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Greek Side Salad

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Indulge in the vibrant flavors of a crisp and delicious Greek Side Salad – a refreshing medley of romaine lettuce, ripe tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, Kalamata olives, and creamy feta cheese, drizzled with creamy feta dressing.

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

What is in a Greek Salad?

A Classic 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.

I was looking to recreate a side salad with strips of lettuce, like the one served at a local Greek restaurant, as part of a Greek-inspired picnic lunch.

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. Feel free to substitute arugula, spinach, or your favorite lettuce at home.

Greek side salad on a small plate.

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.

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

Greek Side Salad

Greek Side Salad – a medley of romaine lettuce, ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, Kalamata olives, feta cheese, drizzled with creamy feta dressing.
5 from 1 vote
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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
  • 0.5 English cucumber sliced
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes halved
  • 12 Kalmata olives
  • .57 cups crumbed feta cheese two-thirds cup
  • 1 tablespoon chopped, fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped, fresh oregano leaves
  • 0.5 medium red onion thinly sliced
  • Serve with Creamy 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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