Here is a super delicious and healthy Greek salad recipe for you to try. You’ll love this easy-going summer salad for its crisp texture and perfect balance.
Made with a handful of pantry staples, this is my favorite lazy side to pretty much every summertime barbecue and grilled meat dish.
About this Greek Salad Recipe
This easy Greek salad is loaded with the core classics you’d expect: tomato, cucumber, olives and salty feta cheese.
I’ve got to be honest; some days (a lot of days), I just can’t face a lettuce-laden salad. That’s why I have this salad (with its silly-simple dressing) on repeat.
Why you’ll love this healthy Greek salad recipe:
- Super simple – It’s made with the most basic ingredients and techniques.
- Minimal clean-up – A one-bowl-wonder – you don’t even need a separate bowl for the dressing.
- Healthy – Loaded with antioxidant-filled tomatoes and heart-healthy olive oil, this Greek salad has a lot going for it.
- Versatile – This easy Greek salad goes well alongside most meals – pasta, grilled meats and fish, you name it!
Ingredients you’ll Need
Here’s what to gather to whip up this healthy Greek salad:
- Tomatoes – Go for ripe and firm tomatoes that will hold up to the dressing. Roma, cherry, or grape tomatoes work well. You can also use beefsteak tomatoes.
- Cucumber – I recommend English cucumbers or Persian cucumbers for a crisp, thin-skinned cucumber.
- Red onion – These are mild and a little sweet. Perfect to eat raw.
- Feta cheese – Use a high-quality feta.
- Olives – You can use Kalamata olives or other Mediterranean varieties for an authentic taste.
- White wine vinegar – You can go for red wine or apple cider vinegar if you’d prefer.
- Olive oil – Use extra virgin olive oil for its rich flavor and quality. Avocado oil is a great alternative if you need one.
How to Make an Easy Greek Salad
Start by washing the vegetables and cutting the tomatoes and cucumber into bite-sized pieces. Slice the onion into fine rings.
Add the veggies to a large bowl and pour in the olive oil and vinegar. Season them with salt and pepper.
Finally, cut the cheese into small pieces and add it to the salad along with the olives.
- Fresh herbs – Make it your own (and seasonal) by adding fresh herbs like oregano, basil, or parsley.
- Balance the flavors – If, after tasting it, you feel the salad needs more brightness and tang, add some freshly squeezed lemon juice.
- Reduce moisture – If your tomatoes and cucumbers are a little too juicy, remove the seeds before adding them to the bowl.
It is totally up to you whether to peel your cucumbers. It’s not necessary, but if you prefer a smoother texture, go for it.
I recommend Greek feta cheese for an authentic experience. You can experiment with other varieties of cheese as well.
Yes, you can prepare the ingredients for Greek salad ahead of time but hold back on adding the dressing ingredients until just before serving to maintain freshness and texture.
Greek salad is vegetarian-friendly, but it typically contains feta cheese, which is not vegan. To make it vegan, leave out the feta cheese or use a plant-based alternative.
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Best Greek Salad
- First, wash the vegetables and cut the tomatoes and cucumber into bite-sized pieces. Cut the onion into fine rings.
- Mix the vegetables in a bowl, season with olive oil and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper.
- Finally, cut the cheese into small pieces and add it to the salad along with the olives.