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.
This Greek chopped salad is of 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 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 jar.
- place all other ingredients (cheese, croutons, black olives) in small ziplocs. NOTE: I drain all “wet ingredients” on a paper towel before placing 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.
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
Greek dressing: My fave homemade Greek dressing is Good Season’s Greek. I make it per the instructions on the envelope except I use 1/2 extra virgin olive oil and 1/2 canola oil. My fave purchased Greek is Zoe’s. There is usually always a bottle or two of it in my fridge also.
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 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!!!
- 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 (I make Good Season's Greek per package instructions)
- Chop lettuce into small, uniform pieces.
- Place lettuce in bottom of salad bowl.
- Layer other ingredients as follows:
- zucchini, cucumber, tomatoes, black olives, onions, croutons, cheese
- Add dressing just before serving; toss well.
Amount Per Serving Calories 722 Total Fat 39g Carbohydrates 63g Protein 35g