Build Your Own Greek Salad

The contrast of sweet tomatoes, crisp cucumber and tangy feta gives this salad a bright, refreshing flavor. You can whip it up in one big bowl, but for family meals with picky eaters in attendance, we recommend you arrange it on the table salad-bar style, which allows each family member to create their own unique version of this Mediterranean classic. Olives and cucumbers only? No problem. Cheese on the side, not touching the other foods? You’ve got it! Finally a salad recipe everyone in the family will love!


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For the salad:

  • 2 plum tomatoes, diced
  • 1 1/2 English cucumbers, diced
  • 1 red pepper, finely diced
  • 3 tablespoons red onion, finely diced
  • 1 cup pitted kalamata olives, whole or halved
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped

For the dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

To complete the Greek salad:

  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped


To make the salad:

Kid: Place the diced tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper and red onion together in a large bowl. Fold in the olives and parsley and toss together until well mixed. Or assign children the task of putting individual vegetables into small, separate bowls.

To make the dressing:

Together: Whisk the red wine vinegar, mustard, honey, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper together in a small bowl.

Together: Slowly add the olive oil to the dressing, whisking constantly.

To complete the Greek Salad:

Kid: Pour the dressing to taste over the salad and toss to ensure all the vegetables are evenly coated. Crumble the feta cheese on top, sprinkle with parsley, divide into 6 portions and enjoy!

We’ve teamed up with the Kids Cook Monday initiative to bring you a weekly recipe that encourages families to set aside the first night of every week for cooking and eating together as a family. Be sure to check out their website for more great ideas on how to empower your kids in the kitchen!

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