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This Greek salad is brimming with flavor – loaded with delicious fresh vegetables, olives, chickpeas, and feta cheese tossed in a light and refreshing greek salad dressing.
Greek salad or Khoriatiki salad is a salad in the Mediterranean cuisine. It’s a well-known classic salad which is common not only in Greece but also in the Mediterranean region. Greek salad is made with pieces of tomatoes, red bell pepper, sliced cucumbers, onion, chickpeas, feta cheese, and olives, typically seasoned with salt and oregano, and dressed with olive oil and vinegar.
If you are looking for a quick and light side dish that everyone will love, make this Greek Salad. I make it for every potluck during the summer and everyone raves about it. It tastes amazing with fresh juicy tomatoes and cucumbers from the garden. It’s so light and refreshing. I grew up with Mediterranean cuisine and we used to eat this salad every single day in the summer – lunch, and dinner!
The Ultimate Greek Salad Recipe
It’s very easy to make this light and refreshing salad – it takes only about 15 minutes to chop the vegetables and toss them in a bowl with a light dressing. The hardest part about this salad is going to be getting the groceries. Scratch that, that’s not hard. Okay, the most time-consuming part of the salad assembly is going to be the chopping of the vegetables. I usually chop the tomatoes (you can use different varieties of tomatoes to add more color, texture and flavors) and bell pepper in bite-sized pieces, half the cucumber lengthwise and slice it, and thinly slice the onion.
Because red onions can be quite sharp in flavor, some people recommend to soak them in vinegar or lemon juice for several minutes before adding them to the salad. I like their taste the way they are but if you prefer you can soak them first.
A Greek salad wouldn’t be Greek without the olives and feta cheese. While most Greek salads call for Kalamata olives, you can also use black olives if that is your preference. I also like to use Bulgarian feta cheese because I find it’s creamier and tastier. But you can choose a feta cheese from any country if you like one better than the other.
Greek Salad Dressing
I love that this Greek Salad dressing is so simple to make yet it packs so much flavor! You don’t need fancy, hard to find ingredients for the dressing – just olive oil, red wine vinegar, parsley, oregano, salt and black pepper. Ingredients that you usually have on hand. I use this simple salad dressing as a go-to dressing on a lot of other salads as well.
What To Serve With This Greek Salad
This salad goes wonderfully with roasted or grilled chicken, and even with baked salmon. You can even serve it as a main course if you add grilled chicken or salmon on top, or as a side dish to the recipes below:
How To Make The Best Greek Salad
Best Greek Salad
- 2 large tomatoes, , cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 red bell pepper, , cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 long English cucumber (or 2 medium garden cucumbers), , quartered lengthwise and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 medium red onion, , thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup black pitted olives, , halved lengthwise
- 1/2 cup chickpeas
- 1/2 cup Greek feta cheese, , cubed
- Place the tomatoes, bell pepper, cucumber, onion, olives and chickpeas in a salad bowl and toss gently to combine.
- Combine the salt, black pepper, olive oil, vinegar, oregano, and parsley in a small bowl, and mix. Pour the Greek dressing over the salad, add the cubed feta cheese and toss gently to combine.
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