Crisp and colorful mix of fresh veggies tossed in a homemade vinaigrette dressing, makes this classic Greek Salad a quick and easy side that pairs well with any protein.
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- ❤️ Why You'll Love This Greek Salad Recipe
- 🛒 Ingredients for Keto Greek Salad
- 🔪 How to Make Keto Greek Salad
- ☑️ Storage Instructions
- 💡 Tips for Making Greek Salad
- 🔄 Substitutions and Additions
- 🍴 What to Serve with a Greek Salad
- Is There Lettuce In a Greek Salad?
- Can I Make Keto Greek Salad in Advance?
- Is Greek Salad Keto?
- What are the Carbs in Greek Salad?
- What is the dressing made of in a traditional Greek salad?
- What are the ingredients in a Greek salad?
- What is the difference between a Greek and Mediterranean salad?
- 🍽️ More Keto Salads
❤️ Why You'll Love This Greek Salad Recipe
- Cool crisp cucumbers and chopped bell peppers
- Sweet juicy tomatoes, briny Kalamata olives and sweet red onion
- Chunks of creamy feta cheese
- Tossed in a classic homemade Greek dressing
- Fresh, colorful and healthy salad
- Easy to make in less than 15 minutes
One of the best parts of summertime salads is being able to use beautiful in season vegetables. They have such vibrant colors and the flavors stand alone without having to have a heavy or complicated dressing.
This traditional Greek salad, also known as Village Salad, could not be easier to make. This is a wonderful Mediterranean style, no fuss, salad that starts and ends with the freshest of ingredients!
From fresh ripe tomatoes and cucumbers to a simple olive oil and red wine vinegar dressing. It all comes together to create the easiest and most refreshing Keto side dish. If you like these same flavor, be sure to also try Mediterranean Cucumber Salad, Mediterranean Sheet Pan Shrimp or Baked Cod with Greek Salsa.
🛒 Ingredients for Keto Greek Salad
- English cucumber
- Cherry tomatoes
- Yellow bell pepper
- Kalamata olives
- Red onion
- Feta cheese
- Olive oil
- Red wine vinegar
- Swerve confectioners
- Dried oregano
- Dijon mustard
*Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.
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🔪 How to Make Keto Greek Salad
In a large mixing bowl, add in the cucumbers.
Then add in the tomatoes, yellow pepper, red onion, Kalamata olives and feta cheese. Then set aside.
In the bowl of a bullet blender, mini chopper or immersion blender, add in all the dressing ingredients.
Blend until fully combined.
Pour over the salad and gently toss, making sure everything is well coated.
You can chill it in the fridge for an hour before serving or serve right away. Add a dusting of dried oregano, chopper parsley or mint right before serving.
You can also crumble a few cubes of the feta cheese over the top as well.
☑️ Storage Instructions
This salad is best eaten within a few hours of making it, but you can put leftovers in an airtight container and store overnight. The vegetables won't be as crisp and will start to soften,but will still have great flavor.
💡 Tips for Making Greek Salad
- This is not a make ahead type of salad. The texture of this Greek salad is crisp and is best served right away or within a few hours, as I mentioned above.
- To save time though, you can prepare all the ingredients ahead of time, and just wait to dress the salad until you're ready to serve it.
- I recommend gently tossing the salad, so that most of the feta cheese cubes retain their shape. Crumbling a few of them over the salad does add a nice contrast in texture.
- Use the freshest ingredients. Since this salad uses mostly fresh vegetables, making sure they are perfectly ripe and not overripe, which can make the salad soggy.
🔄 Substitutions and Additions
- Make it a meal: If you want a more complete meal, add grilled shrimp, chicken or steak over the top of the salad.
- Olive oil: Avocado oil, or light olive oil can be used to substitute the olive oil if you'd prefer.
- Olives: Kalamata olives are used in this recipe, but if your local grocery store has an olive bar, a mixed variety of olives, you can use what you like.
- Cheese: Don't tell any of your Greek friends, but chards of fresh parmesan cheese works really well with the other flavors in this salad. I can't help it, I'm Italian! Goat cheese is also a nice creamy substitute, though again, not Greek, but still delicious.
- Tomatoes: If you can't find cherry tomatoes, you can use any tomato that you like, just be sure to cut them around the same size as the other ingredients.
- Cucumbers: I don't recommend using regular cucumbers, as the skins tend to be waxy. English or baby Persian cucumbers work best in this salad. The skins on both are nice and thin, making them perfectly edible, and the seeds are also so small, you won't have to scoop them out. If you are in a pinch and can't find either, simply peel the cucumbers and be sure to scoop out the seeds before slicing.
- Fresh herbs: As I mentioned earlier regarding a garnish, chopped mint is actually a wonderful addition to this salad. If you happen to like mint, I recommend adding about a tablespoon and mixing it into the salad before serving. Fresh lemon thyme is also a great addition, though not as classic Greek as mint is.
- Peppers: I chose to use yellow bell pepper in this salad, but you can use red, orange or even green if you'd like. You can also add in some pepperoncini for a kick of heat.
🍴 What to Serve with a Greek Salad
Greek salad would be perfect on the side of just about any protein, but here are some of my favorite options:
- Garlic Butter Steak Bites
- Paprika Chicken Thighs
- Citrus Glazed Salmon
- Air Fryer Steak
- Mediterranean Mahi Mahi
Is There Lettuce In a Greek Salad?
Nope! In a traditional Greek salad, there's no green leafy stuff. But with all the robust flavors in this low carb Greek salad, you won't miss it!
Can I Make Keto Greek Salad in Advance?
You can certainly prepare the vegetables in advance. Pre-chop all the veggies and put them in individual containers or zip lock bags then within an hour of serving, put all the ingredients in a bowl and toss with the dressing.
This Keto oil and vinegar dressing recipe can be made up to an hour in advance. Just mix it up and leave it sitting on the counter until you're ready to use it. Give it a good mix and pour over the salad.
Is Greek Salad Keto?
If you look over the list of ingredients in this recipe, one thing should stand out. Every ingredient is Keto-friendly. And the salad uses all traditional ingredients without having to make any alterations.
What are the Carbs in Greek Salad?
Though it has about 4 net carbs per serving, all of of which are from health veggies, making this salad a nutrient power house. If you're curious about the nutritional value of olives, cucumbers, tomatoes or any of these ingredients, Healthline has so many wonderful articles for you to check out.
What is the dressing made of in a traditional Greek salad?
Traditionally either red wine vinegar or fresh lemon juice mixed with olive oil makes up the base for Greek dressing.
What are the ingredients in a Greek salad?
Classic Greek salads have cucumbers, peppers, Kalamata olives, red onion, feta cheese, oregano and tomatoes, some also have pepperoncini.
What is the difference between a Greek and Mediterranean salad?
Both salads are very similar, using a lot of the same ingredients. The Greek salad ingredients, which I mentioned above, are fairly classic and kept to those ingredients alone.
Mediterranean salad has much of the same ingredients, but can also include other ingredients from that region like artichoke hearts, chickpeas for example, and even lettuce.
🍽️ More Keto Salads
- Asian Grilled Chicken Salad
- Grilled Shrimp Salad with Apricot Vinaigrette
- Keto "Big Mac" Cheeseburger Salad
- Zucchini Noodle "Pasta" Salad
- Easy Broccoli Salad with Bacon
- Classic Cobb Salad with Ranch
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Keto Greek Salad and Dressing
For the Salad
- 1 English Cucumber, sliced into half moons
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- ⅔ cup yellow bell pepper, sliced
- ⅔ cup Kalamata olives, pitted
- ⅔ cup red onion, sliced
- 6 ounces feta cheese, cubed
- In a large mixing bowl add in the cucumbers. Then add in the tomatoes, yellow pepper, red onion, Kalamata olives and feta cheese. Then set aside.
- Pour over the salad and gently toss, making sure everything is well coated.
- You can chill it in the fridge for an hour before serving or serve right away. Add a dusting of dried oregano, fresh chopped parsley or mint right before serving. You can also crumble a few cubes of feta over the top as well.
*Make sure to scroll up and read the post for substitutions, additions and helpful tips for making this recipe.
*Nutritional data is provided as a courtesy and is accurate to the best of my knowledge. You can verify it using the nutrition calculator of your choice. All data is based on net carbs, without sugar alcohol: Swerve, Erythritol, Monk Fruit or Allulose.
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*Originally published on June 6, 2020, updated on January 2, 2024 with new photos and helpful tips.