Traditional Greek Salad

Are you looking for a delicious and healthy salad? Look no further than a traditional Greek salad! Made with crisp lettuce, juicy tomatoes, tangy feta cheese, and briny black olives, this salad is a refreshing and flavorful meal. Top it off with a drizzle of homemade Greek salad dressing for the perfect finishing touch.

Traditional Greek salad on two plates and the dressing in a small pitcher.

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What Makes This Traditional Greek Salad So Good? 

An authentic Greek Salad is tart and bright with a subtle saltiness reminiscent of a summer day at the Mediterranean seaside. This version of Greek Salad is loaded with crunchy vegetables and creamy feta cheese over a bed of lightly dressed leaf lettuce.

It’s so delicious that you will want to make it again and again. Thank goodness this Greek Salad recipe is so easy!

Why This Greek Salad Makes for the Perfect Light Lunch

Some folks think vegetarian salads aren’t main course worthy. Well, this Greek Salad with lettuce will prove them wrong. Sure, you could add a piece of grilled chicken if you want, but there is no need.

As it is, this classic Greek salad is as filling and much healthier than your average brown bag lunch. 

Greek Salad Ingredients

For the salad dressing, you’ll need:

  • Red wine vinegar
  • Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • Crushed garlic
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Sugar

For the rest of this traditional Greek salad recipe, you’ll need:

  • Leaf Lettuce
  • Cucumber
  • Yellow onion
  • Olives
  • Feta cheese

Most Greek Salads use crunchy lettuces like romaine, but since these types contain a lot of water, you can wind up with a soggy lunch. Using leaf lettuce prevents that. Choose any leaf lettuce you like. Oak Leaf or Red Leaf are excellent options. 

Kalamata olives are the most popular choice for Greek salad, but feel free to use whichever you prefer. For an extra burst of flavor, try stuffed olives!

Traditional Greek salad and dressing ingredients on a tray.

How to Make a Greek Salad

To mix the easy Greek Salad dressing:

  1. The easiest way to make this dressing is by shaking all the ingredients in a jar. But for a thicker, creamier dressing, try putting all the ingredients in a small bowl except for the olive oil. Then drizzle the oil into the bowl while whisking. 
  2. Keep the dressing in an airtight container in the fridge and shake well before using. 

To assemble the salad:

  1. Chop the lettuce into bite-sized pieces. Place them in a large bowl.
Chopped lettuce for a traditional Greek Salad in a large bowl.
  1. Peel the cucumber and cut off the ends.
  2. Cut the cucumber in half the long way and use a spoon to scrape out all the seeds. 
  3. Dice the deseeded cucumber and tomatoes into half-inch pieces. 
  4. Finely slice the yellow onion. 
  5. In a large mixing bowl, toss the lettuce with the dressing.
  6. Add the diced cucumbers and tomatoes, sliced yellows, olives, and feta cheese. 
Traditional Greek Salad ingredients in a large bowl.
  1. Toss the salad gently and serve it on plates or in bowls.
Traditional Greek salad on large salad plates and the dressing in a small pitcher.

Recipe Variation

Add sliced red onions and green bell peppers for extra veggies on the salad.

What to Serve With an Authentic Greek Salad

Do you want to turn your salad into a hearty meal? Here are a few ideas to try:

  • A meze platter loaded with hummus and plenty of grilled pita bread. 
  • Greek-style chicken kabobs with vegetables.
  • Baked Lamb and Feta Meatballs with tzatziki sauce.
  • Grilled whole fish with olive oil, lemon, and dill.

How to Store the Leftovers 

Although finishing the salad the day you make it is best, you can keep any leftovers overnight in an airtight container.

How to Pack Salad for Lunch for the Best Results

If you are preparing a Greek Salad to take with you for lunch, separating each component is a really good idea. You can get specially designed salad bowls with separate compartments for everything or use a few food bags. 

Closeup of a traditional Greek salad.

More Greek Recipes

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Natasha’s Cafe generously submitted this recipe.

Traditional Greek salad on two plates and the dressing in a small pitcher.

Traditional Greek Salad

You can make a traditional Greek salad with this easy recipe.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: Greek Salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 138kcal


Salad Dressing

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons crushed garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar


  • 1/2 pound leaf lettuce finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1 pound cucumbers coarsely chopped (1/2 inch)
  • 2 pounds tomatoes coarsely chopped (1/2 inch)
  • 2 tablespoons Greek olives
  • 4 ounces feta cheese


  • Combine all the salad dressing ingredients and mix well.
  • Combine the lettuce, onion, cucumbers, tomatoes, and salad dressing. Toss to combine.
  • Garnish with feta and olives.


Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 205mg | Potassium: 424mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 3150IU | Vitamin C: 23.4mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 0.8mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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