My Favorite Chopped Greek Salad

One of my staple salads is this healthy Greek Salad recipe. It’s packed with plump tomatoes, fresh cucumbers, crispy greens, and a quick homemade Greek salad dressing that takes it to the next level. If you love a good Greek salad, try my favorite right here! It’s quick, refreshing, and it is always a hit!

Greek salad in a bowl

Healthy Greek Salad

If you were to come over to my house at some point, you’d likely get served my chopped Greek Salad. It’s everyone’s favorite, for good reason! It’s packed with fresh veggies, herbs and flavoring, and just the right amount of creative spin that takes it from an ordinary Greek Salad and makes it a little more special!

Ingredients for a greek salad

Greek Salad Ingredients

A traditional Greek salad consists of cucumbers, tomatoes, green bell pepper, red onion, olives, and feta cheese. I’ve taken the traditional components, and added some of my favorite add-ins that everyone raves over.

You’ll see below that everything is diced or chopped small, because I love this salad chopped! You can adjust that as you like.

  • Lettuce: Romaine, butter, or mixed greens will all work here.
  • Tomatoes:  Have tomatoes from your garden or have a farmer’s market nearby? Those plump and sweet fresh tomatoes will be incredible. Otherwise simply any tomatoes will work well in this Greek Salad.
  • Cucumbers: I like mine peeled in this salad!
  • Feta Cheese: A greek salad essential is good quality feta cheese. Grab a block and dice it, or buy it crumbled
  • Red onion: Slice it thin so it’s not overpowering.
  • Avocado: You can omit, but I lovely the creamy addition!
  • Marinated Artichokes: Right from the jar! Chopped up. They are so delicious.
  • Roasted Red Peppers: Another one from the jar! Chopped up. We love this addition to my Greek Salad.
  • Chickpeas: You can omit of course, but you’ll see below that after I rinse the chickpeas, I toss them quickly with a little seasoning and olive oil and they are delicious even on their own!
  • Olives: Though traditional in Greek salad, I personally don’t like olives so you won’t be seeing them in my Greek salads if you come over to my home for a party! I will, however, put out chopped olives on the side, since many love them. If I do, Kalamata all the way.
  • Dried Oregano
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Lemon: You don’t need this, But I love a squeeze of lemon over my Greek salad to top it all off.
  • Healthy Greek Dressing

How to Customize It

There is plenty of room to customize this salad and add in more or different ingredients. Here are some other ingredient options to add to this Greek salad based on your preferences:

  • Kalamata olives
  • Bell peppers
  • Fresh mint or herbs
  • Chicken
  • Shrimp
Greek salad with dressing being poured onto it

Is Greek Salad Healthy?

Greek salads are packed with nutrients, for sure, making them a healthy salad option! Especially if you’re controlling your Greek Dressing ingredients, then it’s made with even more good-for-you ingredients. Packed with fresh veggies, crisp lettuce, Greek herbs, and healthy fats; you’ll leave feeling satisfied, full, and ready to tackle the rest of your day!

Making the Dressing

Our dressing is simple but DELICIOUS. Whisk or shake a container with olive oil, red wine vinegar, fresh lemon juice, dried oregano, salt and pepper!

How I Love to Serve This Salad

I love serving this salad with baked pita! If you find gluten-free pita, or you tolerate pita just fine, go ahead and preheat your oven to 400 degrees, chop up your pita, lay it on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with coarse see salt and bake for about 15 minutes, tossing once, or until crispy. Let cool before serving so they crisp up even more. Or you can add in purchased pita chips or pita croutons!

Why a chopped salad?

You do not have to chop your Greek salad, but I am the ultimate chopped salad girl. I think that’s from growing up in New York! Chopped salads are everywhere there. There’s just something about it all chopped up that makes every bite even more delicious! Trust me here. This is the salad chopper that you definitely don’t need, but I use it often!

How to Store Greek Salad for Meal Prep

This salad is great to make for meal prep, with a few modifications.  If you prefer to eat this salad with Greek chicken kebobs, go ahead and meal prep this salad to have a separate container for the salad components and another for the chicken, that way the meat can be heated up on its own. And of course, with most salads, you’ll want to keep dressing separate and add right before

Just be careful about what salad components you choose. Obviously, something like sliced avocado will not keep well, so don’t use something that won’t keep well if intending to make this for meal prep.

Keeping all of this in mind, this salad will keep well for 3-5 in the refrigerator.

The Easist Way to Meal Prep This Salad

The best way to make this for on-to-go meal prep? Make it a Greek Mason Jar Salad! Mason jar salads are not just a trendy way to serve a salad! Because of the unique way of layering the salad vertically, it preserves the freshness of the salad for longer.

It’s just about how to layer your ingredients. You want to layer your ingredients in terms of their moisture content, hardiness and density (as in–how heavy they are!).

Layer in the wettest ingredients first. And then in ascending order move all the way up factoring in how hardy an ingredient is (such as how absorbent they are) and how heavy they are.

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My Favorite Chopped Greek Salad

Ingredients for a greek salad

One of my staple salads is this healthy Greek Salad recipe. It’s packed with plump tomatoes, fresh cucumbers, crispy greens, and a quick homemade Greek salad dressing that takes it to the next level. If you love a good Greek salad, try my favorite right here! It’s quick, refreshing, and it is always a hit!

  • Author: Lexi
  • Prep Time: 00:20
  • Cook Time: 00:00
  • Total Time: 00:20
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Cooking
  • Cuisine: Salad

Ingredients

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For the Greek Salad:

  • 1 (6 ounce) box of lettuce: romaine, butter, mixed greens
  • 1/2 cup diced cucumbers
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/3 cup diced or crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup diced marinated artichokes
  • 1/2 cup diced roasted bell peppers
  • 1 avocado, finely diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup chopped kalamata olives (optional, I omit them!)
  • 1/2 cup chopped bell peppers (optional)

For Quick Marinated Chickpeas:

  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

For the Greek Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Pinch black pepper

Instructions

  1. Make the dressing: Add all dressing ingredients except for olive oil to a bowl or a mason jar. Whisk, or shake you jar until combined. Taste and adjust seasoning. Set aside.
  2. For the quick Greek chickpeas: Rinse and drain your chickpeas and toss with olive oil, salt, and oregano. Set aside.
  3. Assemble the salad: Add lettuce to your bowl and salt your greens by sprinkling a little salt over the lettuce and tossing! Add all of your ingredients finely chopped. Top with dried oregano, salt and pepper as desired, and drizzle with dressing. Serve immediately!

Notes

  • You can use more lettuce greens as desired!
  • You can additionally chop the whole salad afterwards if you want it finely chopped!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 483
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Sodium: 700mg
  • Fat: 19g
  • Carbohydrates: 22g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Protein: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 22mg

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July 18, 2021

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  1. Just made this for lunch and it was delicious! I always feel like when other people make salads they look amazing, but when I make them they look and taste blah. This recipe inspired me to make my own salad and I’m so glad I did! I used a tablespoon of Primal Kitchen Greek dressing – a little goes a long way! Looking forward to making this again for lunch tomorrow!

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