This simple and easy Greek salad with fresh summer tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, onions, olives and feta is the perfect salad side dish without the lettuce. As a side, this makes the summer cookout and BBQ plate and as a meal, add some cold shrimp. What's great about Greek salads is using seasonal vegetables with bold colors and flavors that totally compliment the feta. Can be served with a store bought Greek dressing to make evening simple or a splash of lemon and olive oil.
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.
What is diner style or restaurant style Greek Salad?Typically restaurants add lettuce, feta, red onions and a few Kalamata olives. What’s in a traditional Greek Salad Dressing?Olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar and a variety of spices. How to make a Greek Pasta Salad?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! What does feta cheese go well with?Salads, chicken, pasta are the favorites. What is feta cheese made from?Goat or sheep milk. 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. Turn into protein bowl: Serve with quinoa, hummus and tzatziki sauce for a full healthy protein bowl.