Our Best Greek Salad

This Greek salad is simple to make and filled with some of our all time favorite ingredients. Cucumbers, tomato, onion, olives and feta come together for a seriously good salad.

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Greek Salad Recipe Video

Related: We love this homemade Caesar salad!

Greek Salad Ingredients

Like most of our favorite salads, this Greek salad recipe only calls for simple, fresh ingredients. Here’s the list for you, the full recipe is found in the recipe area below.

Bowl filled with a Greek salad with bread and dipping oil to the side.
  • Cucumbers — Use fresh, crisp cucumbers. If the skins are on the thicker side, consider peeling some or all of it away. You can use just about any cucumber for this salad. In the photos and video, we’ve used a hothouse cucumber, which has a thin skin and very few seeds.
  • Tomatoes — Just like the cucumbers, you can use any type of fresh tomato you have access to. Simply slice or dice them into bite-size pieces.
  • Onion — We like to use red or sweet onion for Greek salad. If you are sensitive to the raw bite of onion, take our advice in the recipe and video for de-flaming the onions. By adding the sliced onions to a bath of cold water for a few minutes, draining and then rinsing, they are a little less fiery, but still have all the crunch and sweetness of raw onion.
  • Olives — In an authentic Greek salad, you’ll likely see Kalamata olives added with the pits still inside. If you are worried about someone biting into an olive pit, feel free to use pitted olives instead.
  • Feta Cheese — It’s the cheese that really brings this salad together for me. I love adding big pieces of feta to the salad and try to buy the best feta I can find (which is always sold in blocks, not crumbles).
  • Bell Pepper — While we didn’t add them in the salad photographed, green bell peppers are pretty common in Greek salad so if you have them, slice them up and add them.
  • Oregano, Salt, Pepper, Olive Oil & Vinegar — We don’t pre-make a dressing for this easy Greek salad and instead add everything to taste just before serving. You can even do this right at the table. The only thing I do add ahead of time is the dried seasonings (salt, pepper and oregano). By seasoning the veggies at least 5 minutes before serving, they start to release their own tasty juices, which eventually mingles with the vinegar and olive oil when they are added. For a different spin, take a look at our Greek salad with creamy yogurt dressing.
Olive oil being poured over a Greek salad.

More: If you love Greek salads, like we do, take a look at our Briny Greek Pasta Salad. It has many of the ingredients you see here.

How to make the best Greek salad

Greek salad is one of the quickest, simplest salads you can make and we love it for it. Simply chop or slice the freshest cucumber, tomatoes, and onion you can find, and then add to a bowl with big hunks of feta cheese, olives, salt, oregano, pepper, a splash of red wine vinegar, and a drizzle of really good olive oil. Easy!

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A bowl filled with a salad made of cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, red onion, and feta cheese.

Our Best Greek Salad

  • PREP

Greek salad is simple to make and filled with some of our all time favorite ingredients. Cucumbers, tomato, onion, olives and feta come together for a seriously good salad. For the best Greek salad, use the freshest ingredients you can find.

Makes 3 to 4 small servings

Watch Us Make the Recipe

You Will Need

8 ounces ripe tomatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces or sliced

1/2 large (6 ounces) English or hothouse cucumber, sliced into half moons

1/2 small (2 ounces) red onion, thinly sliced

1 medium green bell pepper, sliced, optional

3/4 cup (4 ounces) Kalamata olives

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, plus more to taste

3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more to taste

3/4 teaspoon dried oregano, plus more for serving

3 to 4 ounces feta cheese, cut into generous slices

Salt and fresh ground black pepper


    1Optional: De-flame the onions by slicing, and then adding to a bowl filled with cold water. Set aside for 10 minutes, drain, and then rinse. This tones down the raw bite of the onions, while keeping them crisp.

    2Combine the tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, bell pepper, olives, oregano, 1/4 teaspoon of fine sea salt, and a generous amount of fresh ground black pepper in a large salad bowl. Toss well, and then set aside for five minutes.

    3Toss the salad once more and drizzle over the red wine vinegar and olive oil. Nestle the feta into the top of the salad, add an extra sprinkle of oregano on top and serve.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.

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Nutrition Per Serving Serving Size 1/4 of the recipe / Calories 226 / Total Fat 19.8g / Saturated Fat 6.2g / Cholesterol 25.1mg / Sodium 617.8mg / Total Carbohydrate 9.3g / Dietary Fiber 2.7g / Total Sugars 4.6g / Protein 5.4g
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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7 comments… Leave a Review
  • Linda Sordel October 29, 2023, 5:45 pm

    This is really good. It reminds me of a salad I used to get in Tarpon Sorings, FL. This city has the largest Greek population in the United States. There’s a restaurant famous for their Greek salad and they would add a dollop of potatoe salad. It was so good.

  • Nicola April 9, 2021, 5:56 pm

    It’s very hard for me to find a good salad, but i’ve been making this 2/3 times a week for lunch and i just love it so much. I occasionally add prawns to it and it taste even better. Thank you for the recipe.

  • Dave_F November 9, 2020, 1:31 pm

    I’ll try this as soon as I can. Does anyone know how long this would keep in the fridge?

    • Adam July 2, 2021, 3:10 pm

      Hi Dave, The salad should keep (covered) for a day or two in the fridge.

  • john October 19, 2020, 6:16 pm

    Made, this it’s very good. big serving too. i love how simple and easy it was to make

  • Claire May 8, 2020, 5:41 pm

    please add me to your free newsletter. you food looks delicious!!

  • Niko April 26, 2020, 11:16 am

    Thank you for getting it right. This truly is a Greek Salad. Us Greeks NEVER add lettuce to it. Thank you for being culturally aware of a true recipe, and not bastardizing it with a new, U.S. version of it.


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