Best Greek Salad

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5 from 10 votes

If you want a big, classic Greek salad, this recipe is for you! A bunch of Mediterranean veggies, olives, and feta tossed with lettuce and a simple lemony dressing, this Greek salad is a perfect side salad or full meal with a protein.

Although an authentic Horiatiki (aka Greek Village Salad) doesn’t include lettuce, sometimes you just want a Greek salad with an American flare…AKA a Greek salad with crunchy lettuce! Whether you’re looking for a delicious side salad or a big salad to have for lunch or dinner with a protein, you’ve found the recipe.

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Greek Salad Ingredients

  • Romaine (or other crunchy lettuce like green leaf) – romaine lettuce is extra crunchy but usually requires washing and tearing/chopping leaves. Green leaf lettuce is a great substitute, typically requiring less work!
  • Cherry or grape tomatoes – juicy tomatoes add bursts of tart sweetness.  
  • English cucumber – cucumbers add crunch. English cucumbers are extra crunchy.
  • Small red onion – red onion adds crunch and flavor. I use a mandolin for extra thin slices.
  • Kalamata olives – kalamata olives are traditional in Greek salad. You can buy pre-sliced olives to cut back on time slicing.
  • Pepperoncini – pepperoncini are pickled Italian peppers that are a bit spicy.
  • Feta – Greek salad and feta are synonymous!
  • Extra virgin olive oil – olive oil adds flavor and helps create a dressing.
  • Garlic – garlic…because garlic!
  • Lemon – lemon creates the perfect simple Greek salad dressing.
  • Dried oregano (optional) – oregano adds a touch of aromatics and is traditional in Greek salad. If you aren’t an oregano fan, you can leave it out!
Greek salad recipe ingredients

Greek Salad Dressing

This Greek salad recipe includes a simple dressing made from 3 ingredients (and an optional fourth). All you need to do is whisk together extra virgin olive oil, fresh garlic, lemon, and dried oregano (optional).

It’s a light, easy, refreshing dressing that will bring your Greek salad to life!

How to Make Greek Salad

Full instructions in the recipe card; this is just an outline!

  1. Add.

    Add lettuce, then tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, olives, pepperoncini, and feta to a salad bowl.
    Add all ingredients but the dressing to a big salad bowl.

  2. Whisk.

    In another bowl, whisk together olive oil, garlic, lemon, oregano, and salt and pepper.

  3. Toss.

    Pour dressing into the salad. Toss.

Greek Salad Serving Suggestions

This Greek salad is a great side dish or main dish with the addition of a protein or other fun additions. Here are some ideas to turn this salad into a full meal. Add:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do you store Greek salad?

Store leftover Greek salad (that’s dressed) in a covered container in the fridge for up to 24 hours. If your leftover salad is not dressed (recommended), store in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Can you make Greek salad ahead?

Yes, you can! Assemble Greek salad in a big salad bowl, cover, and store in the fridge for 3-4 days. Keep dressing in a separate bowl in the refrigerator. Dress salad right before serving.

Is this Greek salad authentic?

An authentic Greek salad typically does not have lettuce. I like to call this Greek salad an American Greek salad since it includes lettuce!

Is Greek salad healthy?

This Greek salad recipe is healthy, with tons of veggies and a simple dressing using extra virgin olive oil. You can even use low-fat feta if preferred! Feel free to top with a lean protein for a complete, balanced meal. Of course, this Website is not intended as a source of nutritional advice.

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Best Greek Salad

If you want a big, classic Greek salad, this recipe is for you! A bunch of Mediterranean veggies, olives, and feta tossed with lettuce and a simple lemony dressing, this Greek salad is a perfect side salad or full meal with a protein.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: summer
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 451kcal
Author: Tastefully Grace

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces romaine or other crunchy lettuce like green leaf
  • 12 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes halved
  • 1 English cucumber cut into half moons
  • 1 small red onion very thinly sliced
  • 1 cup pitted kalamata olives drained and halved
  • 1 cup sliced pepperoncini drained
  • 6 ounces crumbled feta
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves minced
  • 1 juicy lemon juiced
  • ½ tablespoon dried oregano optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a large salad bowl, add lettuce, then tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, olives, pepperoncini, and feta.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together olive oil, garlic, lemon, oregano (optional), and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Pour dressing into the salad and toss.

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Notes

  • Not every lemon is created equal, so adjust dressing for flavor as needed!
  • For a complete meal, add a protein. Ideas in the blog post above.
  • I use a mandolin for extra thin onion slices.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 451kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 925mg | Potassium: 707mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 8450IU | Vitamin C: 60mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 2mg
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