Greek Salad or Horiatiki Salad is an easy, delicious and versatile salad that is perfect with a lot of main dishes. This traditional Greek salad only takes about 10 minutes to make, and is perfect as a light lunch or paired with main dishes.
Looking for more salad inspiration? Try this Honey Pineapple Rainbow Fruit Salad or Easy Creamy Summer Macaroni Salad Recipe.
I make a lot of recipes ranging from different cuisines, and one of my favorite ways to eat is to pair recipes from different cuisines together. It's like having the world on your plate, and eating dishes that belong from different countries and cultures.
I love this Greek Salad, because it basically pairs perfectly with pretty much EVERYTHING I make. So that makes it a very versatile salad, right?
Seriously, I make this salad almost everyday and it goes perfectly with dishes like spicy biryani, cheesy lasagne, and spinach chicken curry (yum!), grilled chicken, and basically everything.
My husband loves this salad so much that he says he just wants to eat this, instead of all the other recipes I make.
And I make a ton of delicious recipes. I mean that's my job as a food blogger. 😛
What Is It Made With?
Traditional Greek Salad is made with simple, fresh ingredients. There is no lettuce in Greek Salad.
It's usually served with the tomatoes, olives, cucumber and onion on the base topped with a big hunk of feta cheese.
In the pictures here, you can see that I've used cubed feta, but if you're going for a completely traditional Greek Salad, then you can top it with a big piece of feta.
Lucky me though, because this is the easiest salad ever. It takes only 10 minutes and as always you can adjust it according to your tastes.
Ingredients You'll Need
- Cherry tomatoes
- Red onion
- Black olives (traditionally Kalamata olives are used)
- Feta cheese (yum!)
The Delicious Dressing
You only need two ingredients for the greek salad dressing: excellent quality extra virgin olive oil and dried oregano. A lot of recipes call for red wine vinegar as well, but since I didn't have any on hand I didn't add it to the salad.
Just seven ingredients and ten minutes. That's all you need to make this Greek Salad, which I guarantee you'll want to eat all summer long.
Just make sure to use quality, fresh ingredients since that makes a big difference in salads.
If you want to go for an authentic greek salad, then I would suggest using kalamata olives (I couldn't find them here - so I went with black olives) and green bell pepper.
I had actually planned to add green bell pepper to the salad, but I totally forgot.
So if you're wanting to make a super authentic greek salad, then I would highly suggest adding kalamata olives and sliced green bell pepper.
However you make this salad, it always turns out delicious. Probably because of the feta cheese (which is my favorite cheese). Cheese always makes everything better, doesn't it? :p
What to Pair it With
Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken
Crispy Lemon Chicken with Creamy Garlic Penne
Baked Greek Chicken and Oregano Rice
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes sliced in half
- 2 cucumbers sliced in half lengthwise, and then cut into thick wedges
- 1 medium red onion thinly sliced
- 1 cup black olives pitted
- 10 oz creamy feta cheese cut into chunks
- In a mixing bowl whisk together the olive oil and oregano.
- Add the cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion and olives and toss so that the dressing coats the salad evenly.
- Top with chunks of feta cheese and sprinkle with more oregano if desired.
If you don’t want to use red wine vinegar in Greece they also make a dressing using olive oil and fresh lemon juice. And of course greek oregano and sea salt. Kali Orexi!
Been making it for years since I left Turkey in 1970!!
Greek salad are ones of the best Greek foods. It become my favorite because I tasted one in El Greco, a known greek food restaurant. They serve the best salad, rotisserie chicken and wraps. My boyfriend and I are getting their food a lot thru online-ordering because they are giving away offers and discounts.
We love Greek salads and always ate them with lettuce. But we had a new restaurant built near us about 2 years ago and they had this exact Greek salad on the menu. Unfortunately they took it off the menu because they weren't selling many that way. WHAT...shocked for we would go there just for that. My husband loved it so much that I make them at home all the time now. You actually taste the veggies this way and enjoy all the delicious flavors. I do dice up the feta. the olives are so delicious. We make this at least once a week. I always add oregano to the top of the salad and use olive oil and red vinegar for a dressing. We lick the bowl. I was happy to see this authentic salad on here so many will realize the authentic way to make it. Thanks for sharing!
This was delicious! I added Chicken & lettuce to make it a main dish,main dish, used Kalamata olives & added red wine vinegar. So wonderful for Keto dinner - thank you!
Megan @ MegUnprocessed
Love the fresh ingredients! So bright, colorful, and healthy!
Mmm this looks delicious!
Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons
I love greek flavors and I love how easy this salad is!