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Greek Salad: the fresh, tasty, nutritious Mediterranean recipe to make this summer

Total time: 15 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 6 people
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If you're in the mood for a refreshing, light salad to serve as a side dish with your favorite grilled dishes, look no further than this easy Greek salad.

It is a healthy, delicious salad packed with fresh ingredients like cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, and cherry tomatoes tossed in a gorgeous red wine vinaigrette. A small handful of kalamata olives and cubed briny feta cheese brings a mouthwatering savory element to the salad that blends seamlessly with all the fresh flavors in the veggies.

While this salad is amazing with anything grilled, you can enjoy it with just about any dish throughout the year. You can even tweak your homemade Greek salad to make it even healthier!

Greek Salad Ingredients

The dressing for Greek salad is tangy, a little herbal, and slightly spicy thanks to red wine vinegar, dried oregano, and Dijon mustard. Olive oil and minced garlic round out the dressing – you'll want to use high-quality olive oil for your dressing.

For the salad, cucumber adds a delightful crunchy. English cucumbers are the best choice because they're seedless.

Red onion adds a sharp bite, while bell peppers bring a refreshing sweetness and crunch.

Kalamata olives and feta cheese bring a briny, savory flavor to the salad.

Cherry tomato adds a pop of color and sweetness.

Finally, you'll need some fresh mint leaves to add a refreshing lift to the dish.

How to Make Greek Dressing for Salad

To make the dressing for Greek salad, simply put all the dressing ingredients into a bowl and whisk them well to combine.

How to Make Greek Salad

It's easy to make Greek salad at home. You can prep and assemble it in less than 15 minutes! All you need to do is put the salad ingredients onto a serving dish.

Pour the dressing over the top, then toss everything to combine. Add a little salt, pepper, oregano, and some torn mint leaves, then serve and enjoy!

Tips for Making Easy Greek Salad

You can substitute balsamic or apple cider vinegar for red wine vinegar.

Any color of bell pepper works in this recipe. Use red, orange, or yellow peppers if you prefer a sweeter flavor. Opt for green or purple peppers for a more grassy vegetable flavor.

Add chopped lettuce for extra crunch. Arugula would be another delicious option, thanks to its peppery flavor.

Swap the cucumber out for fennel for a mellow anise flavor and irresistible crunchy texture.

Add cooked chicken, shrimp, or sliced grilled meat to make a hearty main meal.

What to Serve with Greek Salad

Greek salad is a fantastic side dish to serve with any Mediterranean fare. Enjoy it with grilled lamb chops, kofta, meat skewers, spanikopita, moussaka, grilled fish, roasted chicken, or halloumi burgers. It's a versatile dish that can also be enjoyed with burgers, roast beef, sandwiches, and wraps.

How to Store Greek Salad

Keep your Greek salad in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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Ingredients
cucumber, sliced in 1/4-inch thick rounds
1
bell pepper, chopped into 1-inch pieces
1
cherry tomatoes, halved
2 cups
feta cheese in brine
5 ounces
red onion, thinly sliced
1/3 cup
kalamata olives, pitted
1/3 cup
fresh mint leaves, roughly torn
1/3 cup
for the dressing
Extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup
Red wine vinegar
3 tbsp
garlic, finely minced
1 clove
Dried oregano
1/2 tsp
Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp
salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Combine olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, oregano, mustard, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Whisk well until completely mixed.

Cube feta cheese.

Place cucumber, bell pepper, tomatoes, red onions, and olives on a large serving platter. Pour the dressing over the ingredients, then toss to combine.

Add the feta cheese.

Season with extra salt and pepper. Garnish with mint leaves, extra oregano and dressing.

Serve and enjoy!

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