How to Make Greek Salad

In honor of it being the last day of summer and the beginning of fall, I’ve decided to make a super light and easy side dish recipe! Greek salad is a great addition to any meal and can be made in less than 20 minutes.

The first time I had real Greek salad was when I went on a trip with my youth group to Thessaloniki, Greece. While there we had the opportunity to talk with other high school students our age and share the good news with them! We played Jenga in a two-story Starbucks (that’s right- TWO story), and they taught us how to do different Greek dances. It has been over six years since I went so I’m a little rusty on the dance moves.

We also had the opportunity to go to the Philippi ruins and see where Lydia was baptized in the river (Acts 16:14-15) and where Paul was imprisoned (Acts 16:23-34). It was an absolutely beautiful area. One of our Greek friends had come along with us on our excursion and she gracefully walked around the ruins in heels (I was pretty impressed). Prior to going on the mini trip, our group was paired up and told to prepare a bible study for certain sections of Acts. So as we walked around the ruins we would stop and teach our portion. Our Greek friend later told us that she had never known there was so much Bible history in her country nor had she ever heard the gospel like she had that day. We are still praying for her salvation to this day.

As we got back to Thessaloniki that day, we went out to supper and ate some amazing Greek food. Greek restaurants in America certainly don’t do it justice- or at least I haven’t found a place that does yet. Today we will do our best to create an authentic Greek salad, so get prepared to be transported to Greece!

Facts about Greece:

  1. Thousands of English words come from the Greek language, sometimes via the Roman adaptation into Latin and then to English. Common English words from Greek include “academy,” “apology,” “marathon,” “siren,” “alphabet,” and “typhoon.”[3]

  2. Greece has more than 2,000 islands, of which approximately 170 are populated. Greece’s largest island is Crete. 

  3. Greek has been spoken for more than 3,000 years, making it one of the oldest languages in Europe.

Time to Prepare: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of Feta Cheese (Greek Salads are typically served either with a block of feta on top, or a lot of crumbles)

  • 1/2 cup Kalamata Olives (I bought a “snack pack” of kalamata olives since I didn’t need an entire jar)

  • 1 large Cucumber (or 2 medium sized)

  • 3 tomatoes

  • 1 Medium yellow onion

  • 1 cup Olive Oil

  • 1 tbsp Oregano

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp pepper

Servings: 6

Directions:

  1. Cut up the cucumber into slices and cut the slices in half. Cut the tomatoes into chunks. Slice the onions thin and in half.

  2. Mix the cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and kalamata olives together.

  3. in a separate small bowl, stir the olive oil, oregano, salt and pepper until mixed.

  4. Pour the dressing over the veggies and top generously with the crumbled feta cheese.

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I hope you enjoy this Greek salad recipe! I love eating for a simple lunch, or a tasty, light side dish. Please comment and let me know how it turns out for you!