A view into a bowl containing a tossed salad. Visible in the bowl is an array of vegetables including lettuce, half cherry tomatoes, halved large blace olives, red bell pepper, and cucumber slices tossed with pieces of crumbled feta cheese. The vegetables are glistening due to being tossed with dressing.

Greek Salad (Salata)

Greek Salad, or Salata, is a recipe that we discovered one Thanksgiving, and we’ve been making it ever since. This Greek Salad is simple and flavorful. It makes a great starter, or side dish to any meal with Mediterranean flavors. It’s also the perfect accompaniment for grilled meat. The combination of flavors are light, fresh, but still robust. I’m telling you. This salad is amazing.

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The recipe for Greek Salad, Salata, came from a children’s cookbook, and it’s supposed to be representative of a true Greek salad, but I can’t verify that. I’ve never been to Greece. I would give credit to the author, and the book, but after a decade, our library no longer has that cookbook, so I can’t share the source of the original recipe. At the time, the cookbook was very old and worn, which made me suspect that the recipes were good. That was several years ago.

At the time, Bus boy was interested in learning to cook, and we try to encourage our children to pursue their interests whenever possible. Since he has always been our pickiest eater, we hoped that encouraging him to cook would help him to increase his food repertoire and try more things.

He selected this Greek salad recipe from the cookbook, and we prepared it as a starter for Thanksgiving Dinner. He helped to tear the lettuce into the bowl, and set about cutting the cherry tomatoes while I chopped the rest of the vegetables.

A bowl filled with torn pieces of Romaine lettuce with varying shades of green.
The Greek Salad begins with a base of torn romaine lettuce.

The salad took longer to prepare than it would have if I’d done the work myself, but he enjoyed making the salad, so it was time well spent. Once it was finished, Baker’s Man and I fell in love with the combination of flavors in this recipe.

What you will need to prepare the Greek Salad (Salata)

From the Pantry

  • red wine vinegar
  • fresh garlic
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • dried oregano
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • black olives

From the Refrigerator

  • romaine lettuce
  • cherry tomatoes
  • cucumber
  • bell pepper (The recipe calls for green, but I used red today.)
  • scallions
  • feta cheese

This Greek salad, made from simple ingredients, tasted amazing. Baker’s Man and I really enjoyed it. My brother’s family shared some of the salad with us, and they fell in love, too.

A circular arrangement of cucumber slices, halved red cherry tomatoes, thin strips of red bell pepper, halved black olives, sliced green onions and a pile of crumbled ricotta cheese in the center.

The most time consuming part of this recipe is cutting up the vegetables, but that doesn’t really take much time if you’ve got a sharp knife. It takes much longer if you’re being assisted by a 7 year old who wants to precisely tear the lettuce and cut the cherry tomatoes for you. However long it takes, it’s worth the time and effort.

Did having Bus Boy help make the salad encourage him to eat it? Unfortunately, the answer is “No.” He adamantly refused to try even one bite of lettuce or one piece of cherry tomato. He did boast, however, that he made the salad to everyone who enjoyed it. Is it just me, or are you suspicious when a cook won’t eat their own cooking? Let me know in the comments below.

A view into a bowl containing a tossed salad. Visible in the bowl is an array of vegetables including lettuce, half cherry tomatoes, halved large blace olives, red bell pepper, and cucumber slices tossed with pieces of crumbled feta cheese. The vegetables are glistening due to being tossed with dressing.

We’ve made this Greek salad several times over the years, and we love it like this as a side dish, but we also love to have this salad topped with grilled chicken and served with a side of warm pita bread. It’s like one of those fancy restaurant salads, only it’s healthier, tastes better, and it doesn’t cost as much.

A plate containing a grilled chicken breast that is coated with an herb seasoning with light carmelization visibile on the meat. It is plated wtih a piece of pita bread a dollop of a reddish dip, and half of the plate is covered with the Greel Salad (Salata).

You really need to give this salad a try. We know you’ll fall in love with it, too. The only exception to this is if you don’t like garlic. The addition of the fresh garlic clove to the dressing definitely gives a strong taste of garlic. We love this, but one of my friends isn’t a huge fan of garlic, so this wouldn’t be her favorite dressing.

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A view into a bowl containing a tossed salad. Visible in the bowl is an array of vegetables including lettuce, half cherry tomatoes, halved large blace olives, red bell pepper, and cucumber slices tossed with pieces of crumbled feta cheese. The vegetables are glistening due to being tossed with dressing.

Greek Salad (Salata)

This is a simple and flavorful salad that makes a great starter or a side dish to any meal with Mediterranean flavors. The total cost for this very flavorful salad is $8.41 or about $1.41 per serving. You can turn this salad into a complete meal by serving it topped with grilled chicken and with a side of warmed pita bread.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 6
Calories 209 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Salad

  • 1/2 large head Romaine lettuce torn into pieces ($0.80)
  • 10 cherry tomatoes halved ($0.99)
  • 1 cucumber peeled and sliced ($0.34)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper cored, seeded, and sliced ($0.50)
  • 5 scallions thinly sliced ($0.49)
  • 1 cup (about 6 oz) feta cheese broken into chunks ($2.99)
  • 12 – 16 black (or Greek) olives pitted ($0.99)

For the Dressing

  • 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar ($0.50)
  • 1 clove garlic very finely chopped ($0.05)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt ($0.01)
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper ($0.01)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano ($0.04)
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil ($0.70)

Instructions
 

Prepare the Dressing

  • Place red wine vinegar, finely chopped garlic, vinegar, salt, pepper, and dried oregano in a bowl and whisk together.
  • While whisking constantly, add olive oil, and mix well until combined.
  • Set Aside.

Assemble the Salad

  • Arrange lettuce in a large salad bowl
  • Add tomatoes, cucumber, green pepper, scallions, feta cheese, and olives to the bowl
  • Stir the dressing again and pour over the salad.
  • Toss to mix well
  • Serve immediately

Notes

If you’re not a fan of green bell peppers substitute red, yellow, or orange peppers for the green. 
Keyword bell pepper, black olives, black pepper, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, dried oregano, extra virgin olive oil, feta cheese, garlic, green onion, red wine vinegar, romaine lettuce, salt, scallions

The following nutrition information was calculated for one serving (one-sixth) of the Greek Salad (Salata) prepared according to the recipe above.

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10 thoughts on “Greek Salad (Salata)

  1. 5 stars
    This is really tasty and super easy to make! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing greek salad salata recipe! Will surely have this again! Highly recommended!

  2. 5 stars
    This was such a great recipe for greek salad! The red wine vinegar in the dressing really made such a difference. We loved it

    1. Chandice, thank you for the kind words. As I said in the post, I can’t vouch for the authenticity since I’ve never been to Greece, so I’m glad you authenticated it for me. All I knew for certain is that this salad is delicious, and Baker’s Man is in love with the dressing.

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