April 15, 2014

Ultimate Greek Chopped Salad


I can't even tell you how many times I've made this salad. So. Crazy. Good. I keep going back to it because it's crisp, refreshing, and flavorful (with an added protein boost from the beans!) And I love how fast it comes together. The red wine vinegar-oregano dressing is made in under a minute, then you just chop up the veggies, toss it all together, and do a face plant right in the center of the bowl. Errr... I mean eat it gracefully with a spoon :) Either way. This was one of the early posts I did on the blog, and since I've already made it several times this year I wanted to get better photos to share with you all. I hope you give it a try!


Vegan, gluten-free

Ingredients
1 hothouse cucumber
4-5 ripe roma tomatoes
1 large red bell pepper
1 small red onion
15 oz. can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
Optional: olives, feta, pepperoncini

{For the dressing}
3 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tsp. oregano
1/4 tsp. salt

Directions
Make the dressing: in a small bowl, combine all ingredients and whisk to combine. Set aside.
Dice the cucumber, onion, bell pepper and tomatoes (removing any excess liquid from tomatoes).
Put vegetables and garbanzo beans in a large bowl.
Add dressing and toss to combine.
Can eat immediately or refrigerate for at least an hour to let flavors combine. Some dressing will settle on the bottom, so stir before serving.

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32 comments:

  1. You are the salad Queen! This looks like another winner. :) I love Greek flavours and your photos are incredible. It looks fresh and delicious.

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    1. Aww, you are too sweet Sharon! Thanks so much. Definitely love me some salads!! :D

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  2. This was delicious and so refreshing! We've been eating it all week. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Stephanie! Awesome! I love having a batch in the fridge to munch on all week too :) So glad you enjoyed it!

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  3. I made this tonight. We took a wheat wrap, place some very thinly sliced turkey on the wrap and then put the salad on it and rolled it. I added black olives and Feta cheese to the salad too. It was super delicious and very filling. We can't seem to get out of the cold weather and this just reminded us of what summer is like. Thank you for posting such a delicious recipe.

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    1. Hi Pat and Fritz! Oh I love the idea of this in a wrap!! Great idea, and I'm glad it gave you guys an early taste of summer. The sun will come soon!! ;) Thanks for the message!

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  4. How many does this recipe serve as a side dish? I am making it for 15!

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    1. I would definitely double it! That should be enough for a small side for everyone. Hope you enjoy it! :)

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  5. my family - AND my kids - loved this! I added a little bit of feta cheese for more flavor. Was excellent!

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    1. Yay!! Glad everyone loved it! Isn't great to have meals the entire family will eat and enjoy!? Makes meal time so much easier :) Thanks for the message!

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  6. This looks great. I am hoping my husband won't mind the beans. If so, more for me!

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    1. Hi Emily! You could definitely make it without the beans! Then again... you may not get it all to yourself ;) Hope you enjoy!

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  7. Lose the beans and add black olives and feta cheese. :-)

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  8. Totally going on the menu.
    Great looking salad!

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  9. This looks DELISH! I just wanted to add with the others how I can't wait to try it out.

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    1. Hi Sue! Thanks! I love hearing people so excited about the recipes - hope you enjoy it! :)

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  10. Made this Saturday and added black olives and feta cheese. It is absolutely delicious and very pretty too!

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    1. Hi David! Wonderful to hear you enjoyed it, thanks for the message. I made another batch on Saturday too! Such a refreshing summer dish :)

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  11. I stumbled across this on Pinterest and ended up making it last night as a side for dinner. It was so simple and good! Thank you for posting it!

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    1. Hey Danielle! Yay - so glad you tried it and enjoyed it with your dinner! Thanks for the message!

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  12. I just saw this salad, is like heaven, omg, you are the best. Memphis, TN

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  13. Just made this beautiful and yummy salad! Substituted fresh basil for the oregano, used my immersion blender to combine ingredients of the dressing, little feta sprinkled on top. Oh my!!! Had to tell myself to step away from the bowl:) Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Hi Martha! So glad you enjoyed it! I always have trouble stepping away from this one too ;) I LOVE that you blended up fresh basil for the dressing. Amazing idea - I'm definitely doing that next time!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  14. Just made it tonight and we have friends coming over. Tastes delicious! Only thing I added was a little fresh basil on top.

    Mimi
    http://thisdomesticateddiva.com

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    1. Hi Mimi! Fantastic to hear - hope everyone enjoyed it! Love your addition of fresh basil, one of my favorite herbs. It's so summery! :)

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  15. Great salad! I swapped out the red wine vinegar for fresh lime/lemon juice. Added the zest of lime/lemon to the salad. Used fresh basil the salad and nixed the oregano ( not a huge fan of oregano). Added feta and olives. Used cheery tomatoes because I have a ton in my garden. Yummy!

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    1. Hi Linda! I'm am absolutely loving your adaptions to this!! I bet the fresh basil and lemon/lime juice really brightened it up. And what a great use for your garden tomatoes! YUM. Thanks so much for coming back to let me know :)

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