This American Greek Salad with Lettuce is a salad I make all summer and I never get tired of Greek salads. This recipe includes a great salad dressing, but I love pairing it with all kinds of dressings, including blue cheese.
this American Greek salad with lettuce In my house, it’s on the menu for every family party. I also make it for a quick lunch or dinner during the summer. Without a doubt, this is one of my signature salads and I never get tired of it. So today I’m sharing this recipe as a Friday favorite. Even in winter, when I can get delicious mini tomatoes and cucumbers, I sometimes make them.
I’ve been making all kinds of Greek salads for years, but when I finally went to Greece, I realized that what many American restaurants call a Greek salad doesn’t actually exist. I noticed. The Greek Village Salad contains cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, kalamata olives, bell peppers and feta cheese in a dressing made from olive oil and vinegar or lemon juice and a dash of dried oregano.
But Greek salad has no lettuce. Never eat lettuce! Of course, this is not a traditional Greek salad recipe. It was a Mediterranean restaurant in Salt Lake that gave me the idea to call this combination with lettuce an American Greek salad. I like my Greek salad with or without lettuce, but I make the salad with lettuce the best.
What kind of material do you need?
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How about making a Greek salad with lettuce for the winter?
I love this salad in the summer when I can use fresh tomatoes and fresh cucumbers. But when fresh garden produce isn’t available, I make this year-round using Costco cherry tomatoes and European cucumbers.
What are the variations of Greek salad with lettuce?
I used to omit the peppers, but in the last few years I’ve found that thin julienned peppers and even slices of scallion add flavor to a salad like this. Also, I’m pretty particular about adding caper juice and capers to dressings. In fact, I also like this salad with blue cheese dressing. This is definitely not Greek style. Occasionally add peperoncini peppers, artichoke cores, or coconut cores if you have them in the fridge.
My Thoughts on Feta Cheese:
I have a strong commitment sheep milk feta cheese For a salad like this. For me, sheep’s milk feta cheese is creamier and a little milder. Whatever feta cheese you buy, avoid the pre-crushed type. It simply doesn’t last long.if you’re lucky food saver machine (affiliate link) It vacuum packs food into plastic bags and is perfect for sealing large blocks of Costco feta cheese, which is something I always have in my fridge.
How to make an American Greek salad with lettuce:
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- Cut the romaine lettuce and crisp it up if it’s even slightly soft. salad spinner Chill in ice cold water for a few minutes.
- Mix the dressing ingredients while the lettuce is soaking.
- Roughly chop the cucumbers and cut the cherry tomatoes in half.
- You’ll also need some crumbled feta cheese (although in Greece it’s usually served in blocks on top of the salad).
- Prepare halved kalamata olives, shredded bell peppers, and sliced green onions if using.
- Dry the lettuce well, then mix the lettuce, cucumber, tomato, green pepper, and green onion with enough dressing to moisten the salad to your liking.
- Add crushed feta cheese and olives and mix lightly. (I like to set aside tomatoes, feta and olives to garnish on top of the salad.)
- Season the salad with salt and freshly ground black pepper and serve.
Eat a low-carb diet:
I recently served this with a low carb steak and mushroom kebab and it would be a good side dish for any of my low carb grilled recipes.
Other delicious salads with feta cheese:
1/4 cup Newman’s Own Olive Oil and Vinegar Dressing (see notes)
Extra virgin olive oil 1T
2T lemon juice
2 tsp capers, chopped (see notes)
1 teaspoon caper brine from a jar
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
4 cups romaine lettuce (broken or chopped, washed and dried)
1 cup cucumber, cut into bite size pieces
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup bell pepper, finely chopped (optional)
2T sliced green onion (optional)
1/4 cup kalamata olives or black olives (cut in half if desired)
1/2 cup crushed feta cheese (or more, read more about feta cheese below)
- If the lettuce is loose, tear the lettuce and put it in the pan. salad spinner (affiliate link) Pour into ice water and leave for about 5 minutes until crisp. This makes a big difference in the quality of the salad.
- While the lettuce is crisping, combine the purchased vinaigrette, olive oil, lemon juice, caper juice, capers, and dried oregano, and set aside the dressing while you prepare the other ingredients.
- Cut the cucumber and tomato into bite-sized pieces.
- Crumble the feta cheese, slice the olives in half, and thinly slice the bell peppers and leeks, if using.
- When you’re ready to assemble the salad, dry the lettuce thoroughly in a salad spinner or drain well and dry on paper towels.
- In a large salad bowl, combine lettuce, cucumber, tomato, onion, green pepper, and green onion with desired amount of dressing.
- Add crushed feta cheese and olives and mix gently again.
- I like to set aside feta, cucumber and tomato to garnish on top of my salad.
- Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and serve.
like Newman’s Proprietary Olive Oil and Vinegar Dressing (affiliate link); For a low-carb diet or the Original South Beach Diet, choose dressings with less than 2 grams of sugar per serving. If you’re a caper fan like I am, use more capers.
A recipe Karin created many years ago, this is a salad I’ve made hundreds of times.
Nutrition Facts Table:
Amount Per Serving:
calorie: 121Total Fat: 9.5gsaturated fat: 3.6gTrans fat: 0gUnsaturated fat: 5.5gcholesterol: 17mgsodium: 283mgcarbohydrates: 6.6gfiber: 2.2gsugar: 3.2gprotein: 4g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the recipe plugin I use. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy as many variables affect the calculation.
Low Carb / Low Glycemic / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Served with lettuce, this Greek salad makes a great entree salad for low-carb diets and keto diet plans. For a strict keto diet, reduce the amount of tomatoes and increase the amount of feta cheese. This is also great for the original South Beach diet, although South Beach recommends a little less feta.
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Historical notes for this recipe:
This recipe was first posted in 2006 and I’ve made it many times since. Last updated his 2023 with more information added.
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