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This Greek salad recipe is brimming with flavor – loaded with delicious fresh vegetables, olives, and feta cheese tossed in a light and refreshing greek salad dressing.

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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!

Why you’ll love this Mediterranean Salad

  • Flavorful & healthy: This salad tastes amazing and it is loaded with fresh summer vegetables.
  • Quick & Easy: Just chop the ingredients, mix together the dressing and toss everything together. It’s a great last-minute salad or side dish recipe.
  • Perfect for summer grilling: Perfect BBQ or potluck side salad for any meat, fish, or poultry dish. Everyone will love this simple salad recipe.
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What is Greek Salad (Horiatiki)?

Greek salad or Horiatiki salad (also spelled Khoriatiki) is a popular salad in 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.

Mediterranean Salad Recipe Ingredients

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

  • Vegetables: Tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, red or green bell pepper. Optionally, you could also add minced garlic.
  • Red onion – Because red onions can be quite sharp in flavor, some people recommend soaking 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.
  • Black olives – This salad wouldn’t be Greek without the olives. While most Greek salads call for Kalamata olives, you can also use black olives if that is your preference.
  • Feta cheese – You can choose any brand of feta cheese you prefer. I also like to use Bulgarian feta cheese because I find it’s creamier and tastier.
  • Greek salad dressing: olive oil, vinegar, salt, black pepper, and a teaspoon of dried oregano
greek salad ingredients

How to make the Best Greek Salad

  1. Add the tomatoes, bell pepper, cucumber, onion, olives and parsley to a large bowl and toss gently to combine.
  2. Combine the salt, black pepper, olive oil, vinegar, and oregano in a small jar. Whisk salad dressing ingredients.
  3. Drizzle the Greek salad dressing over the salad and toss gently to combine.
  4. Add the cubed feta cheese.
process shots of making Greek Salad in a white bowl and drizzling dressing

TIPS FROM NELI’S KITCHEN

Recipe Notes and Tips 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.
  • You can make this traditional Greek salad a day 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.

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, slice it, and thinly slice the onion.

greek salad in a white salad bowl

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, dried 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.

Variations/Substitutions for this Recipe for Mediterranean Salad

There are several variations and substitutions you can make for a Greek salad:

  1. Cheese: Instead of feta cheese, you can use goat cheese, mozzarella, or even grated Parmesan for a different flavor profile.
  2. Greens: You can add some greens like romaine lettuce, mixed greens, spinach, kale, or arugula for added nutrients and flavor.
  3. Vegetables: Besides the classic ingredients, you can also add or substitute with artichoke hearts, or roasted vegetables like eggplant and zucchini.
  4. Proteins: To make it a heartier meal, add grilled chicken, shrimp, or salmon. You can also include canned chickpeas or white beans for a vegetarian protein option.
  5. Dressing: While Greek dressing is typically made with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and herbs like oregano and parsley, you can experiment with different dressings such as balsamic vinaigrette, tahini dressing, or a citrus-based dressing for a unique twist.
  6. Herbs: Fresh herbs like dill, basil, or mint can enhance the flavor of your Greek salad. Sprinkle them on top or mix them into the dressing for a burst of freshness.

By incorporating these variations and substitutions, you can customize your Greek salad to suit your taste preferences and dietary needs while still enjoying its vibrant Mediterranean flavors.

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What to serve with this Mediterranean Salad?

This easy Mediterranean salad goes wonderfully with roasted or grilled chicken, lamb, beef, 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:

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 Mediterranean Greek Salad

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

taking a bite of a tomato and cucumber salad

Frequently Asked Questions

Best Greek Salad Recipe FAQs

Can you make it with lettuce?

Yes, you can add chopped Romaine 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.

tomato cucumber feta salad in a bowl

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Mediterranean tomato cucumber and feta salad
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Recipe for Mediterranean 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

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Ingredients 
 

Greek Salad

Greek Salad Dressing

Instructions 

  • Place the tomatoes, bell pepper, cucumber, red onion, olives, and parsley in a salad bowl and toss gently to combine.
  • Combine the salt, black pepper, olive oil, vinegar, oregano, in a small bowl, and mix.
  • Drizzle the Greek dressing over the salad and toss gently to coat.
  • Add cubed feta cheese and serve.

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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 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: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 708mg | Potassium: 268mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1231IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 1mg
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About Neli Howard

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Neli Howard and the food blogger behind Delicious Meets Healthy. I started Delicious Meets Healthy in 2014 while working in public accounting. While everything I did at work was very analytical and detail oriented, I have enjoyed cooking because I get to use my creativity and experiment with flavors and textures of different foods.

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24 Comments

  1. With the Greek salad, a must addition for me is wedges of pita bread and hummus or tahini for dipping.

  2. 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.

  3. 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,

    1. 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!

  4. 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!!

  5. 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.

    1. 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!

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