Greek Rainbow Vegetable Salad

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 ½ 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.

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Greek Rainbow Vegetable Salad

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!
Yield 4 Servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine Greek
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 4 medium on the vine tomatoes
  • 1 large cucumber , peeled
  • 1/2 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 ¼ teaspoon of each)

Instructions

  • Chop all the vegetables into ½ inch cubes.
  • Chop the olives.
  • Crumble the feta cheese.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 659mg | Potassium: 566mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 2273IU | Vitamin C: 113mg | Calcium: 180mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword: Greek Rainbow Vegetable Salad, Greek salad

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!

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. 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!

  2. I’m not a fan of olives so I’d leave those out. I especially love the rainbow of colors and feta makes everything taste awesome.

  3. I love all these flavors! This is a perfect time of year for a Greek salad too being able to buy so many of the ingredients fresh from the Farmer’s Market.

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

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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.

  10. This looks amazing! I love how fresh and healthy it is too. I love bright and colorful salads in the summer.

  11. 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!

  12. This salad looks fabulous, I love each and every ingredient! I think it would taste good sprinkled over lettuce even too, yum! I love that there is no cooking involved, chopping is my therapy!

    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. Looks so delicious and colorful. I love any salad with black olives in it. They are my favorite!

  14. The colors make this salad look so inviting. I love vinegar, so I’m going to put this on my definitely to try list!

  15. This sounds delicious!! It has been so warm so I am loving anything that doesn’t require any cooking.

  16. 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.

  17. This looks so delicious. I will have to try this recipe on the weekend. It would be perfect for my dinner party.

    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!

  18. You are making this pregnant mama hungry! This seriously looks so delicious. And I love the brilliant colors of it too. Looks yummy and beautiful!

    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!

  19. All those colors make me want to dive right in. I love the flavors and textures in Greek food!

  20. 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!

  21. Holy moly that looks good! If I come over will you make me some of that? Geesh it looks good!

  22. 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.

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

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

    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.

  25. The colors, the seasoning, the freshness! This is the perfect salad for summer!!!

  26. 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.

  27. A perfect recipe I plan to make later this week. I loved your photo of all the perfectly diced veggies. 😉 nom!

  28. 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!

  29. The taste of olives with the feta sounds really good. My daughter and I would totally dig in!

  30. Salads is one of my favorite foods to eat. A mediterranean salad is totally at the top of my list.

  31. 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!

  32. 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!

  33. 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!

  34. 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.

    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!

  35. 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!

  36. That looks spectacular! This is exactly what I’ll need after I eat all of the other delicious nom noms you’ve shared with us.

  37. As always… YUM! What I love about this is that I can make up for all the Hawaiian french toast I’ll be eating by having this salad. 😉

  38. Everything is delicious with the addition of feta and olives. This salad is perfect for a summer bbq.

    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!