Treat yourself and your special someone to a delicious chopped Greek salad for two! It's easy to assemble and can be served as a side or main course.
The flavorful salad pairs ripe tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, tangy olives, and creamy feta cheese tossed in a light vinaigrette. The easy-to-follow scaled-down recipe can be enjoyed in minutes for lunch or dinner.
This delicious chopped Greek salad recipe for two people is the perfect dish to prepare for a light meal. Not only is it healthy and tasty, but it comes together quickly.
Whether trying to put together a quick meal on a busy day or just looking for something simple yet flavorful, this easy salad is sure to please.
The main ingredients in this chopped salad include romaine lettuce, cucumber, olives, tomatoes, feta cheese, and a homemade dressing. All the items can be found at most grocery stores or farmers' markets for convenience.
Here's what you'll need to make this flavorful dish:
- Romaine lettuce
- Mini tomatoes
- Green bell pepper
- Crumbled feta cheese
- Kalamata olives
- Olive oil
- Red wine vinegar
- Dried oregano
- Salt and ground black pepper
Scroll down to the recipe card for the amounts used.
To get started, gather all the ingredients and equipment you need. Then chop all the vegetables into bite-size pieces.
Combine the olive oil, vinegar, oregano, salt, and pepper in a small bowl or jar.
Divide the chopped romaine lettuce between two serving bowls.
Arrange the cucumbers, tomatoes, bell pepper, feta cheese, and olives on each bed of lettuce.
Pour half the Greek salad dressing over each salad just before serving.
With its simple ingredients and flavorful combination of vegetables and feta cheese, a chopped Greek salad is a great base for experimenting with different flavors. You can easily make several variations with just a few extra ingredients if you want to add spice or protein to your meal.
- Add red pepper flakes or banana peppers for a bit of heat.
- Substitute the feta cheese with another cheese. Crumbled goat cheese, blue cheese, or mozzarella are good options.
- Top it off with toasted slivered almonds or pine nuts for an added nutty flavor.
- Add chopped red onion for more color and bite.
- Add beans or meat. Garbanzo beans, carne asada, or grilled chicken breasts are perfect add-ons.
- Toss in other fresh veggies like finely chopped broccoli or pickled beets.
- Make it vegetarian by replacing the cheese with cubed tofu.
Here are some useful tips for making the best chopped Greek salad:
- Always use fresh vegetables when preparing this salad. Fresh produce will enhance the flavor, while canned or frozen vegetables tend to lack that zest and crunch.
- Make sure to dice or chop hard vegetables such as onions or bell peppers into small pieces, so they mix well with the rest of the salad.
- Properly season your Greek chopped salad for maximum flavor. Add salt and pepper at a minimum to bring out all the flavors from each ingredient.
A deliciously light and healthful meal, a chopped Greek salad is a perfect option for lunch or dinner. This simple recipe serves two, making it an ideal meal for couples or roommates to share.
Enjoy it as a side to an individual lasagna lunch or a maple mustard chicken dinner.
When storing leftover chopped Greek salad, it’s important to keep the ingredients separate. This will help prevent sogginess or unwanted flavors from mixing together.
Place the lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and other vegetables in a large airtight container. Place the feta cheese and olives in a separate container.
Be sure to store the salad in the refrigerator as soon as possible after chopping and assembling it. You can also store individual portions of the salad in smaller containers so that you can grab and go when needed.
If you plan on eating the salad within two days, it’s safe to leave it out at room temperature for up to 4 hours before refrigerating it.
It typically includes tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, olives, and peppers. The vegetables are usually diced or sliced into bite-sized pieces and then tossed with a simple olive oil dressing. Feta cheese is then added to the salad for a salty flavor.
A Mediterranean salad is a more modern interpretation of the classic Greek salad. It usually contains all the same ingredients as a Greek salad but with additional ingredients such as bell peppers, artichoke hearts, capers and roasted red peppers. It may also include different types of cheese such as goat or mozzarella and herbs like basil or parsley.
The dressing for this salad typically consists of olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, oregano, and salt.
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Chopped Greek Salad
- 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
- ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
- 1/16 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3 cups chopped romaine lettuce
- ½ medium cucumber peeled and chopped
- 8 cherry tomatoes cut in half
- 1 small green bell pepper stemmed, seeded, and chopped
- 2 ounces feta cheese cubed or crumbled
- 8 Kalamata olives pitted
- 2 pepperoncini optional
- In a small bowl or mason jar, combine the olive oil, vinegar, oregano, salt, and pepper.
- Divide the romaine into two bowls. Arrange the cucumbers, tomatoes, bell pepper, feta cheese, and olives onto each salad. Top with the pepperoncini (if using).
- Dress each salad with half the dressing to serve.
Love how easy and delicious this salad is -- made a large batch for my lunches this week!
What a beautiful fresh salad! I took your advice and made sure I got really good fresh olives(from the olive bar at whole foods) instead of canned ones and you were so right! What a difference that makes! Great recipe!
This was such a perfect Greek salad! Way better than at a restaurant. We stuffed it into pita bread and it was delish!!
This salad is easy and delicious; we had it with crispy bread and enjoyed this light dinner very much.
Chopped salads are my favorite so this Greek salad was exactly what I was craving! So yummy!
This isn't "Greek." We don't use pepperoncini peppers in our salads and if you're going to make an Americanized "Greek" salad iceberg lettuce is what's used. A real "Greek" salad, a horiatiki, doesn't use lettuce at all.
This recipe is not meant to be the traditional Greek version. It's an adaptation that includes lettuce and optional pepperoncini.
Please stop trying to put pepperoncini in a "Greek" salad. Those are Italian and don't belong in this. Also cherry tomatoes are annoying to slice. Use a beefsteak or Roma tomato carved up, not sliced.
The pepperoncini are optional and the salad is a variation of Greek salad, not a traditional one.