American Greek Salad (with Lettuce)
This American Greek Salad (with Lettuce) is the salad I make every year, all summer long, and American Greek Salad is something I’d never get tired of eating!
As soon as summer arrives, this American Greek Salad with Lettuce will be on the menu at my house for every single family party, and I’ll be making it quite often just for a quick lunch or dinner as well. Definitely this is one of my signature salads, and I never get tired of it! And summer is nearly here, and this recipe is getting some very badly needed new photos, which I hope will entice you to try it if you’ve never made this one.
I’ve been making and eating so-called Greek salads like this for years and years, but when I went to Greece in 1998, I discovered that what many American restaurants called Greek Salad didn’t really exist there! Greek Salad in Greece (often called Village Salad) has cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, Kalamata olives, green pepper, and Feta with a dressing made from olive oil and vinegar or lemon juice and seasoned with a little dried oregano. But no lettuce. NEVER lettuce!
I like my Greek salads both with and without the lettuce, but the version with lettuce is the one I make the most. I used to be somewhat unenthusiastic about the green bell pepper, but the last few years I’ve realized that thin slivers of green pepper and some sliced green onion add a lot of flavor to a salad like this. I’m also pretty insistent on the addition of some caper juice and capers in the dressing, and I actually like this salad with blue cheese dressing too, which is most definitely not Greek! You can add or subtract ingredients based on what you prefer, but don’t leave out the handful of lettuce if you’re going to call this American Greek Salad.
My Thoughts about Feta Cheese:
Personally I have a strong preference for sheep’s milk Feta in a salad like this, although I never met a Feta cheese I didn’t like. To me, the sheep’s milk Feta is creamier and a little milder. Whatever Feta you buy, try to avoid the pre-crumbled type; it simply does not last in the refrigerator. If you’re lucky enough to have a FoodSaver machine (affiliate link) which vacuum packs food in plastic bags, it’s perfect for sealing those big blocks of Feta from Costco, and sealed packs of Feta is something I always have in my fridge.
How to Make American Greek Salad (with Lettuce):
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- Cut up the Romaine lettuce and if it’s even the slightest bit limp let it crisp in a salad spinner with ice cold water for a few minutes.
- While the lettuce soaks, whisk together the dressing ingredients.
- Cut up cucumbers, and cut cherry tomatoes in half.
- You’ll also want crumbled Feta cheese (although it’s usually served in a block on top of the salad in Greece).
- And prepare Kalamata olives cut in half, as well as thin slivers of green bell pepper and some sliced green onion if you’re using them.
- Spin the lettuce very dry, then toss together the lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, green peppers and green onions with enough dressing to moisten the salad to your preference.
- Add the crumbled Feta and olives and gently toss to combine. (I like to save some tomatoes, Feta, and olives to garnish the top of the salad.)
- Season salad to taste with salt and fresh-ground black pepper and enjoy!
Make it a Meal:
More Tasty Salads with Feta Cheese:
Cucumber and Avocado Salad with Lime, Mint, and Feta ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Joanne Weir’s Cucumber and Feta Salad ~ David Lebovitz
Green Bean, Tomato, and Feta Salad Oreganato ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Tabbouleh Salad with Freekah and Feta ~ Rachel Cooks
Mary’s Spring Mix Salad with Feta and Pine Nuts ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Greek Chicken Salad with Greek Tomato Dressing ~ Created by Diane
I like Newman's Own Olive Oil and Vinegar Dressing (affiliate link); choose dressing with not more than 2 grams of sugar per serving for low-carb diets or original South Beach Diet. Use more capers if you're a capers fan like I am! Recipe created by Kalyn many years ago, and this is a salad that I've made hundreds of times! Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 121Total Fat: 9.5gSaturated Fat: 3.6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5.5gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 283mgCarbohydrates: 6.6gFiber: 2.2gSugar: 3.2gProtein: 4g
I like Newman's Own Olive Oil and Vinegar Dressing (affiliate link); choose dressing with not more than 2 grams of sugar per serving for low-carb diets or original South Beach Diet. Use more capers if you're a capers fan like I am!
Recipe created by Kalyn many years ago, and this is a salad that I've made hundreds of times!
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This would be a great main dish salad for low-carb or low-glycemic diet plans, including the original South Beach Diet, although South Beach would recommend going a bit easy on the Feta. To make this recipe Keto, use less tomatoes and more Feta.
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