Authentic Greek Salad

One of my favorite things in the world is to eat is a Greek salad….preferably in Greece! An Authentic Greek salad is essentially a bowl of Mediterranean goodness that never gets old. With the salty and creamy feta cheese, oregano, kalamata olives, cucumber, crisp peppers and sweet tomatoes, your taste buds will be jumping for joy!

greek salad topped with a block of feta cheese drizzled in olive oil and oregano

I was pumped to eat all the Greek salads when I was in Greece, and I did with almost every meal! But I was stunned to learn Greek salads are not the same as what I had been eating for years in the States.

What I Learned Traveling to Greece

In Greece, Greek salads don’t include salad greens. No romaine lettuce, spinach or arugula in this salad! You’ll be served a bowl filled with all the freshly chopped veggies, which are chopped into huge chunks not diced. To top it all off, a beautiful giant block of the finest feta cheese you have ever tasted is placed as the crown, sprinkled with oregano and drizzled with olive oil and a splash of red wine vinegar….isn’t your mouth watering!

Greek salad served  in a bowl a restaurant in Santorini, Greece
One of my many Greek salads in Santorini, Greece!

Fun fact: In Greece, there’s no Greek salad dressing just good old olive oil and red wine vinegar! Since olive oil is the main part of the “dressing,” I highly recommend using good quality olive oil.

Nothing beats eating an authentic Greek salad while living your best life in Greece, but I’m gonna do my best to transport your taste buds to Greece with this recipe!

Authentically prepared Greek salad in a large serving bowl with tongs in the bowl

Greek Salad Ingredients

Green Peppers: Not red, orange or yellow – only green I’ve learned! Cut the pepper horizontally to get wavy rings and then cut in half to make smaller.

Tomatoes: The freshest tomatoes chopped in large wedges.

Kalamata Olives: Not sliced just thrown in whole.

Red Onion: Chopped into large thin slices.

Cucumber: Cut into bite sized chunks.

Feta Cheese: I usually buy feta crumbled, but in Greece it always came in a large chunk, usually a square or triangle shape.

Oregano: Sprinkled generously over the masterpiece!

Olive Oil: Europeans don’t go skimpy on the olive oil, so bring on the heart healthy fats 🙂

Red Wine Vinegar: A splash of this and you’re good to go!

close up of Greek salad in two small bowls

The best part is that this takes little time to put together! I sometimes change up the recipe by adding lemon juice, garlic, or other herbs like parsley, but nothing beats traditional! Pair the Greek salad with my za’atar tofu wraps for lunch or my spinach and feta turkey burgers for dinner and your taste buds will be transported to the Mediterranean!

Authentic Greek Salad

In Greece, I ate authentic Greek salad so often that I learned what really goes into a recipe! Make this at home to transport your taste buds to Greece!
Course Salad
Cuisine Greek, Mediterranean
Keyword authentic, traditional
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Monica Nedeff

Ingredients

  • 2 green peppers
  • 4 medium vine ripe tomatoes
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives
  • 1 block of feta cheese
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano (or to your liking)
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 2.5 tbsp red wine vinegar

Instructions

  • Chop all the veggies into chunks and toss in a large bowl.
  • Add the kalamata olives in whole not chopped.
  • Place the block of feta cheese on top of the veggies.
  • Sprinkle the dried oregano over the salad.
  • Drizzle the olive oil and red wine vinegar when ready to serve.

Notes

  1. I use a 2:1 olive oil to red wine vinegar ratio since olive oil is the main emphasis.
For Chopping Veggies:
  1. Peppers – Cut horizontally to get wavy rings and then cut in half to make smaller.
  2. Tomatoes – Cut into thin wedges.
  3. Red Onion – thinly sliced.
  4. Cucumber – Cut into bite sized pieces.

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