Easy Greek Salad

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Easy Greek Salad with plum tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, bell pepper, kalamata olives, crumbled feta cheese, with a lemon and red wine vinegar vinaigrette dressing

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.

Dad's Greek Salad

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 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp 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 dill weed 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 weed together until blended. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. (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 cheese over and serve.

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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. marko

    Fantastic salad! except your mom’s tip .”to take some of the bite away from the onions, after you chop them, soak them in a little vinegar or lemon juice.”
    i thought the reason for using the onions was because of that bite. Why else use them ?
    Well, for the looks I guess, they are beautiful!!!

  2. Tt

    Marvellous, will make it for every party !


  3. J

    It was a huge hit with the family; even my sister did pick out the tomatoes! I put the olives on the side for those that weren’t fans and all dug in. Bowl empty.


  4. Darrell

    Great Greek Salad recipe which reminds me of the salads we had in Greece. Many “make believe” Greek salads come with lettuce of some sort as filler. That’s not the way they make them there. Glad to have found this one!


  5. Carole

    Loved your recipe for this Greek Salad. I used fresh oregano and dill, grape tomatoes cut in half because you don’t have to remove the seeds and of course lovely Kalamata olives. Yummy !


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