Simple Greek Salad and Dressing

A simple Greek salad is so healthy and fast to throw together, and divine when tossed with this easy and light homemade dressing!

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A stream of homemade Greek salad dressing being poured onto a Greek salad.

This simple Greek salad is not new to the blog, nor do I make any claims that it’s a revolutionary culinary creation. But, it is one of my very favorite go-to side dishes, and as a result, I thought it very much deserved some updated photos and recognition.

I love something that is so simple and easy to throw together, even at a moment’s notice. There’s also something wonderful about the combination of flavors and textures here – bright, juicy cherry tomatoes; bold Kalamata olives; creamy, salty Feta cheese; and plenty of fresh cruciferous crunch from cucumber, red onion, and lettuce.

Yes, I like to use romaine lettuce in my Greek salads, even though I think many “traditional” versions opt out of lettuce altogether. Certainly I’ve been known to skip it myself when I didn’t happen to have lettuce and didn’t feel like making a trip to the store. Delicious either way – to each his own!

Overhead picture of a simple Greek salad with romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, cucumber, red onion, and feta cheese.

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The other part of this that I have to underscore is the amazing salad dressing. It’s very light and flavorful, and consists of basic pantry items mixed with fresh dill. So simple!

I very often have a jar of this dressing in the fridge. It is so easy to make, keeps a long time, and one batch goes a pretty long way – through at least three salad nights in my house.

Just store it in a small container – a mason jar or anything with a very tight-fitting lid will do – and give it another vigorous shake before serving again. I love it over the full Greek salad, but it’s equally good just to dress up some chopped cucumbers and tomatoes for the most delicious 2-ingredient salad you’ll ever come across!

Photo of a simple Greek salad with romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, cucumber, red onion, and feta cheese.

A stream of homemade Greek salad dressing being poured onto a Greek salad.

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Simple Greek Salad and Dressing

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Total

Yield 4-6 servings

A simple Greek salad is so healthy and easy to throw together, and divine when tossed with an easy and light homemade dressing!

Ingredients

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil 
  • 2 tbsp. minced fresh dill 
  • 1 tsp. dried organo 
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the salad:

  • 1 head romaine lettuce, sliced or torn into bite-sized pieces
  • half of a small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1-2 handfuls pitted kalamata olives
  • 1-2 handfuls cherry tomatoes, halved
  • half of a large cucumber, peeled if desired, and sliced into thin medallions
  • handful of crumbled feta cheese

Instructions

  1. Submerge sliced red onion in a small bowl of cold water. Set aside to soak for about 15 minutes while you prepare the rest of the salad. 
  2. To make the dressing, combine all ingredients in a small bowl or jar with a tightly fitting lid, and shake well to combine. (This can be done in advance and stored in the fridge for at least a week. Simply give the dressing another strong shake before adding it to the salad.) 
  3. To assemble the salad, add lettuce to a large bowl. Drizzle with 2-3 tablespoons dressing and toss to coat. Drain red onions and pat dry with a cloth or paper towel. Add onions, olives, tomatoes, and cucumber to the lettuce; toss to combine. Taste and add additional dressing as desired. Top with a generous crumble of feta, and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 2 cups

Amount Per Serving

Calories 220

% Daily Value

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Simple Greek salad and homemade dressing | This classic is so healthy, easy to whip up at home, and divine when tossed with a light, easy homemade dressing. #greeksalad #saladdressing

7 Comments

  • Reply
    Agness of Run Agness Run
    December 20, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Yum! A Greek salad seems like an awesome recipe and a great addition to many dishes, Monica! I fell in love with your healthy and nutrient-dense salad recipe. 😉

    • Reply
      Monica
      December 21, 2017 at 2:22 am

      Thanks, Agness, so glad you like it!

  • Reply
    Lisa
    December 14, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Greek salads are my go-to, easy, flavorful and healthy! This recipe is making me hungry. 🙂

  • Reply
    chris
    December 14, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    Your photos are absolutely stunning!! This salads looks so fresh and delicious, can’t wait to give it a go!

  • Reply
    Hannah
    December 14, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    A dressing is something that can complete every meal, I just love to spice it up with some mixes. 🙂 LOVE IT!

  • Reply
    Diana
    December 14, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Simple, easy, quick, healthy and delicious! Gotta love such salads

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    Rebecca
    December 14, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    this looks as delicious as it is simple! yum

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