Greek Chopped Salad – A fresh chopped salad with a gorgeous assortment of veggies and a Greek dressing so delicious you could drink it straight!
I like to think that my palate has ‘matured’ over the years. Well, at least in some ways. I still enjoy a gooey peanut butter and jelly sandwich with Cheetos every now and then. And I do have a thing for fruit snacks. Welch’s tropical ones are the best as far as flavor goes, but you can’t beat the Disney-shaped fruit snacks. My favorites are the Disney Princesses and Cars. How can you eat a gummy shaped like Mater and not smile?? One of the greatest characters ever animated, hands down.
And occasionally, I eat ice cream for breakfast. It’s not that big of a deal, I mean we all eat cake for breakfast, so why not ice cream? Speaking of eating cake for breakfast have you checked out THESE Red Velvet Cheesecake Pancakes?? Oh my word. Heaven in my mouth. Second only to THESE Strawberry Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes. Those take the cake. Ha! Take the cake.
But when I’m not eating those things, I like to eat a variety of delicious things. Vegetarian, fully-meat-loaded, brothy soup, creamy soup, rich and decadent…. I like it all. And I really like vegetables. A few of my favorites? Sugar snap peas, cucumbers, spinach, and every pepper imaginable.
Then again, I was never a veggie-hater either. As a kid, of course I’d pick the popsicle over a bowl of green beans (still do!) but when I sat down to dinner and my mom served up some squash or a killer salad, I was happy to dive in. Hopefully my someday-children will inherit that same trait. I’m kind of a softy with kids so if they refused my butternut squash and asked for Skittles, I’d probably try to find a middle ground with yogurt. Hopefully they’ll come around eventually and fall in love with veggies for the wonderful things that they are.
A few years back I attended my cousin’s wedding in California and we had dinner at some noodle-place. One of the courses served was an a-maz-ing greek salad. I couldn’t get enough of that salad, I just kept shoveling it in til there was no more in sight. And then I’d ask for more. I think they eventually served some kind of meat and then cheesecake but I couldn’t take my attention away from that Greek salad. This is my at-home-version of that addicting salad. So unbelievably good. This recipe doesn’t call for any meat but trust me you won’t miss it! This Greek Chopped salad is so full of flavor you will be lost in its wonderful array of flavors in moments. But. If you really really need some protein… I guess you can add a grilled chicken breast or something. I’d be okay with that. In fact, I might even do that the next time I make this salad. P.S. the dressing? Wow. Just wow.
Greek Chopped Salad
- 1 red pepper, chopped
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 6 cups chopped romaine or hearts of romaine lettuce
- 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, halved or diced
- 1 large tomato, chopped
- 1 red onion, chopped
- 1 large cucumber, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano,
- 1 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- Whisk together all ingredients for dressing and store in a covered container at room temperature until ready to use.
- In a large bowl, add romaine lettuce, olives, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, and toss to combine. Top with feta cheese and salad dressing. Enjoy!