This delicious and simple traditional Greek Salad recipe is the perfect summer side dish. It never goes out of fashion when made well. The perfect reminder of holidays and hot days. So easy to make, it’s low carb, gluten free, packed with tasty tomatoes, cucumber, olives, feta cheese and olive oil.
I can’t believe I’ve never posted a Greek Salad recipe here before. I sometimes forget to write about my most simple, and often made dishes, thinking maybe they are a bit boring for the blog or you’ll all know how to make them already.
Yesterday, I was in Waitrose and (this is absolutely a true story) a man came over to me as I was buying pea sprouts for a fancy salad (also true, only in Waitrose). He said to what looked like his son, “this lady looks like she knows what she’s doing in the kitchen, let’s ask her. Excuse me, how do you make Greek Salad please?”
Obviously I obliged, but it did make me chuckle for lots of reasons, not least of all, what does it say about me, that I’m a reliable source of recipe info at the drop of a pea sprout?
Anyway, we had a little chat about the fact that he was actually Greek and cross with himself that he couldn’t remember his basics. I didn’t quite work out how he’d come to be asking me for advice, but anyway, it inspired me to make my Greek Salad recipe this week too, so here we are.
What goes into a traditional Greek Salad recipe?
A traditional Greek salad recipe (Horiatiki) is actually really simple. Fresh juicy tomatoes, green peppers, red onions, olives and feta along with dried oregano and a splash of olive oil and red wine vinegar.
What is the herb used in a Greek Salad recipe?
Lots of recipes call for a mixture of fresh herbs, often including mint. After many trips to Greece, I’ve found that the most traditional Greek Salad recipes only ever seem to include dried oregano. This is also great news for whipping this recipe up from your store cupboard.
Although I do like to add fresh mint to my Greek Salad recipe if I have it, as it adds some extra freshness.
How do you make the dressing in a Greek Salad recipe?
The dressing for a Greek Salad recipe is best kept simple, just a good glug of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Red Wine Vinegar. The recipe below suggests quantities, but you can adjust to your own taste too.
Is there lettuce in a Greek Salad recipe?
No, there’s no lettuce in a traditional Greek Salad recipe. Of course, you can add it if you fancy, but be sure to only stir through at the last minute to avoid the dressing making the lettuce soggy.
Is Greek Salad healthy?
A portion of Greek Salad is packed with heaps of vegetables (and fruit = tomatoes, as my children would remind me!). If you’re on a low fat diet (for example the Slimming World plan) you can reduce or measure and count the Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Feta used.
What can you serve with Greek Salad?
A good Greek Salad recipe goes brilliantly with any barbecue dishes, grilled fish or chicken. It also makes a delicious packed lunch.
Tips for making this Greek Salad recipe:
- Dress the Greek Salad salad just before serving to avoid the tomatoes and cucumber going soft.
- A great quality, sharp knife will honestly change your cooking life. This is one of my favourites that I use every single day. The difference when cutting ripe tomatoes is unbelievable: Cooks Knife on Amazon.
- Adjust the ratio of vinegar to olive oil to suit your own taste.
- Because lots of people have asked, the bowls in these photos are these ones (they are even more BEAUTIFUL in ‘the flesh’): Porcelain Pasta Dish on Amazon.
Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. I’d love to know how you got on and what you thought of it if you make this Easy Greek Salad recipe. Please rate the recipe and leave me a comment below if you do.
Also, if you fancy showing me a photo by tagging me on Instagram (@tamingtwins) I LOVE to see your creations.
How to make the Greek Salad recipe:
Greek Salad Recipe
For the Greek Salad:
- 400 g Tomatoes Chopped into bitesize pieces
- 1 Red onion Chopped into thin pieces
- 1 Green pepper Chopped into bitesize pieces
- Half Cucumber Chopped into bitesize pieces
- 100 g Black olives Drained
- 200 g Feta cheese
For the dressing:
- 1 Clove Garlic Peeled and crushed
- 1 tsp Dried oregano
- 20 g Fresh mint Finely chopped
- 3 tbsp Red wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp Lemon juice
- 4 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Put all of the salad ingredients together in a shallow bowl.
- Combine the dressing ingredients together and whisk well.
- When ready to serve, pour the dressing over the salad and stir well.