Greek Salad with Garlic-Lemon Vinaigrette

Greek Salad with Garlic Lemon Vinaigrette | gimmesomeoven.com

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 | gimmesomeoven.com

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 | gimmesomeoven.com

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 | gimmesomeoven.com

Greek Salad with Garlic-Lemon Vinaigrette

This Greek Salad is easy, healthy, flavorful, and quick to make! And the garlic lemon vinaigrette is always a favorite!

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Greek Salad Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

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

Appetizers

Beverages

Salads

Main Dish

Desserts

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Comments

  1. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — October 14, 2013 @ 6:03 am (#)

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

  2. Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — October 14, 2013 @ 6:41 am (#)

    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!

  3. Tieghan — October 14, 2013 @ 7:02 am (#)

    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!

  4. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — October 14, 2013 @ 7:11 am (#)

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

  5. Kathryn — October 14, 2013 @ 7:12 am (#)

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

  6. Ali @ Inspiralized — October 14, 2013 @ 7:27 am (#)

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

  7. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — October 14, 2013 @ 7:33 am (#)

    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

  8. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — October 14, 2013 @ 7:43 am (#)

    Such a gorgeous salad Ali!

  9. Sadye — October 14, 2013 @ 8:05 am (#)

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

  10. Amy @ The Nifty Foodie — October 14, 2013 @ 8:32 am (#)

    Wow, this salad looks SO good!

    And congratulations Liz!

  11. Rachel Cooks — October 14, 2013 @ 8:36 am (#)

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

  12. Marie @ Little Kitchie — October 14, 2013 @ 8:58 am (#)

    Love a Greek salad! The vinaigrette sounds perfect!

  13. ashley - baker by nature — October 14, 2013 @ 8:59 am (#)

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

  14. Charmaine — October 14, 2013 @ 9:06 am (#)

    Gotta try this recipe, everything looks delicious.

  15. Sandy Coughlin — October 14, 2013 @ 10:04 am (#)

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

  16. kelley {mountain mama cooks} — October 14, 2013 @ 10:16 am (#)

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

  17. Melanie @ carmelmoments.com — October 14, 2013 @ 10:35 am (#)

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

  18. Megan {Country Cleaver} — October 14, 2013 @ 10:41 am (#)

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

  19. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — October 14, 2013 @ 11:24 am (#)

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

  20. Bree (Skinny Mommy) — October 14, 2013 @ 12:45 pm (#)

    I love a greek salad and yours looks absolutely perfect!

  21. The Healthy Apple — October 14, 2013 @ 3:59 pm (#)

    Beautiful photos, Alli! xooxxo Looks fabulous!

  22. amanda — October 14, 2013 @ 4:44 pm (#)

    Beautiful!!! And gorgeous, mouth watering photos!

  23. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — October 14, 2013 @ 4:51 pm (#)

    I love Greek salad and yours is a beauty!

  24. Lauren at Keep It Sweet — October 14, 2013 @ 4:57 pm (#)

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

  25. Julia — October 14, 2013 @ 8:19 pm (#)

    Those photos are just beautiful! I love greek salads!

  26. Cassie | Bake Your Day — October 14, 2013 @ 8:36 pm (#)

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

  27. Sheila — October 14, 2013 @ 8:50 pm (#)

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

  28. Laurie {Simply Scratch} — October 14, 2013 @ 10:34 pm (#)

    I love a good Greek salad! Beautiful!

  29. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — October 14, 2013 @ 10:41 pm (#)

    Ali, this salad is so gorgeous and vibrant!

  30. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — October 14, 2013 @ 10:56 pm (#)

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

  31. Deborah — October 15, 2013 @ 2:06 am (#)

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

  32. Amanda — October 15, 2013 @ 6:48 am (#)

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

  33. Sara @ Confectionary Tales — October 15, 2013 @ 12:19 pm (#)

    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!

  34. Erin @ Texanerin Baking — October 15, 2013 @ 12:38 pm (#)

    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!

  35. Sues — October 15, 2013 @ 8:20 pm (#)

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

  36. Nikki @Seeded at the Table — October 15, 2013 @ 10:08 pm (#)

    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! :)

  37. Darlene — October 21, 2013 @ 9:59 am (#)

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

  38. Nutmeg Nanny — October 21, 2013 @ 8:06 pm (#)

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

  39. Cassie — October 21, 2013 @ 9:05 pm (#)

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

  40. Candice — November 15, 2013 @ 12:52 pm (#)

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

  41. Ivy — November 23, 2013 @ 1:38 pm (#)

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

  42. Dee — April 28, 2014 @ 5:10 pm (#)

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

  43. Jessica — June 10, 2014 @ 3:44 pm (#)

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

    • Ali — July 18, 2014 @ 3:01 pm (#)

      You can substitute in honey.

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