A beautiful Greek salad with the classic ingredients is perfect for your summer table. Tomatoes, cucumber, green bell pepper, olives and feta. The rest is extra for all your family members that are hooked on lettuce, avocado and chicken 🙂 It's perfectly okay to serve a classic in one serving and have separate add on dishes on the table. Add a herb it's all good!
What Do You Need For A Classic Greek Salad
If you are in Greece or certain parts of Europe then you have the advantage of the perfect type of tomatoes and feta. However, it's really good to know that as long as you these ingredients and you're not in Greece, you can still make a Greek salad.
Also, there is the factor of perhaps wherever you are you may not even have the privilege of the choice of feta? Living in Europe really made me experience the very best quality of ingredients and appreciate them. Now I seek the best I can find and afford the rest is history. You have to go with your needs.
Life is already complicated lets not make it a trend instead make a simple, fresh and absolutely delicious Greek salad!
Tomatoes - You can use Roma tomatoes which are nice and plump when you can find them otherwise juicy cherry tomatoes do the trick. I also love them because there's no messing. Firm ones not soft if possible, keep the soft ones for roasting. I keep all the softer ones aside and keep them for things like this Italian Antipasti
Red Onion - What is there to say besides it brings a nice crunch, a bit of sweetness and a pop of color. You can soak them in some cold water if you want less of a strong taste. Depending on the crowd someone may not like the strong taste? Personally I don't like soaking them I like my red onion as is.
TIP! - If you are going to soak them, slice them first, use ice water (or ice in water). They just need a short time to soak, while you prep the rest of the ingredients.
What Else Do We Need To Bring It All Together?
Feta cheese - Cut into bite sized blocks or larger but not crumbled everywhere 🙁
Olives - Kalamata olives are great and if you can find the Italian or Greek version take them! Otherwise regular local Kalamata olives work well and they add those great salty & briny flavors.
Cucumber - A solid one not soft edges or ones where everyone has been doing the "avocado test "where they're pressing the poor cucumber. Find a nice solid and smooth cucumber that's it.
Bell peppers - Same as above.
That good people is what you need to know about my Greek salad. Here my additional extras that are served in separate platters/bowls. Because that's how we eat. Do what works for you and your family.
- Grilled chicken
- Fresh lettuce of your choice
For The Salad Dressing, less is more
The typical dressing for a Greek salad is olive oil, red vinegar and oregano and this combination really brings it together beautifully. It's also nice and light.
More Salad Recipes
- Spinach and Berry Salad With A Berry Salad Dressing
- Mediterranean Salad
- Red Cabbage And Corn Salad
- Plum Salad With Carpaccio and Pecans
- 1 cucumber cut in half, half again and cubes
- 1 red onion cut into quarters and slice
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes cut once in half
- 1 green bell pepper seeds removed, cored and cubed
- 1 cup feta cheese cut into blocks
For The Salad Dressing
- olive oil
- red wine vinegar
- vegetable spice
- squeeze of fresh lemon
- Mix all the ingredients for the dressing, add into a blender/jar/bowl and blend for a few seconds, shake it together or use a fork and whisk it up. Set aside.
- Using a large enough platter add all the salad ingredients always starting with what's chunkier like the peppers followed by the cucumber, red onion, tomatoes, olives and feta last.
- Leave the dressing for everyone to pour over their own salad, this way it stays crisp for everyone.
- Season to taste by adding a sprinkle of the tasty and organic vegetable seasoning.
- Serve and Enjoy!