This is the Greek Salad Recipe I've been making for years and it is still the best one I've tried. It's the perfect healthy recipe to indulge in fresh summer veggies. You will LOVE it!

The Best Greek Salad Recipe in a wooden salad bowl with salad tongs in it.

The Best Greek Salad Recipe is at it again. This marks the second anniversary of Throw Back Thursdays.  Love #tbt! You guys, the years are FLYING by!

One thing that has held constant throughout the years is this Greek salad. We make it all the time and it never fails.

I know you might be thinking that the title of this post is a bit of an exaggeration but I assure you that, if anything, the title plays down how good this Greek salad is. I had thought of calling this The Best Greek Salad in the Whole Entire Universe, but I thought that might be overdoing it a bit.

I normally like Greek salad but not THAT much. You know, on occasion, if someone else makes it I'll put a little on my plate. Then I'll take a few bites and usually leave some behind.

But with this salad … Oh, my. I'm almost embarrassed to admit how much I like it. If it's true that you are what you eat then there's no doubt I'm well on my way to becoming a giant bowl of Greek salad.

What makes this the best Greek salad recipe?

I've got a couple of tricks that make this the best Greek salad I've ever had.

  • The tomatoes. Unless I'm lucky enough to score tomatoes from a friend's garden, I always use cherry tomatoes. These little guys are much sweeter and more reliable year-round.
  • Fresh herbs. I love love love the flavor of using fresh herbs in my Greek salad. It totally kicks it up a notch.
  • The dressing. I like to use two different kinds of vinegar (don't worry, you have them both in your pantry), brine from the feta, some of my fav herbs, and really great olive oil. The combo is amazing.

A close up of the best Greek salad in a wooden bowl.

How to make Greek salad

One of the reasons we eat this salad so often is that it is so quick and easy to make. Here's what you do:

  1. Whisk the Greek salad dressing ingredients together in a small bowl. (Or double the dressing recipe so you can skip this step when you make the salad tomorrow.)
  2. Chop the veggies and add them to a salad bowl with the salty feta and olives then toss them with the salad dressing.

See how ridiculously easy that was?

Greek salad dressing being poured over Greek salad in a wooden bowl.

Greek salad ingredients

With only 6 ingredients (and an easy to make salad dressing) you can whip up this Greek salad in no time flat.

  1. Tomatoes. These can make or break the salad. If it's the height of summer when tomatoes are juicy and sweet, go ahead and use full-sized tomatoes. If it's spring, fall, or winter, use cherry tomatoes.
  2. Bell peppers. Most restaurant-style Greek salad will have green bell peppers, but I personally prefer a mix of colors.
  3. Cucumbers. Both English cucumbers and mini cucumbers both work. In a pinch, you could use field cucumbers, but they are not typically as crunchy.
  4. Red onion. Make sure it is thinly sliced so it's not over-powering.
  5. Feta cheese. The star of Greek salad! I prefer the style that is packed in brine so I can use some of it in the dressing.
  6. Kalamata olives. These salty black olives are delicious. I like to leave them whole as I'm a big olive fan.

Greek Salad Dressing

  • Start with the very best olive oil you have in your pantry.
  • I use two different kinds of vinegar (red wine vinegar and balsamic vinegar) as I find the combination really takes the dressing to the next level.
  • Feta brine. This is the water that feta is (almost always) packed in. It is salty and delicious.
  • Herbs. I love the flavor of fresh dill, so I add it whenever I've thought ahead enough to buy it.
  • Lemon juice brightens up the flavor.
  • A little garlic and a little salt. You don't want much salt as the olives and feta cheese are both very salty.

Because we love this Greek salad dressing so much, I often make a double or triple batch so we can have Greek salad a few times throughout the week.

The original photo of The Best Greek Salad recipe (2014)

The Best Greek Salad Recipe


If you’re interested in learning a few tricks that I did to improve my food photography, check out the posts 10 Food Photography Tips for New Food Bloggers and The 10 Best Food Photography Props to Improve Your Food Photography and The Food Photography Equipment I Use


The best Greek salad recipe in a wooden bowl.

Remember to subscribe to THE ENDLESS MEAL'S NEWSLETTER for FREE to get healthy and delicious recipes each week + our cookbook!

Favorite Summer Salad Recipes:

Print
This is the Greek Salad Recipe I've been making for years and it is still the best one I've tried. It's the perfect healthy recipe to indulge in fresh summer veggies. You will LOVE it!  | theendlessmeal.com

The Best Greek Salad Recipe

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Greek

Description

This is the Greek Salad Recipe I've been making for years and it is still the best one I've tried. It's the perfect healthy recipe to indulge in fresh summer veggies. You will LOVE it!


✨ If you love this Greek Salad Recipe as much as I do, make sure to give it a 5-star review in the comments below!


Scale

Ingredients

The Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup of the best quality olive oil you can get
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of the feta brine (*see note)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 clove of garlic, very finely minced
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon

The Greek Salad:

  • 2 bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 English cucumber, chopped
  • 1 pint of cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled or cut into small pieces (*see note)
  • ½ cup of pitted black kalamata olives

Instructions

  1. To make the dressing, whisk the olive oil, red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, feta brine, dill, oregano, sea salt, garlic, and lemon juice in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Cut all the veggies so that they are roughly the same size. Add the bell peppers, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, red onion, feta cheese, and olives to a large bowl. Pour the dressing over the top and toss to coat.
  3. Enjoy!

Notes

*I've placed this salad in the vegan recipe category even though feta is obviously not vegan. To keep this salad vegan either omit the feta (and the brine from the dressing) or substitute a vegan feta cheese in its place.

What to serve with Greek salad?

On a hot summer day, I love to serve Greek salad with some grilled chicken (like this Grilled Mustard Chicken). In the winter, we often opt for pan seared or roasted chicken thighs. That combination of this fresh salad with the chicken is incredible and you really don't need anything else for dinner.

If you like a heartier meal, try serving it with one of these potato side dish recipes:

More Greek Recipes:

SAVE FOR LATER! This is the Greek Salad Recipe I've been making for years and it is still the best one I've tried. It's the perfect healthy recipe to indulge in fresh summer veggies. You will LOVE it! | gluten-free + vegetarian + easily vegan | #theendlessmeal #salad #greeksalad #greek #tomatoes #summerrecipes #tomatoes #glutenfree #vegetarian #vegetarianrecipes #cucumbers #sidedish #healthyrecipes