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Classic Greek Salad, or Summer Salad, The Perfect BBQ or Picnic Side Dish

Introducing the Greek Salad, a traditional and healthy recipe that’s a must-try for your next family dinner or weeknight meal.

This easy recipe, often referred to as a “5 ingredient salad,” is not only a delightful vegetarian dish but also caters to those looking for low carb and keto options.

Featuring a vibrant mix of cucumber, grape tomatoes, red onion, Kalamata olives, and feta cheese, this Greek Salad is the epitome of a summer meal, perfect for a potluck, BBQ, or as a quick and easy recipe for busy schedules.

A vibrant and fresh Greek Salad served on a white plate, showcasing layers of chopped cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, red onions, black Kalamata olives, and sprinkled with generous chunks of feta cheese.

Why Greek Salad is a “Must-Try”

The Greek Salad stands out as a favorite vegetable medley, offering a blend of flavors and textures that are both refreshing and satisfying.

Here’s why it’s a great choice:

  • Only 5 Ingredients: Simple yet delicious, made with minimal ingredients for maximum flavor.
  • Low Carb and Keto: A healthy meal that fits perfectly into a keto meal plan.
  • Budget Recipe: Economical ingredients make it a budget-friendly option.
  • Minimal Prep Time: Quick and easy to prepare, making it ideal for a healthy side during busy days.
  • Versatile: Serves as a fantastic vegetarian recipe, and with a few adjustments, can be a vegan side dish.
A close-up of a Greek Salad in a glass bowl, highlighting the rich colors and textures of sliced cucumbers, juicy red tomatoes, thinly sliced red onions, shiny Kalamata olives, and white feta cheese, all tossed together and seasoned with herbs.

Greek Salad Ingredients

(See the recipe card below for full ingredient list with quantities & instructions)

For the Salad

  • Cucumber: Fresh and crunchy, cucumbers form the refreshing base of the salad.
  • Grape Tomatoes: Sweet and juicy, they add a vibrant pop of color and flavor.
  • Red Onion: Thinly sliced for a sharp, yet sweet addition.
  • Kalamata Olives: These Greek olives bring a unique, briny depth to the dish.
  • Feta Cheese: Crumbly and tangy, feta adds a creamy texture and rich flavor.
  • Seasonings: Salt and pepper to taste, enhancing the natural flavors of the ingredients.
A single serving of mediterranean Greek Salad on a white plate, neatly arranged with a focus on the variety of textures and colors, from the juicy tomatoes to the creamy feta.

For the Dressing:

  • Red Wine Vinegar: Adds a tangy zest, crucial for the salad’s bright flavor.
  • Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed for a zesty kick.
  • Dijon Mustard: Introduces a subtle sharpness.
  • Garlic Cloves: Finely minced for a pungent aroma and taste.
  • Dried Oregano: A staple in Greek cuisine, it adds earthy notes.
  • Olive Oil: Rich and smooth, it binds the dressing together harmoniously.
Overhead shot of a large serving platter filled with Greek Salad, highlighting the colorful arrangement of ingredients, perfect for a family gathering or potluck.

Greek Salad Instructions

  1. Preparation: Begin by chopping the cucumber, grape tomatoes, and red onion. Crumble the feta cheese.
  2. Making the Dressing: Whisk together red wine vinegar, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, minced garlic cloves, dried oregano, and olive oil to create the homemade salad dressing.
  3. Combining the Salad: In a large bowl, mix the chopped vegetables with Kalamata olives. Toss with the dressing and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Serving: Garnish with crumbled feta cheese and serve as a refreshing side dish.
A vibrant and fresh Greek Salad, with bright red tomatoes, crisp cucumber slices, black Kalamata olives, thinly sliced red onions, and chunks of feta cheese, all tossed in a light olive oil and herb dressing.

Perfect for Every Occasion

Whether it’s a holiday side dish, a summer meal prep, or a quick addition to your weeknight dinner, the Greek Salad is a healthy recipe that everyone will love.

Its versatility makes it suitable for both vegetarian and vegan recipes, and as a low calorie meal, it complements any diet plan, including keto.

An overhead shot of a Greek Salad in a round bowl, displaying an array of colorful ingredients: bright red tomatoes, green cucumbers, dark Kalamata olives, and white feta cheese, neatly arranged and ready to be enjoyed, with a small bowl of dressing on the side.

Storage and Serving Suggestions

  • Storage: Keep refrigerated in an airtight container. Best enjoyed within a day for maximum freshness.
  • Serving: Ideal as a side dish for family dinners, potlucks, or as part of your healthy meals lineup.
A hearty serving of Greek Salad on a white plate, highlighting the contrast of the red tomatoes and green cucumbers, dotted with purple onion slices and black olives, topped with a generous amount of crumbled feta and a drizzle of Greek dressing.

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With its explosion of flavors, these classic mediterranean salad pairs well with a variety of dishes.

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FAQ Section

Can this Greek Salad be prepared as a make-ahead dish for meal prep?

Yes, you can prepare this Greek Salad in advance, making it a convenient option for summer meal prep. However, for the best texture and freshness, it’s recommended to add the dressing and feta cheese just before serving.

Can Greek Salad Be Served as a Main Dish?

Yes, Greek Salad can be served as a main dish, especially when you add a protein source like grilled chicken, fish, or legumes. It’s a versatile dish that can be easily adjusted to suit your dietary needs and preferences.

An overhead shot of a Greek Salad in a bowl, displaying a colorful array of diced cucumbers, ripe grape tomatoes, slivers of red onion, scattered Kalamata olives, and a generous topping of feta cheese, all beautifully arranged and ready to be served.

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A colorful Greek Salad displayed in a bowl, featuring diced cucumbers, halved grape tomatoes, sliced red onions, Kalamata olives, and crumbled feta cheese, garnished with fresh herbs and drizzled with olive oil dressing.
Yield: 4 servings

Greek Salad Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Enjoy the freshness of our Greek Salad recipe, an easy and healthy choice for everyone. it's perfect for a quick, delicious meal or side dish. This salad is great for a family dinner or a picnic treat.

Ingredients

SALAD INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 large cucumber, diced
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup Kalamata olives, halved
  • 4 ounces feta cheese, cubed
  • salt and pepper, to taste

GREEK SALAD DRESSING

  • ⅓ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preparation: Begin by chopping the cucumber, grape tomatoes, and red onion. Crumble the feta cheese.
  2. Making the Dressing: Whisk together red wine vinegar, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, minced garlic cloves, dried oregano, and olive oil to create the homemade salad dressing.
  3. Combining the Salad: In a large bowl, mix the chopped vegetables with Kalamata olives. Toss with the dressing and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Serving: Garnish with crumbled feta cheese and serve as a refreshing side dish.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 68Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 350mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 2gSugar 3gProtein 1g

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