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Wanna-Be Greek Salad

Wanna-Be Greek Salad is a simple summer lunch salad I came up with that I ended up making over and over again. Use Salad Recipes to find more easy salads like this one.

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Wanna-Be Greek Salad is one of those ridiculously easy recipes you might end up making over and over, and I’ve been posting things like this one occasionally after a few friends urged me to post “some easy recipes” once in a while. After I got started, it became a fun challenge to find things that were super simple to make but also delicious. And I love to find recipe with only Five Ingredients, but this salad is so easy to make and so tasty, I’m going to slip it in with six ingredients.

I call this Wanna-Be Greek Salad for a couple of reasons. First, I was taking it to a family party where I worried that Kalamata olives would be considered “weird food” so I used regular canned olives which certainly makes it not a true Greek salad. Second I left out the onions, and you know every true Greek Salad has to have onions. Finally, the dressing here is much more Italian than Greek, with fresh chopped basil added to commercial vinaigrette dressing. But even if this is American-Italian Greek Salad, it still tasted very good!

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More Greek Salad Recipes to Try

Grilled Zucchini Greek Salad
Greek Salad Spaghetti Squash Bowl
American Greek Salad (with Lettuce)

Wanna-Be Greek Salad

Wanna-Be Greek Salad is a simple summer lunch salad.



  • 8-10 ripe tomatoes (I used half yellow and half red for a pretty look to the salad)
  • 2 large cucumbers (I used European cucumbers)
  • 1 can black olives (or more)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Feta cheese (or more)
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup purchased vinaigrette dressing (for a carb-conscious diet, choose dressing with less than 2 grams of sugar per serving)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil (about 1/2 cup before chopping)


  1. Combine purchased salad dressing and chopped fresh basil in food processor or blender and mix until well combined.
  2. Let dressing sit while you cut salad ingredients so the dressing picks up the basil flavor.
  3. Drain olives into colander and let drain while you proceed chopping other ingredients.
  4. Wash tomatoes, cut away stem end, and then cut into pieces lengthwise. (Cutting the tomato so each piece still has a strip of skin helps them keep their shape in the salad.)
  5. Wash cucumbers and cut lengthwise into strips, then cut strips into 1-2 inch pieces.
  6. Combine tomatoes, cucumbers, and olives and gently toss with dressing. (You probably won’t need all the dressing. The extra will keep in the fridge for about a week.)
  7. Sprinkle salad with Feta cheese, and season with salt and pepper if desired.
  8. Serve immediately.


This recipe can easily be cut in half.

Recipe created by Kalyn.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Wanna-Be Greek Salad is a perfect salad for low-carb and low-glycemic diets and any phase of the South Beach Diet as long as you make sure to use dressing with less than 2 grams of sugar per serving.

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    7 Comments on “Wanna-Be Greek Salad”

  1. Maria, Margot and Sher, thanks. It was so simple and I’ve made quite a few similar salads, but I had to post it because I enjoyed it so much!

    Maybahay, welcome. You’re just starting the season for this type of dish.

  2. i’m glad i found your blog! hubby and i are trying to eat more sensibly after much comfort-eating during winter (we’re down under). this salad looks absolutely delicious.

  3. It looks so pretty! And made vine ripened tomatoes–it would be wonderful. And it’s easy. Perfect!

  4. Wow, another delicious salad with feta! 🙂

    Enjoy your day, Margot

  5. I wanna Eat this salad:) It looks great! Great photo and I love the dish:)

  6. Chocolate Lady, I do agree! This recipe might be very difficult if you didn’t have access to fresh ingredients.

  7. Lovely!
    It is interesting to think about the different ways in which we perceive recipes to be easy or difficult.