This Greek Salad Recipe with Feta is a winner! Fresh cucumbers and tomatoes tossed in a simple vinaigrette, sprinkled with lots of feta. It’s so easy and is the perfect last minute side dish for dinner or summer barbecues.

Greek salad

Yesterday we went back to school shopping. It was a long drawn out torture for everyone involved. After spending 2 hours trying to figure it all out, we were finally in line. It was the end of the day and everyone was DONE, including me. The baby was screaming because I wouldn’t let her finish eating the pretzel she randomly found on the ground, when the other kids started begging for the candy that is conveniently situated at their eye level.

Greek salad recipe with kalamata olives

Charlotte: Mom, can I have Swedish Fish? No.

Truman: Mom, can we buy Sour Patch Kids? No.

Charlotte: Mom, can I have some gum? NO, and now you’ve lost a privilege because I already answered you.

Other kid: Mom, can I have some candy? NO, OH MY GOSH, YOU ARE ALSO LOSING A PRIVILEGE.

Aaaand that’s when I realized I was yelling at someone else’s kid. I reacted before even turning around. The poor unsuspecting little girl in line behind us was innocently asking her mom for some candy (no doubt for the FIRST time) and the crazy lady in line starts losing it.

I think I will be shopping online from here on out, to spare innocent children everywhere.

Greek salad dressing recipe

How to make Greek Salad

Fortunately I had this Greek Salad waiting for me at home. Nothing like savory Greek flavors to drown all your sorrows, right? Or something like that. Whatever, I swear it helped. Anything with this much feta is going to solve problems.

greek salad recipe with red onions

Soak your onions in water for a bit to reduce dragon breath.

Here’s how I chop my tomatoes. Don’t slice all the way down.

kalamata olives

I love fresh herbs. You could do any type that you like. I chose dill and mint.

Greek salad with tomatoes

I love how simple this salad is to throw together. It took me about 20 minutes start to finish. You don’t even need a blender or anything to mix the vinaigrette, just stir it up in a bowl. Make sure you emulsify the oil and vinegar properly by drizzling the oil in slowly while whisking constantly. If you dump it in all at once, it will never come together.

I used crumbled feta to make this salad, but next time I think I’m going to buy a block of feta and chop it into bigger chunks. Doesn’t that sound so good? Never enough feta!!!

feta cheese in Greek salad

How to serve Greek Cucumber Salad

I love Greek Salads served alongside grilled food, so this Grilled Chicken Marinade is an obvious choice. I actually had some leftover meat from when I made these Slow Cooker Pork Tacos, so I ate it with that. Honey Balsamic Slow Cooker Pork Ribs would be good too. You really can’t go wrong. Throw it on a plate with some of The Best Potato Salad and you’re golden! It would be a great side to bring to any Labor Day barbecues you might be headed to.

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Best Greek Salad

5 from 5 votes
Prep: 20 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 6
This Greek Salad Recipe with Feta is a winner! Fresh cucumbers and tomatoes tossed in a simple vinaigrette, sprinkled with crumbled feta. It's so easy and is the perfect last minute side dish for dinner or summer barbecues.


  • 1/4 large red onion, sliced thin
  • 4 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 medium English Cucumber, chopped
  • 1 cup kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped
  • 1-2 cups feta cheese, crumbled or chopped

For the vinaigrette

  • 3 & 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 small cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/3 cup olive oil


  • Make the vinaigrette: In a large bowl, combine red wine vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper, sugar, and oregano. Whisking constantly, slowly drizzle the olive oil over the mixture so that it emulsifies. Set aside.
  • Slice the onions very thin, and place in a small bowl. Cover with cold water and set aside for 10 minutes or so. This will take some of the bite out of the onion. (If you are a hard core raw onion lover, skip this step!)
  • Chop the tomatoes into bite size pieces. Place in a colander over the sink to drain.
  • Chop the cucumbers and add to the bowl with the vinaigrette. Add the kalamata olives, fresh mint, and fresh dill.
  • Pat the onions dry with a paper towel and add to the bowl. Add the tomatoes. Toss it all together gently.
  • Top with crumbled or chopped feta (next time I'm chopping a block into chunks!) Add as much as you like. Taste it to see if it needs more salt, pepper, or oregano. Toss gently and serve immediately. 


Unfortunately this is not a great make-ahead salad. The cucumbers and tomatoes release tons of liquid, watering down your vinaigrette and making your veggies soggy. You can prepare the vinaigrette in advance and store in the fridge, and also the onions. Everything else should pretty much be chopped just before serving. 


Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 1029mg | Potassium: 493mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1495IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 183mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Greek
Calories: 262
Keyword: Greek, Salad
Did you make this? I'd love to see it!Mention @thefoodcharlatan or tag #thefoodcharlatan!

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  1. 5 stars
    I’ve made this salad in advance, but kept the cucumbers and tomatoes separate to avoid the soggy problem you mentioned. About 30 minutes prior to serving, I added them back in and it turned out fine.

  2. DELICIOUS!!!  I just returned from a vacation in Greece and was excited to try to make some of the delicious foods I ate. This was even BETTER than the salads I had in Greece! I think the fresh dill and fresh mint did the trick!  Sooooo good!!!!

    1. Ooh, sounds like a lovely meal Diane! So glad you enjoyed it and thanks so much for taking the time to comment!

    1. Yes, I hope you try it out Jan! You will love it. Thanks so much for commenting, I love hearing that someone else is going to enjoy Greek salad this week! :)

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