Greek Salad is one of the most refreshing flavor packed salads! With a tangy salad dressing, tomatoes, cucumber, and lots of feta, this salad is a fan favorite!
Greek Salad Recipe
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One of the most famous and popular salads is Greek Salad! What’s not to love about a veggie packed salad with lots of feta cheese and a tangy salad dressing?! Not only is this a quick salad to make, it lasts for days in the fridge making it perfect for make ahead.
What is Greek Salad?
A traditional Greek Salad (Horiatiki) is a made with cucumber, green bell pepper, tomato, red onion, kalamata olives, feta cheese and Greek salad dressing. The dressing is packed with flavor from red wine vinegar, lemon juice, oregano and olive oil.
This salad is customizable and versatile, you can use any variety of cucumber, tomato and bell pepper that you prefer or whichever varieties are in season! This salad is often served along side grilled meat (souvlaki), roasted potatoes, tzatziki sauce, Spanakorizo and more classic Greek dishes.
What to Serve with Greek Salad
- Pork Souvlaki
- Chicken Souvlaki
- Tzatziki Sauce
- Yellow Rice
- Spanakorizo (Greek Spinach Feta Rice)
- 3 Ingredient Pita Bread
What is in Greek Salad?
- Cucumber – any variety of cucumber can be used. We recommend English cucumbers. It is optional to remove peel and/or remove the seeds from the cucumber. The peel and seeds contain the most nutrients in the cucumber so we recommend leaving them on the cucumber for the recipe.
- Tomato – any variety of tomato can be used (ex. cherry, grape, Roma, beef steak, etc.). Cherry or grape tomatoes are great because they are not overly seedy and watery. If you are using a tomato with a lot seeds, be sure to remove these. Excess seeds and water will make the salad watery and soggy as it sits in the fridge.
- Bell Pepper – traditionally green bell pepper is used in this salad. You can use any color bell pepper you prefer or any sweet pepper that is in season.
- Red Onion – the most common onion used in Greek cooking. Not only does it have a beautiful color, it has a subtle sweet onion flavor. You don’t have to worry about an over-powering raw onion flavor in this salad, the vinegar and lemon juice in the dressing lightly pickles the onion.
- Feta – one of our favorite cheeses! This salty and crumbly cheese is one of the best parts of this salad.
- Kalamata Olives – adds a salty flavor to the salad. If you do not like olives you can omit them in this recipe or swap them for green olives if preferred.
- Greek Salad Dressing (Store-bought or Homemade)
- Red Wine Vinegar
- Olive Oil
- Lemon Juice
- Salt and Pepper
How to Make Greek Salad
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1 Prepare the Greek salad dressing by whisking together all of the ingredients in a bowl. Set aside while you prepare the salad.
2 Slice the cherry tomatoes, English cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, and feta. Place in a large bowl with the pitted kalamata olives.
3 Pour the dressing into the bowl and toss until evenly combined.
4 Optional, garnish with crumbled feta and fresh chopped parsley. Serve and enjoy!
Tips for the Best Greek Salad
- Vegetables – this salad is customizable and you will find slightly different variations of it at each Greek restaurant or city you visit. The salad can be made with any variety of cucumber, bell pepper and tomatoes. You can use your favorite variety and you can also use up any garden fresh vegetables you have growing in your garden.
- Dressing – store-bought salad dressing help cut down on prep time but we recommend making your own Greek dressing for this salad. You can control exactly what goes in the dressing and adjust the seasoning to your personal preference.
- Feta – we recommend using a brick of feta and slicing it into bite sized pieces. Leave the pieces slightly chunkier because as you toss the salad the feta will crumble slightly.
FAQs Greek Salad
Store the prepare salad in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Note: the longer the salad sits in the fridge the more water the veggies will release.
Yes! This salad is perfect for make ahead. This salad does not include any lettuce so you don’t have to worry about lettuce getting soggy. Prepare the salad and store in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
Yes! This salad is packed with healthy vegetables and a light dressing.
This recipe is vegetarian.
For a vegan recipe use a vegan feta cheese or omit the cheese.
This recipe is gluten free.
For a dairy free Greek salad use dairy free cheese, vegan feta cheese, or omit the cheese.
More Simple Salads
- Strawberry Panzanella Salad
- Greek Orzo Salad
- Dill Pickle Salad
- Avocado Corn Tomato Salad
- Greek Beet Salad
Greek Salad (Horiatiki Salad)
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes, or grape, sliced in half
- 1 English cucumber, sliced, ½” thick half moon
- 1 bell pepper, cubed
- ½ medium red onion, sliced into thin strips
- 1 brick feta, cubed (approximately 500 grams)
- ½ cup kalamata olives, pitted
- 1 cup Greek Salad Dressing, store bought or homemade
- Prepare the Greek salad dressing by whisking together all of the ingredients in a bowl. Set aside while you prepare the salad.
- Slice the cherry tomatoes, English cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, and feta. Place in a large bowl with the pitted kalamata olives.
- Pour the dressing into the bowl and toss until evenly combined.
- Optional, garnish with crumbled feta and fresh chopped parsley. Serve and enjoy!