Greek Salad with Feta #SkinnyTip

Greek Salad | Chock full of veggies, Feta and topped with a lovely vinaigrette

What do you like in your Greek salad?

I combed the blog looking for this Greek Salad with Feta recipe…I was certain I’d posted this old favorite. Three summers of blogging and garden tomatoes and many many Greek salads, but I soon realized I had not yet posted this simple veggie packed salad and vinaigrette. My friend, Linda, shared this at a teacher’s luncheon I chaired over a decade ago. I’ve tweaked it though the years, adding peppers, tomatoes and cukes. When I make my Chicken Feta Kabobs, I buy the best French Feta from Whole Foods…and save half of it for this salad. This cheese is nothing like the pre-crumbled version you find in those plastic containers…packed in water, it’s mild, creamy with just a slight tang.

Greek Salad with Feta | Healthy salad chock full of veggies, Feta and topped with a lovely vinaigrette

A plethora of garden tomatoes??? Make this!

Yeah, yeah, French feta may not make this an authentic Greek salad, but this recipe is easy, light and perfect for the dog days of summer…especially if you have a garden full of ripe, juicy tomatoes. I could eat this every single day! It’s a summer favorite at our house when August and the peak of tomato season arrives. My friend, Linda, who is of Lebanese descent, shared this family recipe with me years ago. I’ve tweaked it a bit by adding our favorite veggies, but the simple dressing is all hers!

Greek Salad with Feta
Ingredients
  • Half a head of iceberg lettuce, chopped in cubes (may use full head if needed)
  • 1-2 ripe garden tomatoes, chopped with seeds removed if desired
  • ½ English cucumber, cubed
  • 14 ounce can artichoke hearts, drained and cut in halves
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into cubes
  • ½ cup Feta cheese, cubed (I prefer a French Feta)
Dressing:
  • ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Whisk together vinegar, lemon juice, salt, sugar and pepper. Drizzle in olive oil, whisking to emulsify. Set aside.
  2. Layer lettuce on bottom of serving bowl. Arrange vegetables and cheese over lettuce. Toss with dressing immediately before serving.
Yield: 4-6 servings
Total time: 20 minutes

Skinny Tip

I’m offering a series of Skinny Tips. How I keep slim is one of my most frequent inquiries. I’ll feature tips on some of my upcoming blog posts.

Tip #26: Eat low glycemic foods. These are items that don’t create big spikes in your blood sugar and include meats, eggs, cheese as well as some legumes, grains, fruits and vegetables. My explanation is very simplistic, so please do your own research to get a full understanding of the concept.

Comments

  1. Beautiful and delicious – love the use of artichokes.. looks soo good

  2. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    The dressing sounds good! Artichokes are on the list, still haven’t tried them though:@)

  3. Yummy! Looking at this salad makes me hungry :)

  4. I love the colors in this salad, it looks so fresh and colorful. I am sure that it taste as good as it looks.

  5. Having a garden is so envying! I don’t mind eating the same veggies everyday :) Just put some twist to the mix n’ match of sales and dressings.

    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

  6. Mmm I want to try these delicious veggies now! And who can resist feta?

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  7. That’s one mighty fine salad. Any salad that has feta and artichoke hearts gets my complete attention.

  8. I’d have to leave the feta cheese off. It always tastes bitter to me!

  9. Greek Salad is always one of my favorites I love this! Delish!

  10. Yes today is nice and cooler too! Lovely salad for summer and I really like the artichoke hearts. Feta in all forms is good, but I will say Bulgarian is my fave :-)

  11. I just love Greek salads. I love olives and onions and oregano. But then, I suppose you have Bill… :) Beautiful, Liz!

  12. I love artichoke hearts a lot. This is a perfect dish for me.

  13. Your salad looks great, perfect for summer! It’s colorful and appetizing!

  14. What a beautiful salad, love this combination especially the artichokes!

  15. I love how you added artichokes and your salad servers are gorgeous xx

  16. Love the addition of artichokes. My girls would make short work of this. I’ll have to make it for them.

  17. Lizzy,
    I love feta on salads and most anything else.
    Annamaria

  18. I would love this Greek salad, French feta and all! Salads with big pieces of goodies are my favorite. I’d eat this for lunch or dinner!

  19. OK, I am soooo looking for French Feta from Whole Foods!!! I’ve never heard of it but it sounds fabulous and better than what I usually buy!! this salad looks sooooo good!

  20. I love the nice chunky texture of your salad and bring on the feta!

  21. Great Mediterranean flavour! This looks right up my alley, Liz.

  22. Who can get enough of this one…? The dressing is fantastic too, I have a Lebanese friend, who also uses red wine vinegar in dressings …

    ela h.

  23. Since we are eating at least one huge tomato for lunch everyday in a sandwich or sliced with pepper, I am going to take your advice and try this. Looks luciously delicious!

  24. This salad looks fabulous! I can’t get enough of fresh tomatoes. They’re really sweet right now and feta is one of my favorite cheese to add to salad!

  25. What a great summery salad; and the colors are stunning! I’d love this salad for lunch right now :)

  26. These Greek salad look sooooo fresh and fabulous! Love it! Hooray for veggies!

  27. I love a good Greek salad, and feta is a lovely cheese. I sometimes forget how lucky I am living so close to main land Europe because we get all the lovely European cheese pretty cheap here and if that isn’t good enough for me I can always hop a train or a plane and reach Paris within 90 minutes and go mental buying all the cheese I can carry from a real good old fashioned cheese shop!

  28. I saw this on Facebook yesterday and can’t stop thinking about it. It’s SO what’s for dinner this weekend!! #loveit

  29. Such a great, healthy summer recipe!

  30. perfect! I’m always looking for fun new salads in the summer. I love feta cheese!

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