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Greek Salad

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Last Updated on September 9, 2019 by Lisa Johnson

I have an incredibly difficult recipe for you all today, a traditional Greek Salad. {insert sarcasm}  This is another one of those recipes that makes you start laughing as you prepare to type the “recipe” on the screen. To be honest, there is no right or wrong way to make this salad. Feel free to throw in whatever ingredients you have on hand…..

A fresh Greek Salad on a white plate sitting on a bright blue napkin

What is in a Greek Salad?

A Greek Salad is made with diced tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, thinly sliced onion, feta cheese, and Kalamata olives. It is typically dressed with olive oil, salt and oregano.

If you look closely, you will see that my salad doesn’t exactly match the recipe or the official description. I did not have red onions to thinly slice, in fact I don’t even like red onions. 😉  I used chopped green onions instead. I also did not have romaine lettuce, so I used a combination of spinach and arugula. The only thing that really matters, is that you shred or slice your lettuce rather than tearing it…..

Greek Salad spinach cookingwithcurls.com

I do not have a Greek grandmother to ask “why we slice instead of tear our lettuce”? It actually showed up in a few different recipes, so we will just assume that they had their reasons. I have always sliced my lettuce for salads anyway, so I just went with it.

Traditional Greek Salad with Creamy Feta Dressing | cookingwithcurls.com

Feel free to use halved grape tomatoes, or quartered Roma tomatoes. A tomato is a tomato right? Go ahead and go crazy, chop up a Beefsteak tomato!

I divided the lettuce, tomatoes, Kalmata olives, feta cheese, an herbs among four plates/containers and served them with the Creamy Feta Dressing on the side…..

Creamy Feta Dressing served on the side of a Greek Salad

You could also place all of your salad ingredients in a large bowl, drizzle with dressing and gently toss to combine. I would not suggest adding the dressing to the salad ahead of time if you are planning to take your salad on a picnic or to work with you for lunch, your lettuce will get soggy! 🙁

If Creamy Feta Dressing is not your thing, feel free to drizzle your salad with a good quality Greek olive oil.

Next month we will be sharing our Cooking with Astrology Picnic with our Virgo friends. I can hear all of you clapping with excitement! 😉 {insert more sarcasm}

Here is a recap of this month’s Greek picnic recipes:

Cooking with Astrology #Leo Greek Picnic | cookingwithcurls.com | #eggplantdip #sesamecrackers #greeksalad #creamyfetadressing #summerymeatpie #pistachioicecream

Greek Eggplant Dip {Melitzanosalata}

Sesame Crackers

Greek Salad with Creamy Feta Dressing

Greek “Summery” Meat Pie

Pistachio Ice Cream with Pistachio Praline


A fresh Greek Salad on a white plate sitting on a bright blue napkin

Greek Salad

A fresh Greek Salad ready to be served with Creamy Feta Dressing or a good quality Greek olive oil!
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: greek, recipe, tomato, kalmata, olives, cucumber, romaine, feta, salad
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 131kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson


  • 1 head romaine lettuce washed, dried, sliced or shredded
  • ½ English cucumber sliced
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes halved
  • 12 Kalmata olives
  • cups crumbed feta cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped oregano
  • ½ medium red onion thinly sliced (optional)
  • Serve with Feta Dressing


To prepare your salad, you have two choices.

  • #1 - Evenly divide the ingredients between four plates, drizzle with dressing and serve.#2 - Place all ingredients into a large bowl, drizzle with dressing and toss together.


  • Use whatever lettuce you have on hand, but Romaine is traditionally used. I used a combination of spinach and arugula.
  • Serve with Creamy Feta Dressing or drizzle with a good quality Greek olive oil.


Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 482mg | Potassium: 581mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 14240IU | Vitamin C: 14.8mg | Calcium: 214mg | Iron: 2.5mg

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