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Chopped Greek Salad

While living in San Diego during college, I had a favorite Greek casual dining spot. Now that I'm back in my hometown, I've re-created some dishes from the Greek diner and it takes me right back. —Jennifer Tidwell, Fair Oaks, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 cups chopped romaine
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1/3 cup sliced Greek olives
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pepperoncini
  • DRESSING:
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons pepperoncini juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • Place first 7 ingredients in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients. Drizzle over salad; toss to combine. Serve immediately.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Extra virgin olive oil adds flavor to the dressing. If you don’t have it on hand, regular olive oil will work, too.
  • Kalamatas are the most widely known Greek olives. They are almond-shaped and deep purple-black in color.
  • Health Tip: Replace the feta cheese with toasted pine nuts to make this a healthy vegan salad.
    Nutrition Facts
    1-1/2 cups: 235 calories, 14g fat (2g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 617mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 6g fiber), 7g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable.

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    • amygattuso
      Apr 28, 2020

      Nice flavor. I added chopped beets.

    • Beema
      Mar 25, 2020

      While this salad is truly delicious, it cannot rightly be called a Greek salad due to it's missing the base of potato salad, as the traditional Greek salads all have. I did add the potato salad, and loved the result, and it was a lot easier than the traditional recipes with up to 30 ingredients.

    • Appy_Girl
      Jul 3, 2018

      Any grilled meats or fish will gladly welcome this fresh, clean tasting salad. Olive oil keeps it on the light side while tangy ingredients take it to the Tasty Side. Perfect choice for hot summer nights. Volunteer Field Editor.