Full of ripe tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, and creamy feta, your family will love this traditional Greek village salad.
Living just three hours away from Chicago, I have visited the Windy City no less than 40-50 times in my 35 years of life. Of course, as any foodie knows, no trip to Chicago is complete without a meal in Greektown.
What is a village salad?
A village salad is a classic Greek salad with no lettuce
To complement the silky egg-lemon soup (avgolemono) and mouth-watering fried cheese (saganaki), we would always order a large platter of the classic Greek village salad. Made with large chunks of juicy tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, and creamy feta cheese, what makes this salad unique is that it doesn’t contain any lettuce. Just the good stuff!
Drizzled with olive oil, lemon juice, and a sprinkling of fresh dill, every bite of this simple and refreshing salad brings me back to Greektown in Chicago with my family. Take it a step further and serve with a big crush loaf of sesame bread. Looking for the more traditional greek salad? Check out my traditional Greek salad recipe.
Greek Village Salad
- 2 vine-ripened tomatoes (cut in large wedges)
- 1 English cucumber (sliced in large chunks)
- 1 red onion slices (in large chunks)
- 8 ounce block feta (cut in cubes)
- 24 pitted kalamata olives
- 1 lemon juiced
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill (or 1 tablespoon fresh oregano)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Scatter the first five ingredients (tomatoes through olives) on a large platter.
- Drizzle with lemon juice and olive oil. Sprinkle with dill, salt and pepper to serve.
12 thoughts on “Greek Village Salad”
While in Greece I tried a very good kind of cake, light and chewy, possibly made with sesame seeds ground. Are you familiar with the recipe?
No I’m not but that sounds wonderful!
I love all these flavors together!
This looks amazing! I love the flavors of a Greek Salad!
Will be making this next week for sure, Marie Goodson
Let me know how it turns out!!
The Greek restaurant I go to always puts lettuce in their salad, but that’s probably because is cheaper to make it that way. Unfortunately I don’t remember what was in the Greek salad we had on Santorini. From what I’ve learned, though, your recipe is the real deal. I like having access to authentic recipes like this.
Well there is a normal Greek salad with lettuce but this is a Village salad. Thank you so much Susan!
Ok, apparently I live under a rock, because I’ve been to Chicago multiple times, and I’ve never even heard of Greektown! Beautiful salad!
Are you kidding me!?! You must go to Greektown!!!!!
Ahhhh Greektown sounds amazing! I love Greek food, especially for brunch. ;) Feta and dill is also a winning combo, thank you for sharing Liz! :)
I am obsessed with dill!! Thanks girl!