Greek salad mix with vegetables and feta cheese is a perfect way to enjoy a healthy, refreshing, and tasteful meal. It is super easy to make and is jam-packed with healthy nutrients. You can serve it as a side or enjoy it as a main course any time of the day. This salad is very customizable, and you can add your favorite vegetables to create a version of your own.
What is a Greek salad?
A Greek salad is a salad made from fresh vegetables and feta cheese. This salad is rich, tasteful, and is often a perfect side to your main dish. Moreover, because this salad is jam-packed with fresh vegetables, feta cheese, and egg, it is a complete meal in itself and is often enjoyed as a main course as well.
Greek salad is a rich, tasteful and healthy salad that offers a variety of flavors and textures. The best thing about this salad is that you can add different ingredients to it to enhance the flavors. However, we have sued some simple ingredients for this easy salad. All these ingredients are readily available at every grocery store. These are healthy, fresh, and a perfect choice for this easy salad. Here is everything you need to know about these ingredients:
- Salad mix: Salad mix is a compilation of several leafy greens that are usually a part of a salad. You can easily find it at any grocery store. It usually includes lettuce, arugula, spinach, kale, and herbs like parsley, basil, cilantro, etc. if you don’t want to use salad mix, you can use lettuce as well.Lettuce is a green leafy vegetable that is widely used in salads. It is crunchy and has a refreshing grassy flavor. Lettuce is known for its many benefits. Despite being high in water content, lettuce is rich in several minerals and vitamins. It is a rich source of fiber, vitamin C, and folate. Also, it is low in calories, making it a healthy choice for those who are diet or calorie-conscious. You can use either romaine lettuce or iceberg lettuce for this recipe.
- Feta Cheese: Feta cheese is a kind of cheese that is most widely used in salads. It is a special type of Greek cheese that is made from either goat’s milk, sheep’s milk, or a combination of both. It has a sharp and tangy flavor. Furthermore, it has a creamy texture that lingers on the mouth.
- Avocado: Avocado is another powder vegetable that is known for its many benefits. It is rich in vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, and vitamin B-6. Furthermore, it is also rich in minerals like potassium, magnesium, folate, etc. it is also a good source of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. Avocado is known for its subtle, fresh, and unique flavor. Its flavor is quite earthy, nutty, and grassy. It adds creaminess to the salad.
- Cucumber: Cucumber is another refreshing ingredient that has high water content. It has a slightly sweet flavor with crunchiness that everyone likes. You can add cucumber to this salad with or without its skin. Either way, it adds so much flavor and texture to the salad.
- Radish: Radish is a unique ingredient that offers a lot of flavor and texture o the salad. Radish comes in different varieties, and each one has a different taste and texture. Whatever variety you choose for this salad will provide a crisp and crunch that will give a salad a different dimension. I have used red radish for this recipe. It has a strong and sharp, almost peppery flavor. If you are looking for a mild-flavored radish, I recommend you use daikon radish.
- Egg: Hard-boiled eggs are usually a vital part of a salad. That’s because they are full of nutrients and protein. Moreover, eggs add a unique texture to the salad. They make it wholesome and a perfect option for lunch.
- Paprika: Paprika has a slightly sweet, smoky, and spicy flavor. You can add it to the salad to bring in heat and flavor. You can also add cayenne pepper instead of paprika. Red chili flakes also serve as a good option.
- Black pepper: Black pepper is also a perfect seasoning that adds so much flavor to the salad.
- Olive Oil: Olive oil is known for its good fats and nutrients, and that’s why it is often an integral part of a salad dressing.
- Salt: You can use plain table salt, kosher salt, or sea salt to season this salad.
Making Greek salad is effortless. All you have to do is chop up the vegetables, add them to a bowl, and that’s it. Here is a simple step-by-step instruction on you to make is a refreshing and wholesome salad.
Step 1: In a saucepan, add water and place it on medium heat. Add eggs and bring the water o a boil. Let it boil for 8 minutes. Remove the eggs and place them in ice water. Remove the shell and cut them into small pieces or wedges.
Step 2: Wash lettuce leaves, torn them using your hands, or roughly chop them. Place them in a deep salad bowl.
Step 3: Add the hard-boiled eggs to the bowl.
Step 4: Wash the cucumber, cut the edges, and chop it. Add it to the salad bowl.
Step 5: Wash, and slice red radishes as well and add them to the salad bowl as well.
Step 6: Slice avocados and add them to the salad bowl.
Step 7: Cut the feta cheese into cubes and add them to the salad bowl as well.
Step 8: Add paprika, black pepper, salt. Drizzle olive oil on top and using a wooden spoon toss so that all the ingredients are well combined.
Step 9: Serve immediately.
The beauty of a Greek salad is that you can add so many different vegetables to it. It will still taste amazing. Here are a few vegetables you can add to this salad to make it even more tasteful and refreshing:
- Onions: Onions have a unique savory and slightly sweet flavor. They also offer a very satisfying crunch. You can either use red onions or white onions. Whatever you can find easily will work.
- Bell peppers: Bell peppers have a very distinct flavor. Moreover, they come in three beautiful colors that do not just add flavor but also add color to the salad and make it visually appealing. You can dice them or chop them. Either way, they add flavor, crunch, and color to your salad.
- Olives: Olive comes in different flavors as well, ranging from salty to sweet and mild. The best olives for this salad are the kalamata olives. They have a rich, fruity, and smoky flavor. Plus, they add beautiful dark colors to the salad as well.
- Tomatoes: Tomatoes have a unique flavor that stands out. They are plump, juicy, slightly sweet, tangy, and whatnot. You can add chopped tomatoes, and they will do the magic. However, adding cherry tomatoes to this salad is usually a perfect option. They are sweeter and juicier.
- Capers: This ingredient is perfect for those who like sharp and bold flavors that pop. Capers have a salty, olive-like, and lemony flavor that gives the salad zing.
- Lemon juice: You can add fresh lemon juice to the salad as well. It will bring in tanginess and freshness to the salad. Mix lemon and olive oil along with the seasonings to create a dressing.
- Apple cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar has a sharp and slightly sweet flavor and is known for its several health benefits. You can mix apple cider vinegar along with olive oil to make a vinaigrette and dress the salad.
- Honey: Those who like a dash of sweetness to their salad will love to add honey to it. You can add maple syrup to the salad as well. Again, mix it with olive oil to create a sweet dressing for your salad. Honey or maple syrup balances out the tanginess or saltiness of the salad.
How to store Greek salad?
The best way to enjoy this salad is by eating it immediately. However, you can store the leftover salad by placing it in an airtight container and storing it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Furthermore, you can make all the ingredients in advance, store them separately and compile them just before serving. It is a quick and easy way to enjoy fresh salad without having to spend time in preparation.
Enjoy your Salad
Try this refreshing and super quick Greek salad recipe. I am sure you will enjoy the blend of flavors and textures a lot. Thanks to the salad mix, you get leafy greens, vegetables, feta cheese, and hard-boiled egg. This salad is a complete meal and offers all the necessary nutrients you require to let you go through the day.
Greek salad mix with vegetables and feta cheese
- 30 g Salad mix
- 70 g Feta cheese
- 1 Small avocado
- 1 Small cucumber
- 40 g Radish
- 1 Egg hard boiled
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1/5 tsp Spices
- 30 ml Olive oil
- Place lettuce leaves in a deep bowl. You can use a ready-made mix from the store.
- Peel the boiled egg and cut into small pieces. Place in a bowl.
- Wash a small fresh cucumber and chop finely. Wash the radish and cut it too. Place vegetables in a bowl.
- Avocados are best for medium ripeness. Peel, pit and slice the avocado. Place in a bowl.
- Cut the feta cheese into cubes and place in a salad bowl.
- Add salt and spices as desired. Add olive or other vegetable oil. Stir.
- Serve the prepared salad immediately. If you are doing BBQ or do not know what to serve with a side dish, this salad is perfect.