Garden Vegetable Greek Salad

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Garden Vegetable Greek Salad- a delicious, fresh greek salad full of garden fresh vegetables and tons of flavor! Easy, low carb, and full of greek flavors!

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Greek Cucumber Salad

Garden vegetable Greek salad, a delightful blend of freshness and Mediterranean flavors, is a simple yet delicious dish. The core ingredients of feta, cucumber, tomatoes, lemon, olive oil, salt, and bell pepper come together to create a salad that’s not only visually appealing but also a treat for the taste buds. The cucumbers and bell peppers provide a crisp, refreshing crunch, complementing the soft, juicy tomatoes. The addition of feta cheese, with its creamy and slightly salty profile, elevates the salad, offering a rich contrast to the fresh vegetables.

The dressing for this salad is a harmonious blend of freshly squeezed lemon juice and high-quality olive oil, seasoned with just the right amount of salt to enhance the natural flavors of the vegetables. This simple dressing allows the individual flavors of the ingredients to shine through while adding a zesty, vibrant character to the dish. The lemon’s acidity brings a bright note to the salad, balancing the richness of the feta and the earthiness of the vegetables. This garden vegetable Greek salad is not just a feast for the palate but also a healthy option, packed with essential nutrients and healthy fats, making it a perfect choice for a light lunch or a side dish for any meal.

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How to Make Veggie Greek Salad

First assemble the following ingredients:

  • Cucumber (1) – Cucumber offers a fresh, mild crunch.
  • Bell pepper (1) – bell pepper provides a sweet, slightly tangy taste.
  • Cherry tomatoes (1 cup) – cherry tomatoes burst with juicy sweetness.
  • Feta cheese (1/2 cup) – feta cheese adds a creamy, salty tang.
  • Lemon juice – Lemon juice adds a bright, tangy, and slightly sour zestiness that enlivens and enhances the flavors it accompanies.
  • Oregano (1 tbsp) – oregano brings a warm, aromatic earthiness.
  • Olive oil (2 tbsp) – olive oil contributes a rich, fruity depth.
  • Salt and Pepper – salt enhances overall flavors and pepper adds a subtle, spicy kick.

Use this method:

Prep Dressing. Combine the lemon juice, oregano, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a bowl.

Add Veg. Add the vegetables to the dressing, toss and top with feta.

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Tips and Tricks to Perfect Greek Salad

Quality Ingredients: The freshness and quality of your ingredients are crucial. Choose ripe tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, and firm bell peppers. The feta should be creamy and tangy. Using high-quality extra virgin olive oil and fresh lemons will also make a significant difference in flavor.

Proper Cutting Techniques: Cut the vegetables in uniform sizes for a balanced texture and appearance. For cucumbers, consider deseeding them to avoid excess water in the salad. For bell peppers, removing the white pith and seeds will enhance their sweet flavor.

Seasoning the Salad: Season your vegetables with salt before adding the dressing. Salt helps to bring out the natural flavors of the vegetables. But be mindful of the saltiness of the feta cheese when adding additional salt.

Balancing the Dressing: A simple dressing of lemon juice, olive oil, and salt can be magical. The key is to balance the acidity of the lemon with the richness of the olive oil. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed. Emulsify the dressing before adding it to the salad for an even coating.

Adding the Feta: Crumble the feta cheese by hand for a rustic look and add it to the salad just before serving. This prevents the feta from breaking down too much and ensures its texture remains distinct.

Letting the Salad Marinate: Allow the salad to sit for a short time after dressing, so the flavors meld together beautifully. However, don’t let it sit too long as the vegetables can lose their crispness.

Serving Temperature: Serve the salad chilled or at room temperature, depending on your preference. Chilling the salad can be refreshing, especially in warmer weather.

Garnishing: Add a final touch with a sprinkle of fresh herbs, like dill or parsley, for an extra burst of flavor and color.

Experiment with Variations: Feel free to add or substitute ingredients based on your taste preferences or what’s available. Red onions, olives, or capers can add additional layers of flavor.

Presentation: Serve the salad in a beautiful dish to enhance its visual appeal. Eating with the eyes first always makes the food taste better.

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FAQs

Can I make this salad ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the vegetables ahead of time. However, it’s best to add the dressing and feta cheese just before serving to keep the vegetables crisp and the feta from becoming too soggy.

How long will this salad keep in the fridge?

The salad is best enjoyed fresh, but it can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 days. Note that the vegetables may release water and lose some crispness over time.

What type of tomatoes are best for this salad?

Cherry or grape tomatoes are ideal as they are sweet and hold their shape well. However, any ripe, firm tomatoes will work.

Can I use a different type of cheese instead of feta?

Yes, if feta is not to your liking, you can use other cheeses like goat cheese, mozzarella, or even a sprinkling of Parmesan for a different flavor profile.

Can I add other vegetables or ingredients to this salad?

Absolutely! Feel free to add ingredients like olives, red onion, capers, or fresh herbs like basil or mint for extra flavor.

What is the best way to emulsify the dressing?

Whisking the olive oil and lemon juice vigorously in a bowl or shaking them together in a jar with a tight-fitting lid are effective ways to emulsify the dressing.

How do I balance the flavors in the salad?

Taste as you go! Adjust the lemon juice and olive oil to find your preferred balance of acidity and richness. Remember, the feta will add saltiness, so be cautious with additional sal

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What to Enjoy With Garden Greek SAlad

Garden vegetable Greek salad, with its fresh and vibrant flavors, pairs wonderfully with a variety of dishes. Here’s a list of what you can enjoy with it:

Grilled Meats: Chicken, lamb, or beef skewers grilled with a touch of herbs complement the crispness of the salad.

Seafood: Grilled fish, shrimp, or calamari make a light and healthy pairing.

Pita Bread and Hummus: A classic Mediterranean side, perfect for scooping up the salad and hummus.

Stuffed Grape Leaves (Dolmas): These offer a savory and slightly tangy flavor that pairs well with the salad.

Greek Spanakopita: A spinach and feta pie encased in flaky phyllo dough, offering a rich and savory contrast.

Roasted Vegetables: Such as eggplant, zucchini, and red peppers for a heartier meal.

Rice or Quinoa Pilaf: A simple, herbed pilaf can act as a great base for the salad.

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup (Avgolemono): This creamy, lemony soup complements the crispness of the salad.

Cheese Platter: A selection of Greek cheeses like Halloumi, Kefalograviera, or more Feta.

Greek Yogurt with Honey and Nuts: As a dessert, this combination works well after the refreshing salad.

Wine Pairing: A crisp white wine, like a Greek Assyrtiko or a Sauvignon Blanc, pairs beautifully with the salad.

Greek Meatballs (Keftedes): These herbed meatballs can be a delightful and flavorful accompaniment.

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A Greek salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, and feta.
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Garden Vegetable Greek Salad

Garden Vegetable Greek Salad- a delicious, fresh greek salad full of garden fresh vegetables and tons of flavor! Easy, low carb, and full of greek flavors!
Course Salads
Cuisine Greek
Keyword cucumber salad, greek, paleo, salad, side dish, vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 332kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell

Ingredients

  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp diced oregano
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 large cucumber diced into 1″ chunks
  • 1 large bell pepper diced into 1″ chunks
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes quartered
  • ½ cup feta cheese crumbles

Instructions

  • Mix the lemon juice, oregano, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
  • Add the vegetables, toss in dressing and top with feta.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 571mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 21g

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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5 Comments

  1. John says:

    What bell pepper are you using? It appears to be a yellow one in the photos…I just want to do it right, lol…thank you 🙂

    1. Courtney ODell says:

      we used yellow for this pic, but any pepper is great, use what you have on hand! Peppers change colors as they ripen – they are the same pepper though. Yellow and green aren’t as sweet, red and orange more sweet. You can pick whichever you’re craving!

  2. Lori Leach says:

    Thank you. I love salads and my toung hung out the whole entire time…not really. Thank you.