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.
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 twoblogging 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.
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!
This salad is so colorful and I love all of the bright flavors! Perfect for Liz’s shower!
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!
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!
I love a good Greek Salad!! Yours looks fantastic, Ali! Love the sound of that Garlic-Lemon Vinaigrette!
What a great salad, love the bright and fresh flavours of these!
This is such a sweet idea – I love the blogging community! Also, this salad looks so fresh and appetizing!
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
Such a gorgeous salad Ali!
The salad looks great, and what a lovely story about “meeting” Liz and throwing the virtual baby shower for her.
Wow, this salad looks SO good!
And congratulations Liz!
Everything you said about Liz is so perfect and so true! Lovely post, lovely salad.
Love a Greek salad! The vinaigrette sounds perfect!
I know Liz is totally going wild over this gorgeous Greek salad!
Gotta try this recipe, everything looks delicious.
Love the lemon recipe you contributed! So pretty and tasty looking.
So bright and fresh, Ali! I love a good Greek salad!!
That sounds looks beautiful. I love all the beautiful colors!
Summer is never over when you have a boat load of gorgeous colors like this!!! What a treat!
Such a beautiful salad, Ali! Liz is the best! So glad we get to celebrate her!
I love a greek salad and yours looks absolutely perfect!
Beautiful photos, Alli! xooxxo Looks fabulous!
Beautiful!!! And gorgeous, mouth watering photos!
I love Greek salad and yours is a beauty!
How can you not love Liz? Your photos in this post are too gorgeous!
Those photos are just beautiful! I love greek salads!
This is one gorgeous salad for one gorgeous girl (from one gorgeous girl!!) I love it!
There is nothing I love more than a citrusy olivey Greek salad! Your pictures are stunning…I tried to eat my screen ;P
I love a good Greek salad! Beautiful!
Ali, this salad is so gorgeous and vibrant!
I love all these lemon posts! This is totally my kind of salad too!
I adore salads year round, and I am totally loving this one!
That salad looks AHmazing. Seriously… I must drop everything and make this!!
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!
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!
What a pretty beautifully colored salad! Greek salads are my faves :)
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! :)
A nice change up to one of my fav salads. Going to put this on my to make lists!
This salad is gorgeous :) I love it, so full of flavor!
I’ve been killing the Greek salads lately… I never knew what was in Greek dressing until just now! It’s so simple, yum!
Loved this salad. We just had it again for the second time and so yummy!
Wow! amazing photos! I reached your blog google searching Greek Salad. I am sending you a private message.
I brought this for lunch today and fed several people. They raved about how delicious and healthy and tasteful the whole entire salad was.
Hi – what would you recommend for replacing the sugar in this?
You can substitute in honey.
This looks great! Do you happen to have the nutritional information on this? Would love to have the calories, saturated fat, protein, and sugar. Thanks so much.
Thanks Aimee, we hope you enjoy! Unfortunately though, we aren’t sure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!
Thank you for responding.
This salad was just wonderful. I’ll be making it again and again! Thank you
Wonderful, so happy to hear it!
My wife and I love this salad dressing! Both this and your Italian salad are in frequent rotation in our home.
Best Greek salad dressing ?, I can’t make enough of it, my granddaughters love it , I have to make it for them,or have it on hand for them, that’s all they want to eat. them, even drink it.. LOL , So a big thank you for sharing.