How to make my favorite chopped Greek salad and homemade vinaigrette.

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This Greek chopped salad is a fresh, delicious & colorful side that is easy to make ahead for a dinner party or transport to a small group gathering.

Greek chopped salad

This Greek chopped salad is one of my go-to salads for feeding a crowd. It is super easy to prep ahead of time and to stretch to feed a ton of folks without breaking the bank.

Making a salad for a crowd can be expensive~especially when you use gourmet lettuces, fresh fruit, glazed nuts, etc…This Greek chopped salad is fairly cost-efficient to make in large amounts, especially if you buy the romaine at Costco I LOVE their baby Romaine hearts; they are small, pre-washed, and FAB. #worthatriptocostcojustfortheselettuces

Make ahead: I make this salad often for our young married couples’ small group. Since we meet in my friend Deb’s home, I always prep ahead so that it is ready to go when I head to her house. I do the following:

  • chop all ingredients early in the day.
  • put ingredients in separate Ziploc bags.
  • mix dressing (if making homemade) and put in a jar.
  • place all other ingredients (cheese, croutons, black olives) in small Ziplocs. NOTE: I drain all “wet ingredients” on a paper towel before placing them in the bag (olives, tomatoes, anything with moisture)
  • put all ingredients, along with salad tongs, into the salad bowl and into the fridge. Since I serve this in a large wooden bowl, I have to clear a space in my fridge to make room.

Greek chopped salad

The bullet list might seem elementary or silly to those who are more organized and capable of throwing things together on the fly~but that isn’t me. I have to do all of my thinking, prepping, planning, etc….early in the day. Once school is out and my day gets busy, I don’t want to be thinking about making a salad!!  #ineedmargin #doallprepbeforenoonismymojo

My homemade Greek Dressing.

It is so easy to make homemade Greek dressing, and I share my recipe below. If you want an easy option, Good Seasons makes a great Greek dressing packet to which you just add oil, vinegar & water.

Greek Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup good EVOO
  • 2/3 cup Red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl or bottle.
  2. Whisk until oil is emulsified and dressing is well combined.
  3. Keep up to two weeks in the fridge. Bring to room temperature before serving.
Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 130Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 0mgSodium 291mgCarbohydrates 2gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 0g
If you make this salad just for your family, it is super easy to do just before serving. I made this last night in less than ten minutes~just enough time to boil the pasta for the spaghetti.

My Salad Bowl & Serving Pieces: I have several bowls and serving pieces that I use when serving salad to a crowd. The ones in the photos are no longer available (the serving pieces came from Anthropologie; the bowl came from Home Goods a year or so ago). I do have several similar pieces that are available; scroll through the images below (use arrows to the right or left).

I hope this fave salad of mine comes in handy for you the next time salad is on your menu:-)  I’d love to hear from you if you make it or your own version. As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!

Greek chopped salad

Greek Chopped Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 2-3 heads Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2-3 peppers (red, yellow or orange), chopped
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1 English cucumber, peeled & chopped
  • 1 zucchini, peeled & chopped
  • 1-2 bags cherry tomatoes, sliced into halves
  • 6-8 ounce feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 cup or so croutons or Parmesan crisps (I use Wisps from Costco)
  • Greek dressing (prepared or homemade)


  1. Chop lettuce into small, uniform pieces.
  2. Place lettuce in bottom of salad bowl.
  3. Layer other ingredients as follows:
  4. zucchini, cucumber, tomatoes, black olives, onions, croutons, cheese
  5. Add dressing just before serving; toss well.
Nutrition Information
Yield 10 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 464Total Fat 33gSaturated Fat 21gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 122mgSodium 1363mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 5gSugar 10gProtein 23g

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  1. This was so good!! We had my family over for my moms birthday and made it for a side. My new go-to salad for entertaining! I chopped everything a few hours ahead of time and assembled right before serving and was so fresh. Served with Zoe’s dressing as suggested:) I put red onions and black olives on the side because I wasn’t sure if everyone liked those- we have some red onion haters in our family haha. Everyone loved the salad!

  2. Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner!!
    (Well salad dinner, but you get the idea!). It’s delish!

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