Add a taste of the Mediterranean to your side salad.
Learning to incorporate salad into your healthy lifestyle is a cornerstone of clean eating and menu planning for weight loss. And the good news is that salads don’t have to be a menu item that we consume based purely on their nutritional value. There are countless ways to prepare a salad so that it combines your favorite ingredients, and contains enough flavor and keeps your interest so that you continue to come back for more! This healthy Greek salad is our take on a classic favorite, and its unique blend of flavors is sure to make it a diet staple in your home.
This Greek salad recipe takes all of the healthiest elements of the Mediterranean diet and uses them to capture the epitome of the flavor of the region many of us are so enamored with. Tomatoes add tangy flavor and are rich in anti-oxidants, as are delicious Kalamata olives, which burst with bold flavor in every bite. Onions add even more complexity to this dish, and greens and cucumber both add antioxidants, fiber, and a satisfying crunch. You won’t miss out on flavor when you dress this fantastic salad with red wine vinegar and extra virgin olive oil, and top with creamy feta cheese.
Because this dish is so low in calories and fat, only containing nutrients and healthy fats that are beneficial to your heart, you can feel free to make it a few times per week, and help yourself to seconds. Let us know if you’ve discovered any additions or variations that make this salad a favorite!
Healthiest Greek Salad
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cucumber large
- 1/2 cup kalamata olives
- 4 tomatoes large, sliced
- 1 onion large, sliced
- 4 cups romaine lettuce or other green lettuce of choice
- 4 ounces feta cheese diced or crumbled
- 1 lemon zested
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- In a small bowl, to make the dressing, mix the extra virgin olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. You can adjust the amount according to taste.
- In a salad serving bowl, mix the lettuce, cucumber, olives, tomatoes, onions, feta, lemon zest and dried oregano. Mix with the dressing when ready to serve.
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Here are more healthy salad recipes:
Endive & Apple Salad with Vinaigrette Dressing
Quinoa Salad with Fresh Vegetables
Roasted Asparagus and Fennel Salad
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How many points would this be without the olives? Thanks!
Alyssa, Without the olives, it will go down about 1 point.
You have really helped improve my cookery skill
Great! Thanks for the feedback. 🙂
Sounds healthy….looks healthy….most likely is….EXCEPT for the sodium!!!!! Too much for someone who has congestive heart failure!!!!!
James, The salt added is in your hands, use a pinch or none at all. 🙂
This is the most delicious salad ever. I have just started Weight Watchers and all of the best recipes I have found have been on your website. Thank you so much. Your website and recipes are amazing!.
Karey, Thanks so much! 🙂
How is that salt content correct? 1/2 tsp divided by 3 gives 901mg/serving??
Hi, there are other ingredients in this recipe, such as olive and feta, that also contain sodium/salt.