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Chopped Greek-Style Salad with Red, Yellow, and Orange Bell Peppers

I love the colorful peppers in this Chopped Greek-Style Salad with Red, Yellow, and Orange Bell Peppers, but you can use all one color if that’s what you have. This is a great option when you don’t have great tomatoes, and this tasty salad is low-carb, low-glycemic, gluten-free, meatless, and South Beach Diet friendly. Use Salad Recipes to find more recipes like this one.

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Chopped Greek-Style Salad Recipe with Red, Yellow, and Orange Bell Pepper from KalynsKitchen.com

When I went to Greece I was surprised that what I’d thought of as Greek Salad didn’t seem to exist there.  Instead, every little restaurant had a dish they called country salad or village salad, which had cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, green peppers, Kalamata olives, and feta, and a dressing which always contained oregano.  Now a few years later, one of my favorite Salt Lake City restaurants calls this combination Greek Salad and when it has lettuce added, they call it American Greek Salad.  That works for me, and I do really like this type of chopped Greek-style salad without lettuce.

When I made the  Chopped Greek-Style Salad with Red, Yellow, and Orange Bell Peppers shown in these photos, I replaced the green pepper with chopped orange, red, and yellow peppers which are loaded with anti-oxidants.  I used all the colors because they were on sale, but you could use just one color and it would still be pretty.  I used a purchased salad dressing with some dried Greek oregano added, but you could combine a little olive oil, lemon juice, oregano and salt and pepper if you wanted to make your own.  There’s no need to measure the ingredients for this type of salad, so you can vary the proportions according to your own taste.

Chopped Greek-Style Salad Recipe with Red, Yellow, and Orange Bell Pepper from KalynsKitchen.com

Whisk the dried Greek oregano into 1/2 cup prepared vinaigrette dressing (or make your own homemade vinaigrette if you prefer. I used about a cup of grape tomatoes cut in half, but I’d like this salad even better with chopped tomatoes fresh from the garden. I am starting to get a few garden cucumbers, but for this salad I used mostly small Persian cucumbers from Costco. I chopped the red, yellow, and orange bell pepper into bite-sized pieces. I’m not a big fan of raw onion in a salad, so I used 1 inch lengths of sliced green onions.

Chopped Greek-Style Salad Recipe with Red, Yellow, and Orange Bell Pepper from KalynsKitchen.com

I’m crazy about Kalamata olives, but if I was making this for picky eaters I might even use black olives from a can.  (That would make the salad even less authentically Greek, but it would still taste good!) I cut the Feta cheese into cubes about a half-inch square for this salad, but in Greece they usually served a thin slice of Feta on top of the salad. Put the tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers onions, and olives into a bowl and stir in enough dressing to moisten all the ingredients.  (You may not need all the dressing.) Then gently stir in the feta cubes, season the salad with fresh ground black pepper to taste, and enjoy!  (This salad tastes even better if you let it marinate for a few hours, and I found it to still be very good even when it had been in the fridge a few days.)

Chopped Greek-Style Salad Recipe with Red, Yellow, and Orange Bell Pepper from KalynsKitchen.com

Make it a Meal: Low-Carb main dishes like Almond and Parmesan Baked Fish or Marinated Flank Steak would be taste great with this salad for a low-carb meal.

More Greek-Inspired Salads You Might Like:

Grilled Zucchini Greek Salad ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Israeli Couscous Greek Salad ~ Healthy Green Kitchen
Greek Salad with Marinated Onions and Oregano ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Chunky Greek Salad Topped with Sardines ~ Clean and Delicious
Greek Salad Spaghetti Squash Bowl ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Chopped Greek-Style Salad with Red, Yellow, and Orange Bell Peppers

This Chopped Greek-Style Salad with Red, Yellow, and Orange Bell is bursting with flavor and color.

Ingredients:

Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise (or use diced fresh garden tomatoes)
  • 1 European cucumber (or 2-3 small regular or Persian cucumbers)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, cut in half (I use pitted olives)
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion or sliced green onion (optional)
  • 1/2 cup diced Feta cheese (or more)

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Newman’s Own Olive Oil and Vinegar Dressing (or your favorite dressing, for South Beach Diet use dressing with less than 3 grams sugar per serving)
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano

Directions:

  1. Mix oregano into salad dressing, set aside.
  2. Cut tomatoes in half lengthwise, or dice garden tomatoes.
  3. Peel cucumber in strips, leaving some green stripes lengthwise.  (For small garden cucumbers or Persian cucumbers you may not need to peel.)
  4. Cut cucumbers in half lengthwise, then in slices.
  5. Remove seeds from peppers and dice peppers in 3/4 inch square pieces.
  6. Dice red onion or cut green onion into 1 inch long pieces.
  7. Drain olives and cut in half lengthwise.
  8. Cut Feta into cubes about 1/2 inch square.
  9. Combine tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, onions, and olives and toss with desired amount of salad dressing. (You may not need all the dressing.)
  10. Stir feta cubes into salad and season with fresh-ground black pepper.
  11. The salad can be served immediately, but I like it best when the ingredients marinate for an hour or two.
  12. This salad keeps surprisingly well in the refrigerator for a few days.

Notes:

This recipe created by Kalyn.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This delicious and nutrient-rich Chopped Greek-Style Salad with Red, Yellow, and Orange Bell Peppers is also low-carb, gluten-free, and suitable for any phase of the South Beach diet.

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    39 Comments on “Chopped Greek-Style Salad with Red, Yellow, and Orange Bell Peppers”

  1. Kalyn – Have you tried to freeze this? Just wondering if it would still have a good texture and taste. Thanks!

  2. So true Becky, glad you like it.

  3. Not many folks know that this is the authentic way to serve a Greek Salad- no lettuce, just chopped vegetables with a block of feta. Yours looks especially good! This is my favorite salad and one we make often at our house.

  4. I love the looks and sounds of this salad. 😉

  5. I love Greek Salad…crunchy, fresh, and beautiful!

  6. Thanks Nancy. I love the colored peppers.

  7. Kalyn, this salad looks simply yummy! I make a similar one using fresh chopped peppers too.

  8. Lydia, Costco has those packs of multi-colored peppers too and that's exactly what I used!

  9. Now that my supermarket sells packages of one of each — red, yellow and orange — bell peppers, this salad is so easy to put together. Great flavors, especially with the olives.

  10. Priya, so glad you like it.

  11. Yum, love the salad ingredients and dressing both 🙂

  12. Thanks; hope you had a nice break!

  13. Wow! This looks so good! I've been on a little blogging break but have enjoyed catching up on your recipes!

  14. Joanne, the peppers are so full of anti-oxidants too! Love them. I'm even starting to like the green ones a little, although the colored ones are still my favorite.

    Jamie, give me a salad with crunch and lemon and I'm happy!

  15. Isn't it great how something so simple can be so good – healthy and yummy? And I love anything with fresh, crunchy veg, feta, olives and a lemony olive oil dressing.

  16. I love the abundance of peppers in this salad! Such a nice change from the traditional greek!

  17. Thanks Mary. I did love the crispness of the salad.