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Best Greek Salad

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This is the very Best Greek Salad because it is light, tangy, crunchy, creamy, and so simple to toss together. A tasty side dish to any meal you serve.

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There are some salads I make regularly. And there are some salads that I crave. Some salads have memories connected to people. 

And this best greek salad has all three.

I never get tired of this salad. It is great any time of day and any time of year.

There is something about a salad that has every texture and flavor you could think of that mixes so perfectly together every time.

Also it is absolutely beautiful to look at which makes it a perfect simple side anytime you want an easy, beautiful dish.

I know the best greek salad ingredients list looks long, but there are 7 ingredients in the salad, and the rest is for the homemade greek salad dressing that is so delicious!

You will not regret making your own salad dressing, and it’s so easy you will be surprised you haven’t done it before.

Salad without dressing, ready to serve.

What ingredients are in the best greek salad?

  • Romaine Lettuce: chopped romaine lettuce is cool, crisp, and is the base for the salad.
  • Cucumber: this adds cool crunch to the salad
  • Roma Tomatoes: chopped fresh tomatoes add a sweet acidic taste to the salad
  • Red Onion: chopped onion adds a sharp sweetness to each bite
  • Kalamata Olives: these salty olives add a special greek flavor to the salad.
  • Black Olives: black olives are not as salty but give good texture and salt to the salad
  • Feta Cheese: crumbled feta adds a creamy note through the salad.
  • Olive Oil: this is the oil base for your salad dressing that will carry the other flavors
  • Garlic Powder: a perfect way to add a light garlic taste in every part of the dressing
  • Oregano: this is a classic seasoning that will add a savory touch to the dressing
  • Basil: this classic greek herb adds a great flavor through the whole dish
  • Black Pepper: this adds a spice and helps your body digest the nutrients in the rest of the dish
  • Salt: this will bring out the flavors of everything else in the dish
  • Onion Powder: powdered onion will add a quiet onion flavor through the dressing
  • Mustard: adding mustard to salad dressing is a great way to add a surprising and tasty note to every other spice in the mix
  • Red Wine Vinegar: you can’t make salad dressing without vinegar, and red wine has a great tangy grape flavor to pull everything together

Pro Tip: For the true best greek salad flavors, do not make any substitutions. Each ingredient is important to give you the true greek salad experience.

Salad ingredients in a jar, unmixed.

How to make best greek salad:

  1. Toss salad ingredients together.
  2. Shake dressing ingredients together in a jar.
  3. Serve!

What kind of dressing goes on a greek salad?

You must put a vinaigrette dressing on a greek salad.

My easy greek salad recipe gives you a homemade greek vinaigrette dressing that I think is the best greek salad dressing. 

It has a great balance between spicy, tangy, and smooth. You are going to love it.

salad dressing ingredients in a jar all mixed up.

Is the best greek salad healthy?

Yes! This salad is loaded with fresh vegetables, olives that have so many nutrients, feta cheese which has a lot of flavor in a small amount so you can use less, and a powerful homemade vinaigrette loaded with nutrients. 

This might even be the healthiest recipe on my website. And it is so delicious.

What to serve with greek salad:

  • Pizza: you don’t have to make greek style pizza for this salad to go perfectly as a side to any pizza
  • Pasta: salad is a great side to pasta
  • Bread: breadsticks, focaccia, rolls, or any of your favorites go great with this salad
  • Baklava: because after a perfect greek salad, perfect greek dessert is the only thing that makes sense, right?
salad dressing being poured over salad

Is the best greek salad keto?

Yes! There is no extra sugars and so many of the veggies are low carb choices. You can eat this best greek salad with lettuce and still follow a keto diet.

Is the best greek salad vegetarian?

Yes! Nothing in this dish contains meat. However, it does contain feta cheese, so if you are serving this to a vegetarian, check to see if they eat cheese or not.

Is the best greek salad vegan?

No. Feta cheese is dairy which comes from a cow which makes this dish not vegan friendly.

Feta is an important ingredient in greek foods, so just serve feta on the side if you have a vegan friend coming when you are serving this dish.

side view of salad in a bowl with dressing on top.

How to store leftover best greek salad:

This salad is best when eaten the same day it is made.

However, if you have leftovers, be sure to store the salad separate from the dressing. Dressing will make a salad wilt and lose its crunch.

What olives are used in the best greek salad?

I use kalamata olives and black olives to give two different olive flavors in my salad.

photoof greek salad taken from the top looking down.

Can I make the best greek salad in advance?

Yes! But don’t mix it all together in advance. You can mix the dressing in a jar and save it in the fridge.

And prep/chop all the salad toppings, but keep all the toppings separate from the lettuce until you are ready to serve. Then mix everything together right before serving to keep your easy greek salad fresh and crunchy.

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Yield: 5 Servings

Best Greek Salad

photoof greek salad taken from the top looking down.

This is the very Best Greek Salad because it is light, tangy, crunchy, creamy, and so simple to toss together. A tasty side dish to any meal you serve.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Instructions

  1. Place romaine lettuce in a large serving bowl.
  2. Add cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, Kalamata olives, black olives and feta cheese to bowl.
  3. In a jar with a lid, add olive oil, garlic powder, oregano, basil, black pepper, salt, onion powder, mustard, and red wine vinegar.
  4. Add lid to jar and shake well.
  5. Pour over salad and serve immediately.

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