A Pet Peeve of Mine: Greek Salad – ‘What Kind of Dressing Would you Like?’

UPDATE: 7 years later this is still one of the posts that gets the most Google hits on my site. Because of this I thought that I would update it for all of those Greek salad lovers out there! Yum, yum!

Making a Great Greek Salad

Greek salad includes so many things that I love! Romaine lettuce, black olives, and oregano to name a few. A couple of times a month, we eat out. I will sometimes be bad and get a burger or something equally sinful, but honestly LOVE salad, especially a really good Greek salad. So, if the man of the house opts to go to the grease joint around the corner, most times I will order a Greek salad.

As a huge fan of watching Chopped and other cooking shows, I love to see the spin that some chefs put on traditional recipes. However, some things you just shouldn’t mess with. For example, if you are a restaurant selling Greek salad, you should know what it entails! I hadn’t realized until he brought it up yesterday that those restaurants around us have no clue what a Greek salad is. They continually ask, “what type of dressing would you like?” And I say “Umm, it’s a Greek salad”. They still want to know. Thinking back now, I have also been asked that when ordering a Caesar Salad! Why did my salad come home last night with blue cheese dressing??

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I am almost inclined to pay a visit up there and deliver a recipe. Anyone who calls themselves making a Greek salad should know what’s in it. It should not have any form of creamy white dressing. Of course recipes vary, but good ones include the basics. How you choose to eat it is up to you. But a traditional Greek salad has an oil and vinegar based dressing. Adjust the ingredients to fit your taste.




Here is a great recipe that I found while browsing:

Greek Salad From Janet is Hungry:

1 large head Romaine Lettuce
1/2 half red onion, sliced
1 English Cucumber, sliced
1 cup Kalamata olives
1 cup Greek Feta, crumbled

Dressing:
1/2 cup olive oil
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp salt
freshly ground pepper

1. Place lettuce in a large bowl.
2. Mix dressing ingredients in a bottle and give it a good shake.
3. Toss lettuce with about 1/2 the dressing.
4. Place remaining salad ingredients on top of lettuce, and drizzle with some more dressing.




Here are some more great recipes:

Greek Salad from Allrecipes.com

Greek Salad from The Pioneer Woman

Greek Salad from Martha Stewart

 

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  • Directory Submission

    I’m gonna make a bowl right now. Thanks!

  • sounds delicious. ill give it a try.

  • Puppy pen

    Thanks for the recipe. I have been looking for a good dressing to liven up my salads.
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  • Puppy pen

    Thanks for the recipe. I have been looking for a good dressing to liven up my salads.
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  • shiskatra

    thanks for the dressing recipe i have been looking for a good greek dressing!

  • shiskatra

    thanks for the dressing recipe i have been looking for a good greek dressing!

  • Pretty good recipe finally someone with the same complain as me, nobody seems to know the correct way to do a Greek salad.
    &alpha

  • Pretty good recipe finally someone with the same complain as me, nobody seems to know the correct way to do a Greek salad.
    &alpha

  • i never like salad. another veggies too. luckily i still eat some fruits

  • i never like salad. another veggies too. luckily i still eat some fruits

  • Sounds very delicious, I will certainly try this recipe one of this days but I have to choose a dressing with low caloric content to make it more healthy. Thanks for posting this wonderful recipe.

  • Sounds very delicious, I will certainly try this recipe one of this days but I have to choose a dressing with low caloric content to make it more healthy. Thanks for posting this wonderful recipe.

  • Oh my! That seems to be a nice salad. Gotta try it out and give a feedback here. My daughter would surely love it.

  • Oh my! That seems to be a nice salad. Gotta try it out and give a feedback here. My daughter would surely love it.

  • Hi, I am very fond of delicious foods and i read the recipe of greek salad. I want to try it out at home……Greek salad hmmm….sounds testy 🙂

  • Hi, I am very fond of delicious foods and i read the recipe of greek salad. I want to try it out at home……Greek salad hmmm….sounds testy 🙂

  • thats really yummy
    me too love greek salad , also it is made easy to make it here , nice work man

  • thats really yummy
    me too love greek salad , also it is made easy to make it here , nice work man

  • i always prefer salad with my meals. But this one is really a good one. thanks

  • i always prefer salad with my meals. But this one is really a good one. thanks

  • Nikos Mpliamis

    Wonderful of course! For more Greek recipes see also συνταγές μαγειρικής

  • Nikos Mpliamis

    Wonderful of course! For more Greek recipes see also συνταγές μαγειρικής

  • Thanks for sharing your recipe, sounds great! I am searching around to find some good salad recipes and I am glad I ran across yours! 🙂

  • Thanks for sharing your recipe, sounds great! I am searching around to find some good salad recipes and I am glad I ran across yours! 🙂

  • I love me some Greek Salad and this dressing rocks! Thanks for the post

  • I love me some Greek Salad and this dressing rocks! Thanks for the post

  • I agree, when it has a special name you should know how to make or just don’t offer it on the menu

  • I agree, when it has a special name you should know how to make or just don’t offer it on the menu

  • yes so i love greek salad to i use to work at a greek restaurant called annas they know how to make some real greek dressing it is simply amazing you should go there and try it somet ime it is 4700 so 900 e slc ut

  • yes so i love greek salad to i use to work at a greek restaurant called annas they know how to make some real greek dressing it is simply amazing you should go there and try it somet ime it is 4700 so 900 e slc ut

  • c

    nice this is the best sALAD EVER LOVE GREEK SALADS NICE OF YOU TO LET PEOPLE KNOW HOW TO MAKE IT… YES IT IS TRUE IF PEOPLE ARE GOING TO PUT THINGS ON THERE MENU THEY SHOULD ALSO KNOW HOW TO MAKE IT I AGREE…

  • c

    nice this is the best sALAD EVER LOVE GREEK SALADS NICE OF YOU TO LET PEOPLE KNOW HOW TO MAKE IT… YES IT IS TRUE IF PEOPLE ARE GOING TO PUT THINGS ON THERE MENU THEY SHOULD ALSO KNOW HOW TO MAKE IT I AGREE…

  • mediterranean diet

    Hahaha, that’s one of my pet peeves as well. I ordered a greek salad, so obviously I want GREEK DRESSING ! I don’t know how many times I’ve had a server ask that question of me and yes, sometimes they even send out something white and creamy which is NOT what greek dressing should be.

    I worked with a greek gentleman for years, I guess I’m spoiled by his mother’s authentic greek dished !

    mediterranean diet’s last blog post..Adnam Sami’s Mystical Weight Loss

  • mediterranean diet

    Hahaha, that’s one of my pet peeves as well. I ordered a greek salad, so obviously I want GREEK DRESSING ! I don’t know how many times I’ve had a server ask that question of me and yes, sometimes they even send out something white and creamy which is NOT what greek dressing should be.

    I worked with a greek gentleman for years, I guess I’m spoiled by his mother’s authentic greek dished !

    mediterranean diet’s last blog post..Adnam Sami’s Mystical Weight Loss

  • Flea Treatment

    Thanks for this. Made it for lunch today and it was delicious. I made a slight change to your ingredients and added red peppers. I guess I couldn’t call it Greek after that!

  • Flea Treatment

    Thanks for this. Made it for lunch today and it was delicious. I made a slight change to your ingredients and added red peppers. I guess I couldn’t call it Greek after that!

  • Nice recipe. Mine is similar, but i use a few different kinds of olives, just to change it up a bit. i feel your pain with restaurants making stuff up, but it would be funny to see you send them a recipe, and be like hey look at this and quit being ignorant.

  • Nice recipe. Mine is similar, but i use a few different kinds of olives, just to change it up a bit. i feel your pain with restaurants making stuff up, but it would be funny to see you send them a recipe, and be like hey look at this and quit being ignorant.