WHAT IS GREEK SALAD?
Greek Salad (also known as horiatiki salad) is a traditional Greek dish made with juicy tomatoes, fresh cucumbers, sliced red onion, green bell peppers, kalamata olives, creamy feta cheese and dried oregano. The fresh veggies are mixed in a Greek salad dressing or a simple dressing of just extra virgin olive oil, a little salt and black pepper.
Greek Salad can be a healthy side dish that comes together in minutes. Especially during the spring and summer months. If you’re looking to turn your greek salad from a side dish to the main meal, I’ve got some ideas for you below!
You could also combine some of these recipes together to create a flavourful and satisfying meal. Another great addition could be serving a greek salad with chicken breast, lemon butter grilled prawns, or fresh fish for a lighter meal.
1. Creamy Whipped Ricotta Toast With Honey
It’s surprising how quick and delicious whipped ricotta really is! It’s also a very versatile spread and dip. You can add different seasonings and fresh herbs to adjust the flavour of whipped ricotta to your liking or what you’re serving it with.
I love having light and creamy whipped ricotta with honey on sourdough bread. I think a perfect light lunch is whipped ricotta on thick crusty bread with a side of classic greek salad.
2. The Best Spanakopita Recipe Ever (Greek Spinach Pie)
Spanakopita, Greek salad, and tzatziki sounds like a great combo to me! This spanakopita recipe is made with homemade phyllo dough so that it’s soft and crispy at the same time. Deliciously filled with fresh spinach, creamy feta cheese, fresh herbs, white onions, and a secret ingredient so that the spanakopita doesn’t become soggy. This recipe is a little time-consuming, but it makes a large portion (about 20 pieces), so it’s definitely worth the extra effort!
3. Easy Greek Rice Recipe
Greek rice is so flavourful and made with simple ingredients. Aromatic fresh herbs and sautéed onions bring the flavours of a Greek restaurant into your kitchen! You can add some thinly crisp cucumber, chopped cherry tomatoes, and finely sliced red onion for a semi-greek salad rice bowl.
4. Quick Spicy Feta Cheese Dip (Tirokafteri)
Feta and Greek salad go so well together, and if you’re looking to spice up your Greek salad, you could try eating it with tirokafteri (whipped spicy feta dip) instead of regular feta cheese.
5. The Best Greek Stuffed Tomatoes and Peppers (Gemista)
Gemista is a comforting dish made with ground beef and a herby rice filling. Gemista (while still delicious during the winter months) is very popular in the spring and summer when tomatoes and bell peppers are in season. Another favourite warm-weather greek dish? You guessed it.. greek salad!
6. Easy Oven Baked Greek Tofu Recipe
A great protein-filled vegetarian option to enjoy with Greek salad. Greek oven-baked tofu is marinated with fresh lemon juice, olive oil, oregano, and a few other greek seasonings. Perfect bite-sized pieces that are crispy on the outside and soft in the middle.
7. Baked Salmon With Creamy Dill Mayo
Creamy dill mayo is made from fresh dill, a little lemon juice, whipping cream, diced white onions, capers, white wine and mayonnaise. The sauce is then generously poured over oven-baked salmon. What’s not to love!? Enjoy baked salmon and creamy dill sauce with delicious Greek salad and rice.
8. The Best Creamy Tomato Pasta Sauce
Fresh whipping cream with tomato sauce creates a beautiful pink colour. The flavours of crumbled creamy feta cheese, sundried tomatoes, garlic, and shallots combine for the most delicious penne pasta sauce.
9. Easy Roasted Tiny Lemon Potatoes Recipe
Oven roasted greek style potatoes are ready in less than 30 minutes. Drizzled with creamy honey mustard sauce, dried oregano, crumbled feta, and fresh rosemary. Greek potatoes are a very versatile side dish!
10. Traditional Greek Pork Souvlaki Recipe
A very common food pairing! Pork souvlaki with Greek salad. There’s a reason it’s so popular!
11. Super Simple Pita Bread Recipe (No Yeast)
Doughy and warm pita bread pretty much goes great with everything. You can also serve Greek salad with fresh crusty bread so that you can dip it into the homemade vinaigrette or Greek salad dressing.
12. Homemade Meatballs With Marinara Sauce
Easy, juicy, and so full of flavour! Oven-baked meatballs made with lean ground beef and fresh herbs are a great high-protein and filling option to enjoy with traditional Greek salad, tzatziki and pita bread.
13. Easy Spaghetti With Meat Sauce (Makaronia me kima)
Homemade spaghetti and meat sauce is the ultimate comfort food! You could add some mozzarella cheese on top and bake it in the oven or enjoy it as is with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Serve spaghetti and meat sauce with authentic greek salad and fresh bread for an easy family-favourite weeknight meal!
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