Greek Rainbow Vegetable Salad

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A delicious Greek Vegetable salad in a rainbow of colors. Fresh and healthy it is topped with salty rich feta and kalamata olives. Less than 200 calories a serving, eat the rainbow! Growing up eating Middle Eastern food on a daily basis can get a bit tiring. Most recipes are rice based with a grilled meat. Lots of oregano, cumin, coriander and special spices like Za’atar and Sumac. This salad is one I grew up eating on an almost weekly basis and I never grew tired of it! That should be a ringing endorsement to you! A delicious Greek Vegetable salad in a rainbow of colors. Fresh and healthy it is topped with salty rich feta and kalamata olives. Less than 200 calories a serving, eat the delicious salad rainbow!

There is no cooking involved, but there is quite a lot of chopping. That is why when you see this salad at Whole Foods or Dean and Deluca you end up paying a LOT for it. The payoff is that it is fresh and crisp and can be made AND dressed ahead of time since it doesn’t have any lettuce that can get soggy. This also makes it a great dish for entertaining since it gets better and better as it sits out during your event.

You can also mix up your vegetables depending on what you prefer. I’ve made it before with all different colored bell peppers, zucchini or even celery. The dressing is really great as it sits and soaks into the ingredients. As a kid I would eat this salad in pita bread that I tore in half to make it into pockets. Sometimes I would even spread some hummus inside the pocket first before loading it up with salad. You can also feel great about eating as much of it as you would like since it is so healthy!

Chop all the vegetables into 1/2 inch cubes. Chop the olives. Crumble the feta cheese. A delicious Greek Vegetable salad in a rainbow of colors. Fresh and healthy it is topped with salty rich feta and kalamata olives. Less than 200 calories a serving, eat the rainbow!
Mix the olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, salt and pepper together in a small bowl. Don’t worry about it separating, we are going to pour it over the salad immediately. A delicious Greek Vegetable salad in a rainbow of colors. Fresh and healthy it is topped with salty rich feta and kalamata olives. Less than 200 calories a serving, eat the rainbow!
Layer in the following order: red onions, cucumbers, yellow bell pepper, red bell pepper, tomatoes, feta cheese and olives.
Pour the dressing over the salad. Let sit for about half an hour if you can.

Recipe

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Greek Rainbow Vegetable Salad

  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Course: Salad
  • Cuisine: Greek
A delicious Greek Vegetable salad in a rainbow of colors. Fresh and healthy it is topped with salty rich feta and kalamata olives. Less than 200 calories a serving, eat the rainbow!

Ingredients

  • 4 medium on the vine tomatoes
  • 1 large cucumber , peeled
  • 1/2 a red onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 4 ounces feta cheese (my favorite is Bulgarian Feta, but any kind will do)
  • 3 ounces kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • kosher salt and black pepper to taste (I use 1/4 teaspoon of each)

Instructions

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  1. Chop all the vegetables into 1/2 inch cubes.
  2. Chop the olives.
  3. Crumble the feta cheese.
  4. Mix the olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, salt and pepper together in a small bowl.
  5. Don't worry about it separating, we are going to pour it over the salad immediately.
  6. Layer in the following order: red onions, cucumbers, yellow bell pepper, red bell pepper, tomatoes, feta cheese and olives.
  7. Pour the dressing over the salad. Let sit for about half an hour if you can.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 Servings, Amount per serving: calories

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Dinner then Dessert TIPS You may notice my vinaigrette ratio is 1:1 for oil to vinegar. This is a personal preference, I have always liked extra vinegar in my dressings. To make it more along the lines of a classic ratio, you can do a 2:1 oil to vinegar blend. A delicious Greek Vegetable salad in a rainbow of colors. Fresh and healthy it is topped with salty rich feta and kalamata olives. Less than 200 calories a serving, eat the rainbow!

A delicious Rainbow Greek Vegetable salad in a rainbow of colors. Fresh and healthy it is topped with salty rich feta and kalamata olives. Less than 200 calories a serving, eat the rainbow!

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    1. YES! When I was a kid and feeling sick my mom would make me a cup of tea, give me pita bread, feta and olives. Now when I am sick it is all I want to eat. The flavors of feta and olives are so nostalgic for me!

  1. I love how healthy and delicious this is. I can see having this with a nice seared steak or maybe some chicken.

    1. We enjoyed it with a cast iron skillet seared ribeye! Hey it only has 200 calories which means it is totally acceptable to eat it with a nice thick steak!

    1. You’re so sweet 🙂 Some clients have said the same thing. With the circus our lives are that may be a bit further off in the future!

  2. Wow! The colors and flavors of this dish are tantalizing. As it can be made in advance, this is the perfect summer salad for big backyard parties and for picnics at the beach. Thanks so much for sharing such a delightful recipe.

  3. Oh wow this is my kind of salad! I am the same – I like a lot of vinegar – my favourite is balsamic. I need to try this out. I love salads – don’t make nearly enough!

    1. My mom was always heavy handed with the vinegar when I was a kid too, so I learned to love having the vinegar be a prominent flavor!

  4. My family all love salads. They’d eat them everyday if they could. This would be a perfect one to pack for the park down the street. So colorful and heathly!

  5. I need to stop surfing when I skipped lunch, this looks delicious and I am STARVING! I could go for this greek rainbow salad right about now!

  6. I love Mediterranean food (especially Greek food). I absolutely love the flavored and spices, but again, I don’t eat it every day. This salad looks incredible. I love eating it but never had a recipe for it to make on my own. I can’t wait to try it!!

    1. When I see it in the prepared food section I always know it took someone a while to make up that huge tray of it!

  7. What a lovely dish! I love all the bright, happy veggies! It isn’t hard to eat well when it tastes this good.

    1. Aww thanks. Yeah I just stood by the bowl before dinner eating it by the spoonful with no guilt. The only other salad I do that with is the Chipotle Corn Salad that is oil free.

    1. Sometimes I deviate from the over the top indulgent recipes for a minute and go healthy… Then I sneak off and eat it with a ribeye.

  8. Now this looks like a fabulous salad. I am all about salads, especially during the summer. Thanks so much for sharing…

  9. I am always look for new ways to add a variety of vegetables to our meals. This looks like a great recipe for that!

  10. I know some friends who would eat this right up, I love the color to it. Will certainly share this with my Greek food loving friends, I am not a fan of the ingredients, sadly 🙁 Boo.

  11. This is so beautifully colorful! My daughter’s can’t have dairy but about once a week I cook a dinner for just my husband and I after they go to bed and I am thinking I will have to try this as I love feta!

    1. Me too. If you want to try a great feta, I use Bulgarian Feta. The flavor is AMAZING and creamy. You can always find it in middle eastern grocery stores. It will spoil you from normal feta you find in the supermarkets forever. Also, it is usually like 2.99 or 3.99 a lb!

    1. Oh yes, when I was pregnant I craved lettuce and tomato sandwiches. My husband thought I was nuts. I just didn’t want meat for the first 2/3rds of the pregnancy. Now the last third is a different story, all I wanted was In N Out!

    1. Thanks! I always feel healthier when I eat this salad. 🙂 Just such bright colors and I remember being taught the stronger the colors the more vitamins the vegetables have!

  12. I can not wait to try this recipe. I love to try new salad recipes. I will have to get the ingredients i need tomorrow.

    1. I’ve totally made it with lettuce too. And slightly baked pita bread that isn’t quite as crispy as pita chips. Totally delicious.

  13. This recipe is a must for me to bookmark. We are eating more vegetarian meals and I have a jar of olives just sitting there waiting for this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Wow, that looks so good. Nothing like fresh vegetables. I’ve been looking for ways to mix it up. I’m going to try this.

  15. I love anything Greek inspired because it is guaranteed to have olives and feta! This salad looks great. I love all the colourful veggies.

  16. I just love salads like these. They are the best. We went to the farmers market last week and I have been making new things since. Now, I have these odd ingredients and I just chopped them all up and put them in a large bowl. Some vinegar, oil and seasoning and I called it Summer Fresh. LOL It was good.

  17. Cheerful, bright colors and crunchy ingredients like feta cheese and diced tomatoes make this salad so appealing. Thanks for the great recipe for Greek Rainbow Vegetable salad.

  18. This looks and sounds like a delicious recipe! I would love to make this for our family sometime.

  19. This Greek Rainbow Salad looks so yummy! It’s so refreshing and I’m sure I would love it for lunch soon!

  20. My friend just brought this salad over for lunch today. I’m so glad she told me it is your recipe. I love how the feta absorbed all the flavors to add another texture with the crisp veggies. Best way to eat veggies ever!