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Best Traditional Greek Salad Recipe

A delicious traditional Greek salad with homemade Greek dressing that is fresh and crisp – it is the perfect addition to any meal, or can be enjoyed on it’s own!

When I was pregnant I craved authentic Greek salad as part of my daily meal routine…it was a good problem to have, I mean I could’ve been craving chocolate or fried foods. It did mean that I had to have ALL of the salad ingredients on hand at all times, but it is such an easy salad to make so I didn’t mind.

White bowl filled with Greek salad on marble countertop with wooden utensils.

Salad Ingredients

Wooden cutting board with chopped onions, cucumber and tomatoes for salad.

Frequently asked questions

While making a classic Greek salad is as easy as can be, there are still a few things people have asked.

What dressing do you use for Greek Salad?

Besides what goes into the salad itself, the dressing you use is the next important addition! You can make my homemade Greek salad dressing which only needs a handful of pantry ingredients to whip up. Or, you can choose to use a store-bought version that you love instead if that’s easier.

How do you keep Greek Salad from getting soggy?

As with any salad, you want to dress it right before serving in order to prevent it from getting soggy. The longer the dressing sits on the lettuce and vegetables, the more wilted it will become. This is also why leftovers are not a good idea – unless the lettuce is undressed.

How do you cut an onion for Greek salad?

You want to cut the onion into thin slices that are then halved. There is nothing worse than biting into a giant chunk of onion with your salad. Alternatively, you can do a smaller dice of the red onion.

Can I add protein to my salad?

Yes! I love a grilled chicken breast with this salad when having it as my main meal. You can also add grilled salmon or even lamb kebab for a delicious dinner idea.

Dishes that pair well with a Greek salad

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Yield: 4

Best Traditional Greek Salad Recipe

White bowl filled with Greek salad on marble countertop with wooden utensils.

A traditional Greek salad that can be enjoyed as part of any weeknight meal!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 head iceberg lettuce
  • ½ large English cucumber
  • ½ large red onion
  • 2 tomatoes on the vine (can use cherry or grape tomatoes instead)
  • 1 cup pitted Kalamata olives
  • ⅓ cup feta cheese

Instructions

    Thoroughly wash and dry lettuce - I prefer to use a salad spinner but you can also lay it out on paper towels. Rough chop the iceberg lettuce and put half into a large bowl,

    Cut tomatoes into 1/2" pieces, cut cucumber into half moon slices and thinly slice red onions.

    Roughly chop the black olives.

    Add half of the tomatoes, cucumber, onions and olives on top of the chopped lettuce and drizzle with salad dressing. Gently toss. Then add remaining lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, onions and olives to the bowl. Drizzle with more dressing and toss to combine.

    Crumble feta cheese over top of the prepared salad and serve.



Notes

By mixing the salad in layers you ensure that the toppings and dressing are mixed evenly throughout.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

2 cups

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 137Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 336mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 4g

*Please note that nutritional values are not always 100% accurate and are to be used as a guide.

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