How to make the best Greek Salad
Greek Salad is a fresh, easy and healthy salad. It’s a great dish to serve with any meal. This recipe makes enough for 4 people to share as an appetizer or side dish, but it can also be doubled for a main dish.
What is Greek Salad
There is a lot of debate about where Greek salad was born. Some say it originated in Greece and others say that it was brought over from Turkey by the Turks. What’s not up for debate, however, is that it’s delicious!
Greek salad typically consists of sliced cucumbers, tomatoes and onions mixed with feta cheese (a salty soft cheese). It is usually dressed with olive oil and vinegar for dressing.
You can also add other ingredients to your Greek salad such as kalamata olives or green peppers to give it more flavour! If you don’t like certain ingredients in your dish then simply omit them!
To make Greek salad, you will need the following ingredients:
- Chopped cucumbers and tomatoes.
- Chopped onions.
- Feta cheese crumbles or feta cheese cut into cubes. Traditionally, feta cheese is salted, but you can use any kind of feta cheese as long as it is firm enough to crumble or cube easily!
Once you have assembled these ingredients, start prepping them by washing them thoroughly in cold water with a little bit of soap on your hands (don’t worry—you don’t need to scrub too hard). Then chop up the cucumber and tomato into small pieces so that they are bite-sized for eating with a fork or spoon; chop up the onion into pieces about 1/2 inch thick; crumble/cut your feta cheese into small pieces (if using cubed). Mix all ingredients together once washed/chopped and then pour dressing over salad mixture until covered thoroughly. Serve with warm pita bread slices alongside to dip in olive oil from dressing bowl!
- The dressing and salad can be made ahead.
- The salad can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days, but you may have to adjust the amount of dressing you serve with it.
- The salad is best served cold or at room temperature as an appetizer or side dish, but feel free to experiment!
- An easy way to incorporate feta cheese into your diet is by sprinkling some feta over your salad or putting it in soups and stews.
- Olives are another great source of flavor and healthy fats that you can add to any meal! Try adding them on top of pizzas or even in salads and pastas! They really go well with anything salty (like feta).
- Oregano is super versatile too! You can use it in place of basil for salads or pizza toppings; I personally love oregano because it has such a strong taste which brings out other flavors really well in dishes like this one here today 🙂 !
- Dill goes well with seafood so if you have fish available at home then why not try adding some fresh dill on top before baking/grilling them? This will make sure that all those delicious juices stay inside so they don’t get wasted while cooking!
Add-ins and Variations
If you’re looking for a way to add some serious flavor and texture, try adding feta cheese, olives and/or capers. You can also add grilled chicken or shrimp. Another option to make this Greek salad even more filling is to add roasted eggplant—the result will be similar to baba ghanoush. Try adding chopped fresh herbs like parsley, cilantro or basil to boost the health benefits of the salad.
Avocado is another tasty addition that can give a creamy feel without adding much fat content at all! Thinly sliced zucchini adds great flavor as well as color; however if you want something crunchier try diced cooked potatoes (white or sweet) instead! Finally remember that beets are actually vegetables and not fruits—so go ahead and slice them up and add them into your Greek salad too!
Greek salad is a great option for a side dish or light lunch. It’s easy to make and the ingredients are ones you probably already have in your kitchen. You can enjoy this on its own, but it also goes well with grilled meats or fish as well.