You can easily find a Classic Greek Salad recipe, but don't we all love classics? We made this Vegan Greek Salad Recipe, staying true to the traditional recipe, simply changing the big important aspect of making a Feta Greek Salad vegan, the feta cheese. This salad is easy to make, quick, and Delicious.
We decided to take a stab at writing this one, although you might find tons out there. Why? Simply because sometimes, it’s hard to find a good version of this recipe.
This Traditional Greek Salad has a special place in my heart; it’s a dish I ate countless times during my teenage years because my best friend has Greek relatives, and her mom knew how much I loved it.
The secret to getting this delicious vegan Greek Salad right is in the quality of the Greek salad ingredients list.
- Plum Tomatoes
- Red Onion
- Vegan feta cheese block (we like Daiya and Violife)
- Kalamata black olives
- Green bell pepper.
- Extra virgin Olive oil
- Dried oregano
Optional: capers, red wine vinegar, and salt and pepper for the Greek salad dressing.
Some Greek salads don't include capers or red wine vinegar as part of the dressing ingredients... up to you.
💡 Top tips
This salad with olives and feta cheese relies heavily on:
- A big chunk of good quality Vegan Feta Cheese block, un-crumbled!
- Large pieces of fresh vegetables.
- Black olives, preferably Kalamata Olives.
- Thinly slice the red onion in julienne. And soak in water.
- Coarsely chop all your veggies. Leave the skin.
- Mix. Bring all the veggies together in a mixing bowl.
- Season. Add the virgin oil, vinegar, red wine vinegar, dried oregano, and salt (be careful as the Feta, Kalamata Olives, and Capers are salty, so you might not need much).
To serve, place the cheese on top. Resist the temptation of crumbling it and mixing it (or just doing a little), as this will happen as you eat it, and if you do it beforehand, you will lose a lot of the experience of having chunks on it in every bite.
- Cheese - you can use tofu feta as well.
- Dressing recipe - add lemon juice for a tangy dressing.
- Tomatoes - although an authentic greek salad doesn't use cherry tomatoes, you can replace plum tomatoes with them or even grape tomatoes.
- Pasta salad - to make this salad more filling, you can make a vegan greek pasta salad by adding 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of cooked short pasta to the salad. If you care about gluten-free, make sure you use a gluten-free pasta option.
- More intense - you can add one clove of minced fresh garlic or sprinkle just a little garlic powder on top of the fresh veggies before mixing it.
🥢 How to serve
Serve greek salad in a large salad bowl with pita chips or warm pita bread on the side. We also like serving it with a Greek Fasolada, a super easy-to-make white bean soup that is hearty and filling.
Store leftover salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. In fact, after the first day, it will be even tastier!
🥒 Benefits of cucumbers
Make sure you use Cucumbers, it is not the same without them, and you would miss all its health benefits!
Healthy Weight: not only because it hydrates your cells, but it also fills your belly, which may help you eat less. A cup of sliced cucumbers has just 16 calories.
Keeps your Heart Healthy: their antioxidant activity helps slow or stop the heart-related disease. And some research shows that cucumber seeds' unique mix of nutrients could help improve your cholesterol numbers, directly impacting heart health. So make sure to leave the seeds on!
Keeps You Regular: eating healthy foods like cucumber leaves less room for high-salt and high-fat foods that can slow your digestion. Plus, the hydration boost you get from all that water in cucumbers can prevent you from getting constipated. They also have fiber, which aids in keeping things moving along.
Yes, feta cheese is vegetarian. Feta is a cheese that is made from sheep or goat milk. It does not include any meat
Some vegetarians eat eggs, honey, and dairy products; thus, they belong to a group known as lacto-ovo-vegetarians. According to the Vegetarian Society is the most common type of meatless diet. On the other hand, vegans don't, as veganism is a lifestyle that does not approve of any sort of animal exploitation.
🥗 More vegan salads
Learn more about the benefits of cucumber.
- Gorgonzola Lentils Salad
- Couscous And Sprouted Lentils Warm Salad
- Mom's Homemade Salad Vinaigrette
- Vegan Kale Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing
- Traditional Lebanese Tabbouleh Salad
If you try this veganized classic Greek recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don't forget to tag a photo #ourplantbasedworld on Instagram. Cheers!
Vegan Greek Salad
- Thinly slice the red onion.
- Soak the onion in a bowl with water for about 15-30 mins. Doing this will make the onion less pungent. You can skip this step if you don’t mind remaining with onion breath for the rest of the day.
- Coarsely chop all your veggies. Leave the skin.
- Bring all the veggies together.
- Add the virgin oil, vinegar, oregano, and salt (be careful as the Feta Cheese, Kalamata Olives, and Capers are salty, so you might not need much).
- Place the cheese on top. Resist the temptation of crumbling it and mix it (or just do a little), as this will happen as you eat it, and if you do it beforehand, you will lose a lot of the experience of having chunks on it in every bite.
🌡️ Food safety
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking points to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove
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