Easy Greek Salad

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This easy Greek Salad is made with plum tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, bell pepper, kalamata olives, and crumbled feta cheese. Tossed with a lemon and red wine vinegar vinaigrette dressing, it's ready for a summer picnic!

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

This Greek salad is a favorite of my father’s to make during the summer.

We usually have plenty of tomatoes and cucumbers growing in the garden, and all you have to do is toss in some red onions, olives, bell pepper, feta cheese, a few herbs, and some olive oil and vinegar and you have beautiful, cooling, fresh, Greek salad.

All the best ingredients and flavors of Greek cuisine, all in one easy summer salad!

Greek salad in blue bowl with feta cheese on top

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What To Serve with Greek Salad

You can serve this salad as a side for just about any of your summer favorites, like grilled chicken or grilled fish. It’s terrific with pita bread that has been brushed with olive oil and toasted or grilled.

Make-Ahead Tips

The dressing for this recipe can be made up to three hours ahead and kept at room temperature.

Except for the tomatoes, all the vegetables can also be chopped a few hours ahead of time and kept refrigerated. Tomatoes are much better when fresh and un-refrigerated, so wait to add those until just before serving.

Toss all the vegetables with the salad dressing and sprinkle with cheese when ready to serve.

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What's in Greek Salad Dressing?

The ingredients in this salad are so fresh and vibrant that they only need a simple dressing to bring them together. This one uses olive oil (here's our favorite!), lemon juice, garlic, red wine vinegar, oregano, and dill.

This dressing will separate so if you make it ahead just whisk it together before dressing your salad. Even better, make it in a jam jar and just give the jar a few shakes before pouring it over your salad.

Tame Your Onions

If you're not a huge fan of raw onions try this tip from Elise's mom: soak the chopped onions in a little vinegar or lemon juice while you chop the rest of the salad ingredients. This softens their flavor and makes them a little more palatable.


Updated August 21, 2020 : We spiffed up this post to make it sparkle. No changes to the original recipe!

Easy Greek Salad Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6

Tip from my mom: to take some of the bite away from the onions, after you chop them, soak them in a little vinegar or lemon juice.


  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano or 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill, or 1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 large plum tomatoes, seeded, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cucumber, peeled, seeded, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, peeled, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, seeded, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup pitted black olives (preferably brine-cured), coarsely chopped
  • A heaping half cup crumbled feta cheese


1 Make dressing: Whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, vinegar, oregano, and dill together until blended. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

This can be prepared 3 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature. Re-whisk before using.

2 Combine salad ingredients: Combine the tomatoes, cucumber, onion, bell pepper, olives in a bowl. Toss with dressing. Sprinkle with cheese and serve.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Sandra

    I think im gonna try this i never had greek salad before

  2. Linda

    Amazing! Made just as recipe directs. So simple yet incredibly fresh-tasting. We love our backyard Japanese cucumbers and are always looking for new, delicious ways to use them. We enjoyed the salad with Greek meatballs and mixed rice. Delicious! Thank you, Elise! You hit another right out of the ballpark!! :)


  3. jamie

    this was excellent … i added a “little” more garlic then it called for…. sooo good will be making this again❤


  4. Nancy

    I found this recipe last week, made it and was instantly addicted to it. So fresh and the dressing is perfect. I have a difficult time eating in the morning, but this soon became my go to. I just made another batch and I’ve sent this recipe out to friends. Delicious!


  5. Gail

    Amazing will definitely double the dressing to keep for another day. I’m so glad I forgot to buy ready made and used my fresh herbs I have growing. Yummy


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