This easy Greek salad recipe includes all the ingredients you’d expect in a traditional Greek salad. Fresh crisp vegetables are combined with crumbled feta and balsamic vinaigrette to make the most refreshing summer salad.
I’ve become a bit of a salad-a-holic lately, especially where my favorite Greek salad is concerned. As in, if I had friends I actually saw on a regular basis and they knew how many leafy greens I was ingesting, I’m sure someone would stage an intervention. Fortunately, I don’t have a social life and with only like, two friends who I see maybe once or twice a year, my vices are allowed to run amuck unchecked. This also explains why my skin may be turning green shortly.
Today, I am showing you my quick and easy Greek salad recipe. Truly, I eat this two or three (or four or five) times a week. It’s the perfect salad to meal prep for the week ahead. Sometimes it is lunch, sometimes it is supper, sometimes it is a snack, and I’m not gonna lie, sometimes it is breakfast.
The ingredients are what you’d expect to find in an authentic Greek salad: leafy greens, cucumber, tomato, red onion, basil, and feta cheese. We simply toss all of the ingredients together and I drizzle a balsamic vinaigrette over the top. The combination of the tart onion and dressing, crisp cucumber, juicy tomato, and feta cheese is a match made in heaven.
Keep scrolling for suggestions on how to make this salad work for you. You can add veggies, subtract veggies, or switch up the salad dressing. The choice is all yours.
- Dark leafy greens
- Cucumber slices
- Sliced red onion
- Feta cheese
- Fresh basil leaves
- Tomato wedges
- Balsamic vinaigrette
How to Make My Easy Greek Salad Recipe
To make the salad, I tear up the basil leaves and mix them with my greens first.
Then I toss these together with all of my fresh vegetables (that are already prepped and sliced 😉).
Once they’re all nicely combined, it’s time to sprinkle the crumbled feta cheese on top.
I have experimented with all sorts of dressings and I find the best for my taste is simply balsamic vinaigrette.
The final touch is a drizzle of that vinaigrette.
Isn’t that a gorgeous salad?
Yeah. Now I’ve got to go eat this. I highly suggest you make your own and join me!
- The undressed salad will last in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
- You can’t freeze fresh salad.
Here are some variations to make this Greek salad recipe work for you:
- Use baby spinach leaves or romaine lettuce instead of dark greens.
- Use cherry tomatoes instead of Roma tomatoes.
- Add a handful of chopped and pitted Kalamata olives or black olives.
- Swap the balsamic for a Greek vinaigrette. Combine a couple of tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil with a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice (or red wine vinegar) and 2 teaspoons of dried oregano.
- Do as Jamie Oliver does (see below), and swap the basil for other fresh herbs like fresh dill or fresh mint leaves.
- Add chopped green bell peppers.
- Add salt and black pepper to taste.
- Serve it with cut blocks of feta cheese instead of crumbled.
- For the cheese, I find that it’s usually cheaper to buy a block of it and crumble it myself. It crumbles easily so I just hold it over my salad and break it up with my hands.
- This is such an easy salad recipe to double or triple. Use the meal prep tips below.
Can you meal prep this salad recipe?
Absolutely! This salad is a great lunch idea to make ahead of time for meal prep. Personally, on the weekend I chop everything up and put all of the ingredients in separate containers in my fridge so I can throw this together in a flash.
To store my lettuce for the week, I put it in a large zipper seal plastic bag along with a paper towel. This absorbs excess moisture and keeps your lettuce fresh for at least two or three times longer than normal.
What is a traditional Greek salad made of?
Horiatiki or traditional Greek salad is made with vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onion chopped into large chunks. It also includes a block of feta cheese and a homemade Greek salad dressing made with Greek oregano and olive oil.
How does Jamie Oliver make Greek salad?
Here’s Jamie Oliver’s salad recipe. But it includes tomato, red onion, cucumber, green bell pepper, fresh dill, fresh mint, black olives, red wine vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, feta cheese, and dried oregano.
Does Greek salad contain lettuce?
A traditional Greek salad doesn’t typically contain lettuce. However, American-style Greek salads regularly include lettuce or some sort of leafy green.
What ingredients are in Greek dressing?
Greek dressing is basically a Greek vinaigrette made with olive oil, red wine vinegar, fresh lemon juice, and dried oregano.
What do you serve with Greek salad?
There are so many ways to serve this salad:
- You can serve it as a main dish as is or with some grilled chicken tenders.
- Serve it as a side dish with a different main dish like Greek chicken and potatoes, salmon patties, lemon parmesan chicken, pork chops, or roast chicken.
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- dark greens of your choice
- chopped red onion
- cucumber slices
- fresh tomato slices
- crumbled feta cheese
- fresh basil leaves
- balsamic vinaigrette
- Tear the basil leaves and add to the greens along with all the other vegetables.dark greens of your choice, chopped red onion, cucumber slices, fresh tomato slices, fresh basil leaves
- Toss ingredients to combine.
- Sprinkle salad with crumbled feta cheese and drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette.crumbled feta cheese, balsamic vinaigrette
“Two things to remember in life: Take care of your thoughts when you’re alone and take care of your words when you’re with people.”
Submitted by Janet Taylor
You should try a Greek vinaigrette dressing just once. Delicious !!
I do like the grape tomatos in salad 🙂
Since my husband is diabetic (controls it with diet and exercise!), we have a salad most every night. Green salads, coleslaw and three (or more) bean salads are my go to salads. I really like the fact that coleslaw and been salads get better as they sit in the frig and I can get up to four nights worth of salads in one making!!! He hates tomatoes raw (or cooked if he can “see” the tomato), so I rarely have tomatoes and when I grow them, I make tomato sauce with them.
LOL. I love raw tomatoes and ate them as a snack as a child. I love your salad. I like to add dry cherries or cranberries, pecans, black olives, and love blue cheese dressing. I’m making some tonight! Thank you for posting it. Love your photos!
I love Greek salad, but my go-to salad is this: mixed greens or romaine with cherry tomatoes and (thawed) frozen peas. Top that off with a creamy dressing of any kind and I’m happy!
So glad I’m not the only person who doesn’t like raw tomatoes, but loves them in any form or fashion when cooked! I do tolerate them in salads 🙂
Mmmmmm…..this salad looks wonderful! Can’t wait to try it!
Here’s what goes in my salad: lettuce, spinach, onion, green, red, yellow orange peppers, cucumber, black olives, (pitted), tomatoes, and radishes. Seasonings are: garlic powder, garlic salt, some kosher salt, coarse black pepper, and lemon pepper. Dressing is: olive oil and red wine vinegar. With your clean hands, toss real good! Once the olive and oil you want to serve it with your meal. If you want to make up ahead of time do everything above except putting on the dressing. Cover bowl with Saran Wrap and keep in refrigerator until time to serve your dinner. Don’t forget your dressing! Lol