Easy Greek Chopped Salad

[Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Note: In the summer, when the tomatoes have a bit more flavor, I prefer to make this salad without the olives so that the tomato flavor can come through more. It's totally up to you.

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Easy Greek Chopped Salad

About This Recipe

Yield:Serves 4
Active time:10 minutes
Total time:30 minutes
This recipe appears in: Easy Chopped Greek Salad


  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 English cucumber, split into quarters lengthwise and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 small red onion, finely sliced from pole to pole
  • 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives (optional, see note above)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh oregano leaves
  • 1 tablespoon juice from 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. 1

    Combine tomatoes and cucumbers in a large bowl. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and toss to coat. Transfer to a fine mesh strainer and set over bowl. Set aside to drain, about 20 minutes.

  2. 2

    Meanwhile, place onions in a medium bowl and cover with lukewarm water. Rinse and drain thoroughly. Repeat 2 more times until onions lose most of their pungency and taste sweet.

  3. 3

    When tomatoes and cucumbers are drained, combine with onions, feta, olives (if using), mint, oregano, lemon juice, and olive oil in a large bowl and toss to combine. Season to taste with pepper and more salt if desired (the feta is salty so you may not need any extra salt)


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