Greek Peasant Salad

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5 from 1 vote
Peasant Salad is one of those dishes that make you think of warm Greek islands. This light, refreshing salad is bursting with fresh, seasonal ingredients that are perfect for any summer occasion whether it be as a main course or a side for something fresh from the grill.
Prep: 20 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Clear glass bowl filled with Peasant salad on a white tablecloth.

Peasant Salad is one of those dishes that make you think of warm Greek islands. This light, refreshing salad is bursting with fresh, seasonal ingredients that are perfect for any summer occasion whether it is a main course or a side for something fresh from the grill.

Clear glass bowl filled with Peasant salad on a white tablecloth.

This Peasant Salad is a take on the Greek Horiatiki salad. Every locale on the planet seems to have their own take on simple, seasonal, fresh dishes that can be savored. They are usually economical to make, easy to share and enjoyed by all. What does Horiatiki mean? Find out here.

For more great quick and easy salad dishes, check here.


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  • 30 Minute Meal: Less than 30 minutes to a fabulous meal.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or from your garden.
  • Family Friendly: This salad is fun, fresh and delicious, therefore your family will love it.
  • Adaptable: Can make it with what you have on hand or adjust to make it pleasant for your families needs.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: Best served fresh but great the next day too.
Spoon of Peasant salad with bowl of peasant salad below.

What You Need to Make Peasant Salad

Greek Salad Ingredients

  • cherry tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • red onion
  • canned chickpeas
  • roasted red peppers
  • Kalamata olives
  • Feta cheese
  • fresh mint
  • fresh basil
Peasane salad ingredients in clear dish.

GREEK SALAD DRESSING RECIPE

Dressing ingredients for peasant salad,

Equipment

How to Make Greek Cucumber Tomato Salad – Step by Step

Create dressing and shaking it up to combine.
  • Mix: First, in a large bowl combine the Greek Salad ingredients: tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, chickpeas, roasted red peppers, olives, cheese, mint and basil; Toss to combine.
  • Make the Greek Salad Dressing: Add all Greek Salad dressing ingredients to a jar with a tight fitting lid. Next, shake to combine. Then pour dressing over salad and toss to combine.
  • Serve: Finally, serve immediately.
All the ingredients in a bowl before and after combining for Peasant Salad.

Common Questions About Peasant Salad

IS THERE LETTUCE IN GREEK SALAD?

No, traditional greek or peasant salads do not contain any type of greens.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE DIFFERENT CHEESE?

The salty bite of the feta cheese is an intrical part of the dish, however you can substitute Halloumi or a goat milk cheese for this salad.

RECIPE BE DOUBLED?

Sure, having a big get together you can make more and share.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE MADE AHEAD OF TIME?

Indeed, the dressing can be made ahead of time to have all the flavors meld together. However, try not to assemble the actual salad until right before serving. It really does come together quick.

SHOULD THE CHEESE BE PLACED IN WHOLE?

Certainly many put the cheese in whole for presentation purposes but I like having even distribution throughout the salad. It keeps everyone happy that way.

Side view of a clear bowl displaying Peasant Salad.

Expert Tips for Making Salads

  • Add Croutons: Toast some of your favorite bread and add them to the salad to soak up all the juices.
  • Nuts: Toasted Pine nuts add a great little crunch.
  • Variation tip: Vegan? Tofu works great in place of the feta.
  • Alternate ingredient: Capers add a great salty bite to this dish.

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Clear glass bowl filled with Peasant salad on a white tablecloth.

Peasant Salad

5 from 1 vote
Peasant Salad is one of those dishes that make you think of warm Greek islands. This light, refreshing salad is bursting with fresh, seasonal ingredients that are perfect for any summer occasion whether it be as a main course or a side for something fresh from the grill.
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Servings: 8 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes halved
  • 2 English cucumbers diced
  • 1/2 red onion minced
  • 15.5 oz canned chick peas drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers chopped
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives halved and pitted
  • 1/2 cup Feta cheese chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil chopped
  • DRESSING
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic grated
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon House Seasoning Blend

Instructions

  • In a large bowl combine tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, chick peas, roasted red peppers, olives, cheese, mint and basil; Toss to combine.
  • Add all dressing ingredients to a jar with a tight fitting lid.
  • Shake to combine.
  • Pour dressing over salad and toss to combine.
  • Serve immediately.

Expert Tips

 
  • Add Croutons: Toast some of your favorite bread and add them to the salad to soak up all the juices.
  • Nuts: Toasted Pine nuts add a great little crunch.
  • Variation tip: Vegan? Tofu works great in place of the feta.
  • Alternate ingredient: Capers add a great salty bite to this dish.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 837mg | Potassium: 503mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 889IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 2mg

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This recipe is my personal adaption of an ethnic inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe.  I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible for the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.

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