Greek Salad with Garlic-Lemon Vinaigrette

October 14, 2013 by Ali

Greek Salad with Garlic Lemon Vinaigrette |

Summer may be over, but I am still in summer salad mode. All I seem to want to eat lately are salads, salads, and more salads! Most of our tasty summer fruits and veggies have already past their prime, but the final round of lettuce and tomatoes are still being harvested. So this weekend, I used them to whip up one of my go-to recipes to put them to use — a classic Greek salad.

I’ve just been told by Google that there are apparently 11,700,000 results out there when you search for “greek salad recipe”. So it looks like I’m not the only one out there who loves this cucumber-kalamata-red-onion-tomato-feta-lemon-vinaigrette Greek goodness. But hey, it’s one of my favorite salad recipes, and I’ve never posted my version on the blog before. So I’m officially making the count 11,700,001. :)

The real reason I’m posting this salad today, though, is because it is part of a surprise virtual baby shower that a bunch of friends are throwing together for Liz from The Lemon Bowl! It just so happens that Liz is getting ready to add another adorable baby boy to the world (her son Asher is already the cutest!!), so we decided to celebrate by sharing a bunch of our favorite lemon-themed recipes online until we can celebrate in person.

Surprise, Liz!!!

Greek Salad Recipe |

Ok, before we get to the recipe, a few words about Miss Lemon Bowl…

I think I first “met” Liz back in my early days of blogging when I discovered her and her blog via Twitter, and then started noticing comments from her at the bottom of my new posts. Let me tell you — Liz is the comment queen!!! She has been unbelievably gracious and faithful over the years to take time to visit her friends’ blogs and keep up on what’s new. And without fail, her trademark kind, encouraging, and usually hilarious comments have a way of completely making my morning. I know that there have been a handful of times that I’ve nervously hit “publish” on a more vulnerable post or two, and Liz is always one of the first to say something encouraging and put my nerves at ease.

Even just this past weekend, I was telling my parents that I was going to be making this Greek salad recipe to celebrate my blogging friend, Liz. And immediately, my mom pipes up, “Oh! Is that Liz from The Lemon Bowl? She seems so nice!” Yes, it’s true, Liz. Our whole fam loves you. :)

But as cool as she is on her blog, encouraging others with the amazing story of her weight loss and countless delicious healthy recipes, Liz is even cooler in person, if that’s possible. I had the total pleasure of getting to hang with her on two blogging trips this summer. And I’m pretty sure we became instant friends. ;) She is, of course, hilarious and awesome to travel with. But more than that, she just has a way of making everyone around her feel valued and welcome and loved, which is pretty darn cool.

Greek Salad Recipe |

So today, a bunch of us are joining together to hopefully make her feel extra loved today with this little virtual baby shower! I was in charge of “bringing” a salad. So since Liz is always posting Greek recipes on her site, I instantly decided I needed to make a Greek salad, complimented by a tasty garlic-lemon vinaigrette. It’s fresh, healthy, lemon-y, easy, and is also a great salad to make and enjoy year-round.

Definitely a great recipe to celebrate a great blogger and her babe to be!

Mwah, Liz!

Greek Salad Recipe |

Greek Salad with Garlic-Lemon Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: About 4 servings


    Greek Salad Ingredients:
  • 1 head Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cucumber, sliced into half coins
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2/3 cup Kalamata olives, pitted
  • 2/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • garlic lemon vinaigrette (see below)
  • Garlic Lemon Vinaigrette Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed (or finely minced)
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper


To Make The Greek Salad:

Toss all ingredients together with desired amount of dressing until evenly mixed.

To Make The Garlic Lemon Vinaigrette:

Whisk all ingredients together until blended. Season with additional salt and pepper if needed.

Greek Salad Recipe |

Here is the rest of the menu for Liz’s baby shower!




Main Dish


filed in Entrees, Salads

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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57 thoughts on “Greek Salad with Garlic-Lemon Vinaigrette

  1. Hi – what would you recommend for replacing the sugar in this?

    - Jessica

  2. I brought this for lunch today and fed several people. They raved about how delicious and healthy and tasteful the whole entire salad was.

    - Dee

  3. Wow! amazing photos! I reached your blog google searching Greek Salad. I am sending you a private message.

    - Ivy

  4. Loved this salad. We just had it again for the second time and so yummy!

    - Candice

  5. I’ve been killing the Greek salads lately… I never knew what was in Greek dressing until just now! It’s so simple, yum!

    - Cassie

  6. This salad is gorgeous :) I love it, so full of flavor!

    - Nutmeg Nanny

  7. A nice change up to one of my fav salads. Going to put this on my to make lists!

    - Darlene

  8. You are so right that Liz just makes all of us feel so special! I’m so glad we had this opportunity to share the love right back to her. :) Your salad is beautiful, btw! :)

    - Nikki @Seeded at the Table

  9. What a pretty beautifully colored salad! Greek salads are my faves :)

    - Sues

  10. Aww, what a sweet post! And it’s so true. Liz is awesome at commenting. I pretty much stopped 6 months ago. Whoops. So yeah, I need to be more like Liz! :D

    And this salad is gorgeous!

    - Erin @ Texanerin Baking

  11. Greek salads are good all year round! Back at school, I used to get a greek salad wrap at least 3-4 times a week for dinner. So good!

    - Sara @ Confectionary Tales

  12. That salad looks AHmazing. Seriously… I must drop everything and make this!!

    - Amanda

  13. I adore salads year round, and I am totally loving this one!

    - Deborah

  14. I love all these lemon posts! This is totally my kind of salad too!

    - Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.

  15. Ali, this salad is so gorgeous and vibrant!

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  16. I love a good Greek salad! Beautiful!

    - Laurie {Simply Scratch}

  17. There is nothing I love more than a citrusy olivey Greek salad! Your pictures are stunning…I tried to eat my screen ;P

    - Sheila

  18. This is one gorgeous salad for one gorgeous girl (from one gorgeous girl!!) I love it!

    - Cassie | Bake Your Day

  19. Those photos are just beautiful! I love greek salads!

    - Julia

  20. How can you not love Liz? Your photos in this post are too gorgeous!

    - Lauren at Keep It Sweet

  21. I love Greek salad and yours is a beauty!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  22. Beautiful!!! And gorgeous, mouth watering photos!

    - amanda

  23. Beautiful photos, Alli! xooxxo Looks fabulous!

    - The Healthy Apple

  24. I love a greek salad and yours looks absolutely perfect!

    - Bree (Skinny Mommy)

  25. Such a beautiful salad, Ali! Liz is the best! So glad we get to celebrate her!

    - Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

  26. Summer is never over when you have a boat load of gorgeous colors like this!!! What a treat!

    - Megan {Country Cleaver}

  27. That sounds looks beautiful. I love all the beautiful colors!

    - Melanie @

  28. So bright and fresh, Ali! I love a good Greek salad!!

    - kelley {mountain mama cooks}

  29. Love the lemon recipe you contributed! So pretty and tasty looking.

    - Sandy Coughlin

  30. Gotta try this recipe, everything looks delicious.

    - Charmaine

  31. I know Liz is totally going wild over this gorgeous Greek salad!

    - ashley - baker by nature

  32. Love a Greek salad! The vinaigrette sounds perfect!

    - Marie @ Little Kitchie

  33. Everything you said about Liz is so perfect and so true! Lovely post, lovely salad.

    - Rachel Cooks

  34. Wow, this salad looks SO good!

    And congratulations Liz!

    - Amy @ The Nifty Foodie

  35. The salad looks great, and what a lovely story about “meeting” Liz and throwing the virtual baby shower for her.

    - Sadye

  36. Such a gorgeous salad Ali!

    - Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

  37. You’re making me cry!!!!! I haven’t even had my coffee yet!!!!! <3 <3 <3 I can't believe your mom knows who I am – that is the coolest. Thank you so much – I loved every word and I want to eat every bite of this gorgeous salad. You know me too well!! xoxoox

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

  38. This is such a sweet idea – I love the blogging community! Also, this salad looks so fresh and appetizing!

    - Ali @ Inspiralized

  39. What a great salad, love the bright and fresh flavours of these!

    - Kathryn

  40. I love a good Greek Salad!! Yours looks fantastic, Ali! Love the sound of that Garlic-Lemon Vinaigrette!

    - Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective

  41. Geek salad are good all year round. I love them!! This is so pretty and fresh. It’s a nice switch to all the fall comfort food! Also, it is total Liz food. I think she would LOVE it! Such a fun and huge baby shower!

    - Tieghan

  42. Haha, that’s a lot of greek salads. You just can’t beat that refreshing and salty salad. Yum! It was a pleasure bringing goodies to Liz’s shower with you, Ali!

    - Caroline @ chocolate & carrots

  43. This salad is so colorful and I love all of the bright flavors! Perfect for Liz’s shower!

    - Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen