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Greek Tomato Salad

by Amy D

I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen so many Facebook posts, and blog posts that are all like, “we went on vacation to this beautiful lush, tropical locale and I drank all these fun fruity little cocktails with umbrellas’ and I liked them so much that when I came home I had to make my own version.”

Greek tomato salad vegetables

And then I’m over here like, uh I went to Wal-mart and bought raisin bran, and I was really good, I even put on mascara and put my hair in a ponytail before I left the house. Okay, I put on mascara and had a decent ponytail the first 5 times I went to Walmart this week, that last time though, I just wore sunglasses and walked real fast.

Pshh. Keeping it real today folks, keeping it real.

Greek Tomato Salad Chopped Veggies

Talking bout real life, today’s recipe is inspired by a salad I eat almost every week through the summer– my grandma’s tomato salad. It’s not a fancy dish. It relies on the workhorses of most Midwesterner’s gardens; tomatoes, cucumbers. and onions. Grammy doesn’t get around well enough to have a full garden anymore, but that doesn’t keep her from having her share of fresh garden veggies. It also doesn’t stop her from making all of us lunch every Friday. Seems like  every week one of her friends has brought by goodies from their gardens knowing they’ll be put to good use.  I’ll warn you now, I’m sure my Grammy’s tomato salad is better than mine, because I know y’all will agree, just ain’t  nobody’s cooking that can come close to matching your grammy’s.

Greek Tomato Salad

I took the base for grammy’s salad and put in a few flavors that I love to make this Greek tomato salad, but still kept it simple enough to let it’s country goodness shine. Fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, peppers, olives and feta come together with Greek vinaigrette for a quick and colorful summer side dish.

I love recipes that just get better the next day, don’t you? If only all leftovers were like that. Well this Greek tomato salad is a dish that tastes even better the next day when all the flavors have had a chance to mingle.Greek Tomato Salad

Perfect to bring along for a potluck or backyard barbecue, this salad goes well with most main dishes or is hearty enough that you could pile it on a pita for a vegetarian main dish.

Greek Tomato Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Author Amy D.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium sized cucumber
  • 1 small sweet yellow onion
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 3-4 medium sized tomatoes , about 3 cups
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 2.25 ounce can sliced black olives or 1/4 cup sliced kalamata olives
  • 1/2 cup Greek vinaigrette
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Chop the cucumber, onion, pepper, and tomatoes. Add in one can of drained sliced black olives or 1/4 cup of sliced kalamata olives, 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese, and 1/2 cup Greek vinaigrette. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Mix well.

Recipe Notes

Although this salad can be eaten right after it's prepared, it tastes better after letting it set for an hour or two.

 

 

 

Greek Tomato Salad
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Kait @ Our Foodie Appetite July 28, 2015 - 12:46 pm

This is totally a salad you would find in greece! My husband and I were there last spring and he ordered a Greek salad thinking it was just going to be a normal lettuce salad…just in Greece. Boy was he wrong haha. It was just like this one and he doesn’t like tomatoes. Needless to say, I ended up eating it! =) http://www.ourfoodieappetite.com/el-arepazo-latin-grill-review-gahanna-oh/

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Renee July 22, 2015 - 9:54 am

This is the perfect summer salad! YUMMY!!! I’m making this recipe soon!

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Amy D July 22, 2015 - 6:12 pm

Great Renee! Hope that it’s as much of a hit with your family as it is in mine.

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olivia giovanni July 20, 2015 - 7:58 pm

I’m barbecuing this weekend and this salad would make a great side dish! Thanks for the recipe 😉

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Amy D July 21, 2015 - 11:45 am

Olivia, you’re right. This would be a perfect and easy side dish for your barbecue. I hope that you make this and that you love it!

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[email protected] Cooking on the Front Burner July 20, 2015 - 7:25 pm

This is totally my type of salad with all the wonderful flavors you have going on! Perfect on a warm summer night.

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Amy D July 21, 2015 - 11:43 am

Yes! I have been known to just have a big bowl of this for dinner on a hot summer night. Cold salads are great through the summer.

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Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness July 19, 2015 - 9:47 pm

I love the fresh vegetables in this salad. Sounds simple, but really delicious. Also love the colors.

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Amy D July 21, 2015 - 11:42 am

Thanks Dawn, don’t you just love when you can find dishes that are pretty, simple, and delicious? It’s also nice when they just happen to be healthy, which this one is.

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Tirralan - Tinseltown Mom July 19, 2015 - 6:47 pm

This is my kind of salad! Thanks for the easy recipe.

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Amy D July 21, 2015 - 11:40 am

Thanks Tirralan, I hope that you enjoy!

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Meri Rasoi - Saumya Mishra July 18, 2015 - 12:05 am

Love the colours in the salad. Feta is a good choice for such delish salad!

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Amy D July 21, 2015 - 11:31 am

I love feta in salad. My husband prefers shredded cheddar, but crumbled blue or feta cheese are usually the ones I go to first.

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KC July 17, 2015 - 9:59 pm

This sounds delicious! It wouldn’t be as good with store bought veggies and I don’t have a garden. May need to get to a farmers market soon.

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Amy D July 21, 2015 - 11:30 am

I usually try and grow some tomatoes every summer. I didn’t this year because of the work on the house, I knew that if I tried they would just die. Perks of living in a tiny farming community–it’s not hard to find homegrown veggies! Farm stands abound.

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Sheena @ Tea and Biscuits July 17, 2015 - 9:45 pm

You salad looks lovely! It would taste great with some home grown tomatoes!

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Amy D July 21, 2015 - 11:24 am

Yes, home grown tomatoes are probably my absolute favorite veggie from the garden. I don’t have a green thumb, but I usually try and grow some tomatoes every year to have for recipes like this one and fried green tomatoes.

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Jenn July 17, 2015 - 8:32 am

So simple, but so flavorful! A great combo!

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Amy D July 21, 2015 - 11:18 am

Simple summer recipes are the best, don’t you agree? I don’t mind spending hours in my kitchen in the winter when it’s nasty outside, but right now there’s so much I want to be out doing with my kiddos.

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cristie @ Little Big H July 17, 2015 - 8:19 am

This looks and sounds really delicious. Love it.

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Amy D July 21, 2015 - 11:12 am

Thanks Cristie, this was the first time I tried to do dark photography. So I’m glad you think it looks delicious! I have so much to learn still with my photography.

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