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    This Greek salad recipe 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 (aka Mediterranean salad) in a white bowl with green towel

    If you are looking for a quick and light side dish that everyone will love, make this healthy Greek Salad recipe. I make it for every potluck during the summer and everyone raves about it. This Mediterranean salad 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!

    Easy Greek Salad with plates & forks in background

    What is Greek Salad (Horiatiki)?

    Greek salad or Horiatiki salad (also spelled Khoriatiki) is a popular 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. Traditional Greek salad is made with tomatoes, red bell pepper, sliced cucumbers, onion, feta cheese, olives, and sometimes chickpeas, typically seasoned with a simple dressing – salt, oregano, olive oil, and vinegar.

    Top shot of the best Greek Salad - horiatiki salad in a bowl

    Greek Salad Ingredients

    You need a handful of ingredients to make this easy salad recipe.

    • Tomatoes
    • Cucumbers
    • Bell pepper
    • Onion
    • Olives
    • Feta cheese
    • Chickpeas (optional)
    • Greek salad dressing

    How to Make Greek Salad

    It’s very easy to make this light, refreshing and healthy salad – it takes only about 15 minutes to chop the vegetables and toss them in a bowl with a light dressing. The most time-consuming part of the salad assembly is going to be chopping 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, halve 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.

    This 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.

    close up shot of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, olives and other ingredients in a Greek salad

    Greek Salad Dressing

    I love that this Mediterranean salad dressing is so simple to make yet it packs so much flavor! You don’t need fancy, hard to find ingredients for the Greek 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.

    traditional Greek Salad Recipe with a dressing

    Recipe FAQs

    Can I make this salad in advance

    Yes, you can make it a day or two in advance but don’t add the dressing until you are ready to serve it. Store the chopped salad ingredients and the dressing separately in the refrigerator.

    How to store this salad

    You can store the undressed chopped salad covered in the fridge for about 2 days. It will keep in the refrigerator for about day if it’s a fully dressed salad.

    Can you make it with lettuce

    Yes, you can add chopped lettuce to your salad but authentic Greek salad is not served with lettuce.

    Is this salad healthy

    Yes, this Mediterranean salad recipe is naturally healthy, gluten-free, low-carb, and keto-friendly. It’s made with whole foods and incredibly flavorful! You can also make it dairy-free if you omit the cheese. For a Paleo and Whole30 version, just omit the cheese and chickpeas.

    Greek Salad (Horiatiki) with plates and forks in the background

    Tips & Notes for the Best Greek Salad Recipe

    • To remove the sharp bite of the onions, you can soak them in vinegar or lemon juice for a few minutes before adding them to the salad
    • Don’t omit the feta and olives, they add a lot of delicious flavor to the salad.
    • I like to add chickpeas to my salad for extra texture but you can omit them as they are usually not added to the traditional recipe.
    • Use juicy tomatoes as they release their delicious sweet juices and combined with the dressing, make the salad taste amazing.
    • Don’t peel the cucumber as it helps preserve the cucumber’s crunchy texture.

    What To Serve With This Mediterranean Salad

    This easy Mediterranean 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:

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    Best Greek Salad

    This Greek salad recipe is brimming with flavor – loaded with delicious fresh vegetables, olives, chickpeas, and feta cheese tossed in a light and refreshing greek salad dressing.
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Total Time 15 minutes
    Servings 6
    Calories 182kcal

    INGREDIENTS

    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, optional
    • 1/2 cup Greek feta cheese, , cubed

    Greek Salad Dressing

    INSTRUCTIONS

    • 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.

    TIPS & NOTES

    • To remove the sharp bite of the onions, you can soak them in vinegar or lemon juice for a few minutes before adding them to the salad
    • Don’t omit the feta and olives, they add a lot of delicious flavor to the salad.
    • I like to add chickpeas to my salad for extra texture but you can omit them as they are not in traditional Greek salad.
    • Use juicy tomatoes as they release their delicious sweet juices and combined with the dressing, make the salad taste amazing.
    • Don’t peel the cucumber as it helps preserve the cucumber’s crunchy texture.
    • You can make this traditional Greek salad a day or two in advance but don’t add the dressing until you are ready to serve it. Store the chopped salad ingredients and the dressing separately in the refrigerator.

    NUTRITION

    Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 709mg | Potassium: 294mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1219IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 1mg
    Course Salad, Side Dishes
    Cuisine Mediterranean
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    April 5, 2018

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    Comments

    Jennifer S

    5 stars
    It was great! I added some leftover tortellini pasta and it was delicious!

    Jeff

    Made this last night and the family loved it!!! Big hit with the daughter who is all about fresh.
    Dressing is flavorable and does not overpower the veggies. Will make again! Thx for the receipe.

      Neli | Delicious Meets Healthy

      So glad your whole family loved the salad! 🙂

    Ana Bonnin

    Hi can your Greek salad be made the night before? Should the dressing be added right before serving or can it be added the night before and left to marinate. I am making this salad for 40 guests at a baby shower and wasn’t sure how to time it. Thanks,

      Neli | Delicious Meets Healthy

      Hi Anna,
      I would make the dressing and store in a jar in the fridge, and add it just before or an hour before serving. And you can chop the veggies but I would store the tomatoes in a separate bowl, the cucumbers in a separate bowl and the rest of the vegetables in the big salad bowl. Tomatoes and cucumbers are very watery, and I am afraid they might make the salad soggy if they stay overnight mixed together with the rest of the vegetables. You can mix them a few hours before the shower. Hope this helps!

    Susan

    Thanks so much for this recipe. I make a very similar one, but does not have chick peas or red pepper. Why didn’t I think of that!! I use a simple dressing of olive oil and lemon juice. Love red wine vinegar, so will try yours soon. I also add shredded of chopped chicken, so it’s an entire meal. Need to try it without! Thanks again! Now that it’s spring this will be a staple!!

    Nancy Loveland

    5 stars
    Hi…. I always thought Greek Salad also had lettuce, but this recipe does not call for it. Can lettuce be added? We often have salad for dinner with no meat or fish added to it.

      Neli | Delicious Meets Healthy

      Hi Nancy, yes, you can add lettuce. I grew up in a Mediterranean country eating Greek Salad almost every day in the summer, and we usually didn’t add any lettuce, but I think it will be a great addition. Enjoy!

    Liz Worgul

    Do the chickpeas need to be cooked?

      Neli | Delicious Meets Healthy

      I used canned chickpeas. This means they were soaked, not necessarily cooked, but soft.

    Carolyn

    This looks incredible! Nothing can top greek salad!

    Megan @ MegUnprocessed

    This greek salad looks amazing! Perfect for all the veggies in season now.

    Alisha Rodrigues

    5 stars
    You make vegetables and fruits feel so appetizing. I’m sure the feta and chickpea go really well. I’m saving this for later.

    Courtney

    5 stars
    This salad looks so fresh and delicious, and I love the the addition of chickpeas!

    Sues

    5 stars
    Greek salad is my FAVORITE! But I never add chickpeas in mine! Thanks for the idea 🙂

    Dannii

    5 stars
    You can’t beat a classic Greek salad. We are a tonne of this when we were island hopping round Greece.

    Julia

    5 stars
    I love Greek salad especially in summer. It’s perfect for outdoor entertaining, isn’t it? 🙂

    Jill

    5 stars
    Greek salad is probably my second favorite salad (Caesar is my first). Yours looks perfect! And I agree, it’s not a Greek salad without the olives and feta 🙂

    Jacqueline Meldrum

    5 stars
    It’s been unexpectedly sunny and warm here in Scotland the last few days after some really cold weather, so I am right in the mood for salads. This was very well timed. Shared1

    Tina

    5 stars
    This salad is so colorful, and it looks like it is bursting with flavor! I can’t wait to try it!

    Liz @ I Heart Vegetables

    5 stars
    Greek salads are my FAVORITE!! I’m definitely going to make this over the weekend!

    Karen

    I agree! It is the Best Greek Salad. Chickpeas are a wonderful addition. I used white wine vinegar since I didn’t have red, I will have to try it with red. Thanks for this!

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