This classic and traditional Greek Salad is packed with fresh, crunchy vegetables and savory feta cheese! You’ll love how simple it is to throw together!
This tasty traditional Greek Salad recipe is made with tomatoes, cucumbers, green bell pepper, red onions, kalamata olives, and feta cheese. A homemade herbed Greek Dressing perfects the dish, making it perfect for lunch or a side salad with dinner.
If you’re looking at the photos, you may be wondering where the lettuce is! In Greece, this salad wouldn’t be served with lettuce, but Greek salad with lettuce is an American twist on this recipe. Adding lettuce to Greek salad is up to you! It’s delicious either way.
The dressing for Greek Salad is made from quality extra virgin olive oil and a splash of red wine vinegar, plus dried oregano and simple seasonings. This is such an easy recipe, you’ll be making it all the time.
Add pasta to Greek salad to bulk it up and make it super satisfying. My Orzo Greek Salad is always a hit!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Quick to Make– Simply chop up the vegetables and cheese, whisk up a traditional viniagrette, and toss everything together. The salad is ready in 10 minutes.
- Traditional Flavors – In Greece, this salad is served everwhere and often! It’s a rustic combination of fresh ingredients that speak for themselves and don’t need any fancy added flavors.
- Versatile Recipe – Feel free to add or remove ingredients that you like or don’t like so that this Greek salad is perfect for your and your family.
Greek Salad Ingredients
Because there are only a few ingredients in this recipe, it’s important that they are all as fresh and high quality as possible.
Complete list of ingredients and amounts can be found in the recipe card below.
- Tomatoes: Juicy, fresh tomatoes will soak up the flavors from the dressing. If using large tomatoes, dice them. For cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes, just cut them in half.
- Cucumbers: Rather than common cucumbers, choose English cucumber or the smaller Persian/Lebanese cucumbers. The skin on these is thin and tasty, so there’s no need to peel them, and they are mostly seedless too.
- Red Onion: Slice the red onion in half and then slice it thinly before adding it to your Greek Salad.
- Bell Pepper: I love the flavor and color of green bell pepper in this salad. While green peppers are traditional, any color of bell pepper can be used instead.
- Feta Cheese: Start with an 8-ounce (225g) block of feta. Avoid using crumbled feta to make a traditional Greek salad.
- Kalamata Olives: Get olives from the deli or olive bar if you want them to be fresh and extra tasty. The ones that come in the jar are fine otherwise. Other olives can be used as well, including regular black olives or green olives, and they can be whole, pitted, or sliced.
For the Greek dressing:
- Olive Oil: Good quality, extra virgin olive oil is important in this recipe. I you can find Greek olive oil, definitely use that!
- Vinegar: Any type of vinegar can be used in this dressing, but red wine vinegar is ideal. For a different flavor, use freshly squeezed lemon juice instead.
- Seasonings: a simple sprinkle of salt, pepper, and dried oregano gives this Greek salad the perfect traditional flavor.
How To Make Greek Salad and Greek Dressing
- Make Greek Dressing: In a bowl or a glass measuring cup, whisk together the extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, and oregano.
- Chop Ingredients: Cut tomatoes, cucumbers, green bell pepper, and feta cheese into uniform sized chunks. Slice the red onion into thin slices.
- Make the Salad: Add the chopped vegetables and kalamata olives to a salad bowl. Pour the Greek Dressing over the vegetables, and toss gently to combine.
If you can find marinated block feta cheese, it is delicious in this salad too!
Greek Salad Recipe Tips
- Cut the vegetables into medium chunks: everything in this chopped salad should be approximately the same size. I like to use the kalamata olives as a guide, and chop the vegetables to match. A good chef’s knife will make your prep work easy. I love this classic 8-inch knife from Henckels, and I use it every single day.
- Use the freshest ingredients possible: Because there aren’t many ingredients in this recipe, you should be sure that everything you add in tastes great.
- Try a different style of Greek Dressing: Ladolemono is another easy Greek dressing. Replace the vinegar in this recipe with fresh lemon juice, and add a clove of minced garlic.
- Add Garlic: Leave the dressing recipe as is, but add a clove of minced garlic. Garlic makes everything more tasty!
- Kalamata Olives: These are the traditional Greek olive for this salad. You can buy pitted olives, but the whole ones will be juicer. I like to remind people that the olives have pits when I serve this salad, so they aren’t surprised.
- If you’d like to add lettuce: Try adding up to 8 cups of chopped romaine. This will make your Greek salad more in line with what you’d get at a Greek restaurant in the US.
You can store leftover Greek salad in the fridge for up to two days. As the salad sits in the fridge, it will soften a bit and absorb more flavor from the dressing.
If you want to keep the salad fresh, store it without the dressing added for up to two days, and add the olive oil and vinegar dressing right before serving.
What To Serve With Traditional Greek Salad
A simple, rustic salad like this one goes perfectly with roasted or grilled meats or fish. It’s easy to create a healthy Mediterranean-style meal.
This greek salad doesn’t include any meat, but you can add meat to greek salad to make it into a full and protein-packed meal. Grilled chicken or steak, chopped ham, or salami are all delicious with this mix of veggies and dressing.
In Greece, this salad would typically be served with a whole block of feta placed on top of the veggies. Then they’d dress it with olive oil before digging in! I use a block of feta cheese in salad, but I chop it into cubes to make it easier to serve and eat.
Horiatiki means “Village Salad” or “Peasant salad” in the Greek language. This is a salad that is very common and rustic, served with just a few simple, quality ingredients.
If you can’t take a trip to Greece, this traditional Greek Salad is the next best thing! Make sure to pin this recipe for more people to enjoy.
- 3 medium tomatoes or 1 ½ cups cherry tomatoes
- 1 English cucumber or 3 Persian/Lebanese cucumbers
- ½ small red onion
- 1 medium green bell pepper Note 1
- 8 ounces (250g) feta cheese block, Note 2
- 4 ounces (125g) kalamata olives Note 3
For Greek Dressing
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil perferrably Greek
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar or fresh lemon juice, Note 4
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- Cut tomatoes, cucumbers, green bell pepper, and feta cheese into uniform sized chunks. Slice the red onion into thin slices.
- In a bowl or a glass measuring cup, make the dressing by whisk together the extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, and oregano.
- Add the chopped vegetables and kalamata olives to a salad bowl. Pour the Greek Dressing over the vegetables, and toss gently to combine.
- While green pepper is traditional, any color of bell pepper can be used.
- Try using marinated feta to add even more flavor to the salad. Avoid using crumbled feta and look for a solid block of feta instead.
- Any kind of olives can be used in this greek salad! Kalamata are my favorite, but you can use regular black or green olives instead. They can be whole, pitted, or slices. I like to get my olives from the deli section, but jarred olives are delicious as well.
- Instead of red wine vinegar, use any type of vinegar that you have on hand. Replacing the vinegar with freshly squeezed lemon juice gives Greek dressing a bright flavor too.
- To Store: While this salad is best served right away, you can store leftovers in the fridge for up to two days. It stores best if the dressing and the vegetables are kept separate until right before serving.
- Add Bulk: Cooked pasta or romaine lettuce can be added to this salad to make it a more filling dish. While this isn’t traditional, it is tasty!
- If you like, add a clove of minced garlic to the Greek dressing.
- Serve Greek salad with grilled or roasted meat or fish to create a healthy Mediterranean meal.
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