This easy Greek Salad with feta cheese is one of the simplest no pasta side salads you can make. With all your traditional Mediterranean favorites like tomatoes, Kalamata olives, pepperoncini and of course feta cheese, this no guilt salad is perfect for a summer picnic.
Combine the fresh and vibrant vegetables with your favorite Greek dressing and it becomes the best side dish with a big, bold taste.
Why this recipe works
Fresh and healthy ingredients: Side dishes are often filled with loads of carbs and while that IS wonderful, sometimes crisp cucumbers, ripe tomatoes and bold Greek dressing is the healthiest salad of all. Just like the 1905 Columbia Salad, nothing more to enjoy but earth has provided us and with so many variations of this salad, there is a recipe with exactly what you have in your fridge.
Rustic or Chopped: I personally prefer traditional large pieces of vegetables, but if you want to chop all these Greek flavors down to bits of pieces, it still works perfectly. See our suggestion below for a power bowl.
This side needs a side: Serve this salad up with some air fryer pita bread chips. Just yum, yum!
- tomatoes – any type of ripe red tomatoes work well in this salad. I like in season vine ripe tomatoes, but any kind can be used – including grape or cherry tomatoes are fine as well.
- cucumber– The main difference in a regular cucumber and an English cucumber is shape and color. English cucumbers also have less seeds. For this salad, I used a regular cucumber but English would substitute just fine if needed.
- red onion – As I have explained many times over, adding red onion directly to a meal can make it spicy. However, there is an easy way to tone down red onions in salads. First, slice the onion and then soak the onion in cold water for about 30-40 minutes. Another tip is to simply use smaller or less pieces of onion in the overall salad. selection of olives: green olives and Kalamata olives, both drained, bring tons of color
- pepperoncini – Pepperoncini are small peppers. Banana peppers can be a good substitution if you cannot find pepperoncini.
- Greek dressing – Aside from a bit tossed oil and lemon vinaigrette, store bought dressings like olive gardens creamy Greek dressing or Kraft Greek vinaigrette are a quick time savor.
- Feta cheese – large crumbled or sliced block Greek feta cheese.
How to make Feta Greek Salad
Make sure to check out the printable recipe card for full step by step instructions and ingredients.
This salad is all about cutting of the vegetables. And while it can be served immediately, making this one of the better salads if you need a quick fix, placing this salad in the fridge first to get cold makes for really satisfying bites. There is a reason its been making the rounds in social media like TikTok and Instagram food. This is a worthy salad!
Prepping: Cut down red onions and place in a bowl of cold water. Set bowl aside. Quarter cucumbers and grape tomatoes. Slice pepperoncini and drain olives.
Steps 1-3: Mix together ripe tomato, cucumber, onion, olives and pepperoncini and mix all veggies well. Feel free to season with cracked black pepper and kosher salt.
Step 4-5: Drizzle dressing on top (about 1/4 – 1/2 cup) and mix well until evenly coated.
Step 6: Serve immediately topped with feta cheese or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Mixing up the shapes: As with many salads, how small or chunky you cut the salad impacts the amount of flavor you get in one bite. Its fine to cut these down to itty bitty pieces (think salsa style) or leave huge and rustic style. Additionally, the cucumber could be spiralized into long curly cues instead of pieces makes for not only a pretty salad but one full of cucumber.
Add some cooked pasta – No, traditional Greek Salad does not have pasta, but that doesn’t mean you cannot turn this dish into something special by adding some large macaroni or shell pastas. Just adjust the amount of dressing as needed.
Salads can have toppings too: Classically, this has no lettuce, but let me turn you onto something – add a bit of spinach leaves or arugula to a bowl. Add on the Greek Salad vegetables, top with a bit of hummus, quinoa and tzatziki sauce, and turn this basic salad into a super protein power bowl.
Typically restaurants add lettuce, feta, red onions and a few Kalamata olives.
Olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar and a variety of spices like oregano.
As suggested above, this salad can be made into a Greek Pasta Salad as well. Just simply boil pasta al dente, combine regular recipe and smother with some dressing. Instant upgrade!
Salads, chicken, pasta are the favorites.
Goat or sheep milk.
- Baked Greek Salad with Roasted Vegetables – Bright beautiful Greek vegetables like red peppers, olives and onions all spiced beautifully makes a unique worldly dish to bring your taste buds to life. If you are sick of the cold salads, potato casseroles, and fluff desserts, this healthy side dish might be just for you.
- Whipped Olive Feta Dip – Whipped Feta Dip combines amazing Mediterranean olive with incredibly seasoned and whipped feta cheese into the most indulgent and elevated dip ever.
- Layered Greek Dip – Layered Greek Dip with Hummus, Cucumber, Tabouli Salad and Feta Cheese is a Unique Mediterranean inspired dip that screams of delicious, Greek flavors. Easy appetizer dip combined homemade with store bought hummus – plus so easy to alter with your own mouthwatering ideas!
- Baked Feta Pasta – This incredibly bold pasta side dish with baby salad tomatoes, tangy feta cheese, and fresh herbs and spices blend so creamily with robust pasta. Truly one of the most “main dish” side dish meals you will make, this easily doubles as a no meat meal.
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Greek Salad with Feta
- 1 pint Grape tomatoes
- 1 cucumber sliced and quartered
- 1/2 of a red onion - chopped
- 1/2 cup green olives - drained
- 1/2 cup Kalamata olives - drained
- 1/2 cup pepperoncini - drained
- Greek dressing of choice
- Feta cheese
- Cut down red onions and place in a bowl of cold water. Set bowl aside.
- Quarter cucumbers and grape tomatoes.
- Slice pepperoncini and drain olives of any juices.
- Mix together tomatoes, cucumber, onion, olives and pepperoncini and mix well.
- Pour dressing on top (about 1/4 – 1/2 cup) and mix well until evenly coated.
- Serve immediately topped with feta cheese or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.