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Whole30 Greek Salad (Vegan, Low Carb)

$10.19 Recipe/$2.55 Serving

Whole30 Greek salad is the perfect lunch or dinner salad, simply add your favorite protein for a super satisfying meal.

This salad has the best creamy Greek dressing (made with kalamata olives) that will quickly become your new favorite salad dressing recipe! Naturally vegan, gluten free, dairy free and low carb friendly, this salad is great for entertaining or weeknight meals.

Greek salad in a wooden bowl.

Why you will love this recipe

  • The Kalamata olive dressing is better than anything you can buy in stores and rivals restaurant house salad dressing. The creamy greek dressing is made with just a few ingredients and has a great Mediterranean flavor that goes well with so many dishes.
  • Greek salad is always a crowd pleaser! This recipe would be great for entertaining, picnics, potlucks or given as a gift to someone that has just had a baby or surgery. This Whole30 greek salad is also vegan, gluten free, dairy free, low carb, keto friendly and paleo. That means that no matter what your food preferences are, you could enjoy this salad.
  • Customize the salad with your favorite proteins! This salad would be great with greek chicken or salmon or topped with chickpeas or white beans to keep it vegan. Traditional greek salad often has feta cheese as well, so if you are not dairy free, you could also add that on as well.
Ingredients for kalamata olive dressing.
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Kalamata olive dressing Ingredients

  • Kalamata olives
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Lemon juice
  • Olive oil
  • Dijon mustard
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Italian seasoning
  • Dried oregano

How to make vegan greek dressing

  1. Add all the ingredients to a high speed blender
  2. Blend 10-30 seconds depending on how chunky you want the dressing.
Kalamata olive dressing before and after blending.

Greek salad ingredients

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved (or roma tomatoes chopped)
  • Cucumber (I like to use English cucumber so you don’t have to peel the outside and can eat the seeds)
  • Red onion
  • Kalamata olives (optional)
  • Pepperoncini peppers (optional)
  • Homemade kalamata olive dressing
Ingredients for greek salad.
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How to make a vegan Greek salad

  1. Thinly slice the romaine lettuce so it’s easy to eat with a fork. Add the lettuce to a large bowl.

    Large bowl of shredded romaine lettuce.
  2. Slice the cucumber, half the tomatoes and thinly slice the red onion. Add the veggies to the top of the salad greens.
  3. Cut the Kalamata olives in half and add them to the salad with the pepperoncini peppers.

    Chopped veggies on a greek salad before stirring.
  4. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss until well combined.  Serve immediately.

Top tips

This salad recipe is a fun twist on the authentic Greek salad, as the authentic Greek salad does not have lettuce. I love the crunch from the romaine though so I had to include it. If you want a more authentic salad, leave off the romaine and double the cucumbers and tomatoes.

Romaine lettuce tends to wilt pretty quickly once there is dressing on it. Don’t add the dressing to the salad until right before you are serving it if possible. You could toss the salad with the dressing about 1 hour before serving if needed.

To make this salad more meal prep friendly, make the dressing and chop all the veggies ahead of time and just wait to add the dressing 1 serving at a time.

Other add-in’s

If you are looking for more veggies or more toppings to take this salad to the next level, here are my top recommendations:

  • Roasted red peppers or fresh bell peppers, chopped
  • Chopped artichoke hearts (canned or jarred)
  • Sautéed asparagus, broccoli or cauliflower chopped small
  • Cubed avocado (adds that creamy texture you may miss from the feta)
  • Pickled red onions (in place of the red onions or in addition)
  • Capers
Kalamata olive dressing being poured over greek salad.

What to serve with this vegan Greek salad

This salad is a great base for your favorite protein. This greek salad is great base for leftover proteins as well, since the dressing is so flavorful. You could add:

Kalamata olive dressing in a bowl.

What to do with leftover dressing

This homemade Whole30 Greek dressing is amazing on salads but you could also use it:

  • As a marinade
  • Over grilled or roasted veggies
  • Over roasted potatoes
  • On pasta salad or potato salad

How to store whole30 greek salad

Fridge: Store leftover Greek dressing in the fridge for up to a week.

If you want to prep this salad ahead, chop all the veggies ahead of time and wait to add the dressing until right before serving.

Substitutions

Kalamata olives: For the longest time I did not like olives at all. The Kalamata olives elevate this dressing to a whole new level. If you do not have Kalamata olives or don’t like them, you can simply omit them and add 1-2 more tablespoons of olive oil.

Red wine vinegar: I love red wine vinegar in homemade greek dressing. You could also use apple cider vinegar or the juice from an additional ½-1 lemon.

Lemon juice: Lemon juice adds a different level of acidity and sweetness to the dressing. If you don’t have lemon juice you can use 1-2 more tablespoons of vinegar.

Extra virgin olive oil: you could also use avocado oil if you are out of olive oil.

Dried oregano: this helps add to that greek flavor. You could also use 1 tablespoon of fresh oregano or omit it completely.

Garlic powder: I like to use garlic powder in dressing recipes because biting down on a large piece of garlic is never fun. If you just love fresh garlic in recipes, you can add 1-2 cloves fresh garlic in place of the garlic powder or in addition to the garlic powder. Garlic powder does add a bit of umami and balance to the recipe.

Any of the veggies in the salad: The salad is super versatile. If you don’t like one of the vegetables listed or don’t have it on hand, simply omit that veggie and check out the list above for more options you could add!

Greek salad with dressing drizzled over top before stirring.
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Greek salad in a wooden bowl with dressing being poured over the salad.

Greek Salad with Kalamata Olive Dressing

$10.19 recipe, $2.55 serving
Greek salad with kalamata olive dressing is the perfect Mediterranean dish! Packed with flavor, this simple salad is easy to throw together and is very customizable. Add your favorite protein for a hearty meal. The recipe is vegan, Whole30, low carb and paleo friendly!
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: kalamata olive dressing, mediterranean salad dressing, vegan greek dressing, vegan greek salad, whole30 greek salad
Prep Time: 8 mins
Total Time: 8 mins
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

Kalamata Olive Greek Dressing

Greek Salad

Instructions

Kalamata Olive Greek Dressing

  • Add all the dressing ingredients to a high speed blender.
  • Blend on high for 10-30 seconds depending on how smooth you want the dressing.

Greek Salad

  • Chop the romaine lettuce hearts into thin, easy to eat pieces.
  • Slice the cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, kalamata olives and pepperoncini peppers and add them to the bowl with the romaine lettuce.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad right before serving. Toss well.

Notes

You can easily double the dressing recipe and store it in the fridge for up to a week. Use the extra dressing for another salad, to pour over pasta salad or roasted veggies. 
This salad is best when the dressing is added within an hour of eating. The romaine lettuce will start to wilt after some time with the dressing, so if you need to make this salad ahead of time for parties/get togethers, wait to add the dressing until right before serving. 
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Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
Calories
205
Fat
 
14
g
Carbohydrates
 
19
g
Fiber
 
7
g
Sugar
 
6
g
Protein
 
4
g
Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database.
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