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American Greek Salad with Lettuce (The Best & Easy!)

American Greek Salad with Lettuce is a big green salad filled with all the feta cheese, tomatoes, onions, and cucumbers you love! The tangy Greek dressing has the best flavor and is perfect for a giant Greek Salad Platter!

american greek salad with lettuce

We’re chatting all about an easy Greek salad recipe that will be a big hit at your next dinner gathering. It’s not a traditional Greek salad but has components of an authentic Greek salad. 

If you’re looking for a great recipe that will become your go-to salad recipe and remind you of the Greek food you order from a restaurant, this is the recipe post for you!

Introduction to American Greek Salad with Lettuce

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There’s something utterly refreshing about a bowl of American Greek Salad with Lettuce, especially when the temperatures start to rise. What sets this delightful dish apart is its harmonious blend of crunchy, fresh salad ingredients topped with a simple yet utterly delicious dressing. 

Unlike its traditional counterpart from Greece, which typically shies away from leafy greens, the American version warmly embraces lettuce, adding an extra layer of crispness that truly elevates the salad. 

Whether it’s for a bustling family gathering or just a personal craving, this salad has become a firm favorite of mine, gracing the table as a vibrant side or a fulfilling main dish all year round. 

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Key Takeaways:

  • American Greek Salad with Lettuce features a delightful mix of crisp vegetables and a light, appetizing dressing. 
  • The inclusion of lettuce distinguishes it from traditional Greek salads, adding a refreshing crunch. 
  • Perfect for any occasion, it’s a versatile favorite for family gatherings and personal meals alike. 

Essential Ingredients for Your Greek Salad

  • Romaine Lettuce: The crunchy base that brings this American Greek Salad to life. 
  • Cucumbers: Crisp and refreshing, they add a delicious crunch. 
  • Tomatoes: Choose plump and juicy ones for a burst of flavor. 
  • Shallots: For a sharp, but sweet note that ties all the flavors together. 
  • Feta Cheese: Creamy and tangy, it’s the crowning glory of any Greek salad. 
greek salad with romaine

Feel free to personalize your salad with optional add-ins like cherry tomatoes for a sweeter taste or green onions for a mild kick. You can also add in kalamata olives and green bell peppers for even more flavor.

Remember, the secret to an extraordinary American Greek Salad with Lettuce lies in choosing fresh and high-quality ingredients, ensuring a flavorful and unforgettable salad experience. This time, you choose what you like best about the best Greek salad you’ve had and make it your own!

Homemade Greek Salad Dressing

Let me guide you through the simple art of creating the heart of our American Greek Salad—the homemade Greek salad dressing. 

It’s where the symphony begins, with just a few quality ingredients: extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and/or red wine vinegar, a sprinkle of dried oregano, and that final flourish of sea salt and black pepper. 

Homemade Greek Salad Dressing

This isn’t just a salad dressing; it’s a tickle to your taste buds, a trip to the sunny coastlines. I love whisking these ingredients together in a small bowl, feeling like a maestro conducting an orchestra. 

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But here’s a tip: for a super smooth consistency, you can blend them in a food processor. The magic happens when you taste and tweak. More oregano? A dash more lemon juice? It’s all up to you. 

Your palate is the judge, ensuring every bite of your American Greek Salad sings with flavor. 

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I love the addition of feta cheese and Dijon mustard in my Greek lettuce salad dressing!

Assembling Your Salad

First, let’s get all our fresh ingredients ready. 

  1. Wash your romaine lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, and shallots, under cold water. Make sure to pat them dry with a kitchen towel to get rid of any excess moisture. I love using a salad spinner to get my lettuce and veggies as dry as possible! 
  2. Chop the lettuce into bite-sized pieces, slice the cucumbers and tomatoes, and thinly slice the shallots. This will ensure every bite is filled with a burst of flavor. 
  3. Combine all your fresh veggies in a large bowl. Toss in the crumble in the Feta cheese. The variety of colors and textures already looks inviting!
  4. Drizzle your homemade Greek salad dressing, made from extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, vinegar, oregano, sea salt, and black pepper, over the salad. The key here is to pour evenly to coat every piece. 
  5. Gently toss everything together, making sure the dressing has lovingly coated each ingredient. You want every forkful to be an explosion of Mediterranean flavors.
  6. I like to add extra creamy feta cheese on the top before serving! 
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Variations and Serving Suggestions

Now, if you’re anything like me, you adore playing around with recipes to make them utterly your own. 

That’s the beauty of cooking, right? 

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With our tantalizing American Greek Salad with Lettuce, the customization options are endless. 

Imagine tossing in plump artichoke hearts or extra crisp cucumbers for that additional crunch. 

greek chicken skewers

And for my fellow protein lovers, a topping of succulent grilled chicken transforms this dish from a simple salad to a showstopping main course. I served it with Greek Chicken Skewers!

But that’s not all. Picture this salad as the star of your light lunch, or gracing your dinner table as a vibrant side dish. 

homemade tzatziki sauce with sour cream

For those grand family gatherings, why not serve it alongside other favorites for a full-blown feast? Lay out Homemade Tzatziki Sauce with Sour Cream and freshly grilled pita or naan bread.

Plus, if you’re adhering to a low-carb diet, rejoice! With its nutrient-packed ingredients and customizable nature, this salad caters to your needs without skimping on flavor. After all, who said healthy eating had to be boring?

Serve all the components to a Greek Platter separately, so your people can make up their own plate.

Finding Joy in Every Bite

There’s something truly special about diving into a bowl of American Greek Salad with Lettuce. 

Perhaps it’s the way the crisp, fresh lettuce melds with the juicy tomatoes, the crunchy cucumbers, and the pungent bite of the red onions. 

Or maybe it’s the salty pop of the Kalamata olives against the creamy Feta, all brought together by a zesty dressing of olive oil, vinegar or lemon juice, and a sprinkle of oregano. 

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This salad, with its bountiful array of garden cucumbers, green peppers, and either cherry tomatoes or robust European cucumbers, is more than just a dish; it’s a celebration of texture, flavor, and color. 

As someone who deeply enjoys this salad, whether it’s brightening up a family party or serving as a vibrant centerpiece for a light lunch or dinner, I invite you to embrace this American twist on a Greek classic. 

Adding your own personal touch can transform it, perhaps with a variety of lettuce or an adventurous dressing like Blue Cheese. It caters beautifully to any diet, aligning smoothly with nutritional information and diet suggestions for those keen on low-carb or South Beach diet plans. 

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I encourage you to share this delight at your next gathering, experiment with its ingredients, and find your very own version that resonates with joy in every bite. And when you do, I’d be thrilled to hear about your experiences, variations, or any personal spins that made it uniquely yours. 

Dive into the world of homemade salads, and let the American Greek Salad with Lettuce surprise you every single time. 

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American Greek Salad with Lettuce (The Best & Easy!)

  • Author: Sweetpea
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: salad
  • Method: no-cook
  • Cuisine: greek

Description

American Greek Salad with Lettuce is a big green salad filled with all the feta cheese, tomatoes, onions, and cucumbers you love! The tangy Greek dressing has the best flavor and is perfect for a giant Greek Salad Platter!


Ingredients

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  • 2 Heads of Romaine Lettuce, chopped, washed, and dried
  • 1 pint Grape Tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 large, English Cucumber, diced
  • 2 large Shallots, thinly sliced
  • 4 Green Onions, sliced
  • 4 ounces Feta Cheese, crumbled (the big brick in a brine is best!)

DRESSING:

  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • Juice of one Lemon
  • 1 TBS Oregano (if using fresh oregano, use 1/2 tablespoon)
  • 1 Garlic Clove, peeled and plopped into the jar
  • 1 TBS Dijon Mustard
  • 2 TBS Feta Cheese
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper


Instructions

  1. Prep your Greek Dressing up to a few days ahead of time! Just add all the ingredients into a jar, and give it a really good shake until it’s all incorporated.
  2. For the salad, wash and dry your veggies then chop them all up to whatever size you prefer.
  3. If you’re making a big salad platter like the one pictured, you’ll lay down your lettuce first.
  4. Then, top it with tomatoes, shallots, green onions, cucumbers, and feta cheese.
  5. Serve the dressing on the side, or if you’re serving in a big bowl toss it all together.

Notes

I prefer to leave this salad undressed, and allow people to dress their own.

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