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Simple Greek Salad

Simple Greek Salad is my last ditch effort to hold onto everything yummy that summer brings. We ain’t in fall quite yet, and I refuse to break out the pumpkin spice already!

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Full disclaimer: I’m not Greek, and I don’t claim that this is an authentic or traditional recipe. But when I think of what I love in a Greek salad, this is it.

How Do You Make a Simple Greek Salad?

Juicy tomatoes, crunchy cucumber, sharp red onion, Kalamata olives, and tangy feta all show up, of course. And then I added a couple of my own twists.

First, I love the freshness of flat-leaf parsley, so I tossed in a bunch of that. Parsley is often considered as a measly garnish and overlooked as a regular addition to salads, but I adore it. Parsley is a good source of Vitamins A, C and K. In herbalism, its well known as a carminative that helps alleviate gas.

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Second, I added a couple handfuls of broccoli sprouts. These little powerhouses are rich in sulforaphane, a potent antioxidant compound. It’s super easy to grow your own broccoli sprouts, and I show you how in this tutorial. If you don’t have any broccoli sprouts for this Simple Greek Salad, don’t stress; you can just leave them off.

And if you can’t do dairy, no worries. Cubes of ripe avocado are a good substitute that’ll lend that nice creamy mouthfeel.

Let’s Talk Salad Dressing For This Greek Salad

Salad dressing annoys me sometimes. The cheap store-bought ones are rammed with low-quality oils like canola. But many people don’t have time to make their own. And you can now find high-quality prepared salad dressings but good gravy, they are expensive. (A good option if you’re time-pressed. I like this brand.)

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So in this Greek salad, I just kept it simple: a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, drizzle of good extra virgin olive oil, and some salt and pepper. Give it a toss, and you’re done.

Greek dressings usually include some kind of oregano – dry or fresh – but it’s not one of my favorites so I left it out. You could totally add some oregano to your salad if you’d like.

Making This an Entree Salad

It’s super easy to make this Greek Salad into a full meal. Add whatever grilled protein you’d like, but I think it pairs really well with chicken or shrimp. Try my:

To take this salad to work or make it on your meal prep day, leave the dressing off until you’re ready to serve.

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healthy greek salad with tomato, cucumber, onion and lemon

Simple Greek Salad (Paleo, Gluten-Free)

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 90 kcal
Author: Steph Gaudreau

This refreshing Simple Greek Salad is bursting with fresh flavor. Serve it up with a side of grilled chicken for a complete meal. It's paleo, gluten-free, and super healthy. See how to make it!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cucumber large, diced
  • 3 Roma tomatoes diced
  • 1/4 red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch parsley chopped
  • 2 oz broccoli sprouts
  • 1/4 cup Kalamata olives pitted, chopped
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese full-fat, crumbled, optional*
  • 1 lemon juice only
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • sea salt and black pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine the cucumber, tomato, onion, parsley, broccoli sprouts, olives, feta, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Stir well to combine.


Recipe Notes

*If you cannot have dairy, substitute 1/2 avocado, diced for a creaminess.

Nutrition Facts
Simple Greek Salad (Paleo, Gluten-Free)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 90 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 166mg7%
Potassium 233mg7%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 1160IU23%
Vitamin C 29.1mg35%
Calcium 65mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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5 Responses

  1. Funny story is my own Greek salad is a harvest salad from my garden beds. I call it my harvest is here greek salad. I use my ripe home grown tomatoes, little round onions, the last of the season Kentucky mint, fresh garlic, cucumbers, some kalmata and a sprinkle of feta and a dash of sea salt. Now i want to try and add some parsley!
    PS, I love the rebrand idea and cannot wait for it!

    1. That sounds amazing, Amy and how cool that it’s right outside in your garden. Perfection. Thank you! It’ll be here soon!

  2. I made this salad. It was delicious but I thought it needed a little more pizzazz so I added a little vinegar and chopped pickled ginger. I also added a little celery just because I wanted to use it up.

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