each ingredient is important so be sure to use:
- Freshly squeezed lemon juice (not from concentrate)
- A good extra virgin olive oil
- Fresh garlic (not powder or pre-chopped garlic)
How to Make Greek Salad
For gatherings or dinner parties, I arrange all of the salad ingredients on the platter for a beautiful presentation then add dressing and toss it all together just before serving.
- Prep Lettuce: Chop, rinse and spin dry lettuce and arrange over the bottom of a salad bowl.
- Prep Veggies: Chop and arrange the remaining ingredients (avocado, tomatoes, olives, bell peppers, onion, and cucumbers) over the salad, then sprinkle on Feta Cheese.
- Make the Greek Salad Dressing: shake all of the dressing ingredients together in a mason jar. Just before serving, drizzle over the salad to taste and toss to combine.
You can use just about any feta for this salad and it will be tasty. We prefer block-style feta cheese like the one we used for Feta Pasta. Also, look for feta made of sheep’s milk which is creamier with a lighter taste.
The fastest way is to break it up with your hands into small pieces. It literally takes seconds to crumble feta. If you want to keep your hands clean, you can cut them up with a knife or use a fork.
Yes, you can omit the lettuce, but we love Greek salad with lettuce because it bulks up the salad to feed a crowd. If omitting lettuce, be sure to add more of the other fresh ingredients.
Make-Ahead Salad Tips
Whether you are assembling this Greek salad for meal prep, to-go lunches, or planning for a party, these tips will keep your green salads vibrant and fresh:
- For crisp lettuce, rinse your romaine lettuce in cold water, then use a salad spinner to dry completely. Refrigerate until ready to use.
- Prep and refrigerate most of your salad 3-5 days in advance except for tomatoes and avocados which are best added fresh.
- Add dressing just before serving. The salt in the dressing can cause the salad to wilt.
Our Favorite Greek Recipes
If you love fresh Mediterranean flavors, these are a must-try!
- Baked Feta Pasta – such a versatile dish
- Tzatziki Sauce – so good with chicken
- Chickpea Salad – loaded with avocado and fresh dressing
- Tomato Cucumber Feta Salad – easy and excellent
- Baklava – a classic Greek dessert
- Arugula Salad with Berries and balsamic glaze
Greek Salad Recipe with Lemon Dressing
Greek Salad Ingredients:
- 1 romaine lettuce head, chopped
- 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
- 1/2 bell pepper, (any color), chopped
- 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved (or slice heirlooms when in season)
- 1 English cucumber, sliced
- 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
- 1/2 cup kalamata olives, sliced into thirds
- 4 oz feta cheese, crumbled
- Rinse, chop and spin dry romaine lettuce and transfer to a large salad bowl.
- Add remaining salad ingredients to the bowl: sliced red onion, sliced bell peppers, halved tomatoes, diced cucumber, diced avocado, kalamata olives, and feta cheese.
- Combine all Greek dressing ingredients in a mason jar and shake to combine. Just before serving, drizzle dressing over the salad to taste and toss to combine.