Greek Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

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Mark and I love Greek food, and I try to cook tasty takes on light, fresh Greek dishes as often as possible. Almost every time we have friends over, we make this salad, pop some hummus and warm pita bread on the table, and dinner is served. Everyone always loves it!

Just, uh, ignore the fact that I totally forgot to add olives. Scatterbrain much?

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I also love that this gorgeous Greek salad is simple enough to whip up for weeknight dinners. Anything that makes Monday through Friday more bearable is a winner in my book!

For an easy weeknight meal, I often serve it with grilled chicken and garlic bread. For guests or a crowd, I’ll serve it with pita bread and grilled chicken with tzatziki sauce. A hummus or feta dip and a lemony dessert are great additions, too.

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With a refreshing lemon-garlic vinaigrette, this salad is so delicious you won’t even realize you’re getting your greens. Opt for fat-free feta if you can, which is just as flavorful as the full fat variety. Nothing better than a guilt-free cheese!

You’ll love this easy, scrumptious salad for busy weeknights or lazy weekends when you still want something quick. Grab the ingredients and make it a Greek night!

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Greek Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Yield: Serves 6

Ingredients:

Greek Salad

1 head Romaine lettuce, chopped

4 plum tomatoes, cut into large chunks

1 large cucumber, peeled and cut into small chunks

1/2 red onion, sliced very thin

30 pitted Kalamata olives, halved lengthwise

3/4 cups (6 oz.) crumbled feta cheese

1 handful fresh parsley, roughly chopped

 

Lemon Vinaigrette (can be made 1 day ahead)

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

1 clove garlic, minced

1 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

3-4 turns freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Add all salad ingredients to a large bowl and toss gently to evenly distribute.

Add all vinaigrette ingredients to a medium bowl. Whisk together until combined, or pulse a few times in a food processor until mixed well (a good time-saver). Taste and adjust seasonings if desired.

Pour dressing over salad ingredients. Toss with tongs or clean hands, and serve (see below for suggestions).

Enjoy!

* Tip: For an easy weeknight meal, I often serve with grilled chicken and garlic bread. For guests or a crowd, I serve with warm pita bread and grilled chicken with tzatziki sauce. A hummus or feta dip and a lemony dessert are great additions, too. Make it a Greek night!

Adapted from The Pioneer Woman

      

26 Responses to “Greek Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette”

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — April 10, 2013 @ 12:29 am

    Such a refreshing look! Beautiful, delicious, and spring-ish! I love the lemon vinaigrette here and I will be trying this.

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 10, 2013 @ 2:55 am

    I’m not much of a greek salad person but I’d gladly devour this in seconds!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — April 10, 2013 @ 8:26 am

    Love that lemon vinaigrette! Gorgeous salad!

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    McKenna Ryan — April 10, 2013 @ 8:42 am

    All I can say is Mmmm mmmmm mmmmm mmmmm mmmmm! This looks oh so tasty. xx. McKenna Lou
    http://www.lynnandlou.com

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    Julia {The Roasted Root} — April 10, 2013 @ 8:51 am

    I adore Greek salad too and have never figured out how to make the zesty vinaigrette that goes on them , so I’m very excited about your dressing recipe! Looks crisp and refreshing, my dear! :)

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    Tales From A Middle Class Kitchen — April 10, 2013 @ 9:31 am

    The Greek Salad is one of my top favorite summer meals. Well played!

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — April 10, 2013 @ 9:39 am

    It looks so fresh and inviting!

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    Joanne — April 10, 2013 @ 9:59 am

    A dinner of salad, hummus and pitas sounds AWESOME to me! i can never get enough!

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    Bree {Skinny Mommy} — April 10, 2013 @ 10:11 am

    I do too! I could eat anything with feta every day of the week! Your version looks fabulous.

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — April 10, 2013 @ 10:52 am

    SO fresh and vibrant! I could eat this salad every single day.

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    Laura @ Tide & Thyme — April 10, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

    What a gorgeous salad! And, Greek salad just happens to be one of my favorites. I love the golden hue of that vinaigrette too. Just lovely!

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    marla — April 10, 2013 @ 12:40 pm

    This Greek salad is so sunny & bright! Send some over here please :)

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — April 10, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

    Greek salad is one of my favorites, love that lemon vinaigrette!

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — April 11, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

    Such a beautiful salad, Georgia! I love the lemon vinaigrette. It compliments this salad so well.

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    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — April 11, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

    Beautiful pictures! So bright and sunny!!

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    marcie@flavorthemoments — April 11, 2013 @ 5:49 pm

    Being part Greek, there’s a major place in my heart for a good Greek salad. Yours looks bright and fresh, and that lemon vinaigrette sounds divine!

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    Patty — April 11, 2013 @ 9:56 pm

    I love salads and Greek salads are one of my very favorites so your photos are really making me smile ;-). So fresh and lovely!

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    Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen — April 12, 2013 @ 1:20 am

    This is a simple and absolutely perfect meal!

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    angela @ another bite please — April 12, 2013 @ 1:22 pm

    my hubby loves greek food…and he would so be loving this salad dressing.

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — April 12, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

    Georgia, your food styling and photography is stunning here! You make a simple fresh salad look so beautiful and inviting. xo

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    Sally — April 14, 2013 @ 6:38 am

    I love Greek salads, but usually make mine without lettuce. Either way, they’re delicious. Sometimes I make vinaigrette as you do with both lemon juice and red wine vinegar and sometimes I make it with just lemon juice. They’re both great.

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — April 15, 2013 @ 10:39 am

    This salad looks so fresh and delicious! I love the lemon vinaigrette.

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    Jaclyn — April 21, 2013 @ 12:41 am

    This looks amazingly good! I love your photos!

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    CCU — April 21, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

    This Greek Salad is so refreshing and colourful :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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    Anabolic Cooking — April 30, 2013 @ 9:53 pm

    nice recipes,,,
    this look the best recipes :)

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    curlypurplepig — June 7, 2013 @ 12:43 am

    love this!

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