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

Great Summer Salad

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

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.

TRY THESE OTHER SUMMER SIDE SALADS!

Updated July 2, 2019 : We spiffed up this post to make it sparkle. No changes to the original recipe!

Easy Greek Salad Recipe

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  • 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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Method

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 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. 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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  2. PRMS

    The best Greek salad ever!!!!!
    The taste, flavour, and everything else!
    Elise Bauer, you’re the future world’s best chef

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  3. 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!!!

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  4. Tt

    Marvellous, will make it for every party !

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  5. 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.

    xxxxxyyyyy

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