Super Quick Greek Style Salad

Sometimes, life gets in the way.

It just throws so many things at you, there’s just no time to handle everything.

Week-ends end before you’ve even had time to realize that they had started.

To-do lists remain untouched, or at best, half completed…

There’s no time to clean up the house…

No time to take down all those Christmas decorations… (yep, I STILL have some of that lying around the house!)

No time to watch that movie you’d been planning on watching…

No time to write a decent blog post… (sorry about that, guys!)

No time for food…

WHOA! Wait a minute. No time for food? 

No way. Now that just can’t be!

There’s ALWAYS time… for one last kiss for food!

Here’s proof!

This salad right here comes together so quickly, it will only require about 3 minutes and 42 seconds of your time to prepare. And the best part about it is, it doesn’t even require a recipe and it won’t dirty the kitchen at all!

One  mixing bowl, one knife and one teaspoon is all the equipment you will need. 

Oh, and of course, a plate and fork, to eat!

So really? There’s just NO excuse not to make that one.


Here’s what you need: 

  • 1 small English Cucumber
  • 6 baby tomatoes
  • About 12 kalamata olives
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp each: white wine vinegar, olive oil, za’atar, sumac
  • Pinch salt and pepper
  • About 25g soft goat cheese
And here’s what you want to do: 
  1. Grab your cucumber and cut it into 4 pieces lengthwise, then cut each quarter into thick slices.
  2. Cut tomatoes into quarters
  3. Pit and chop kalamata olives (or not!)
  4. Mince garlic clove
  5. Add all that to mixing bowl
  6. Add olive oil, white wine vinegar, za’atar and sumac
  7. Toss.
  8. Transfer to serving plate
  9. Crumble goat cheese overtop
  10. Sit down and take the time to eat!


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  1. Debra says

    This looks so yummy! Now I need to go make me one, but I know I don’t have any za’atar in my cupboard. I’ve never heard of that, but will investigate….

    Thanks for posting this recipe. Healthy eating : )

    • says

      Thanks Debra! I got the bowls at HomeSense if I’m not mistaken, but that was a while ago, so I don’t really remember. I have a problem with kitchenware, you see… I tend to buy way too much! Gets kinda hard to keep track! ;)

    • says

      Thank you Heidi! I have to admit that I might not even have taken a picture had I not elected to eat in that particular bowl that night: the salad was simply too easy to be worthy of a post, in my mind. It was like making toast. I wouldn’t think of making a post on how to toast a piece of bread, you know… well, it was kind of like the same thing for me. But seeing how pretty it looked in that cute little bowl, I decided to take a few quick snapshots. ;) I think it served me well!

  2. says

    I love your Greek salad because it’s authentic! When my husband and I vacationed in Greece last year, it was the first time we had Greek salad without lettuce, as it’s always served here. We prefer it that way!

    • says

      Lettuce with Greek Salad? For real? No way… I think mine doesn’t qualify as Greek because it lacks, A- green bell peppers and B- Feta cheese. I didn’t have any in the fridge that night, and frankly, I really liked it with goat. I might very well use that in the future instead. It tastes awesome and has a lot less sodium! :)

  3. says

    Oooh, this looks delicious! I love mediterranean food! I’ve been reading along for some months now, but I realize I haven’t commented. So, I just want to say thank you for all the wonderful inspiration! As an ovo-lacto (and once in a while pesco) vegetarian, it suits me to no end :D The peanut butter and chocolate energy squares were so delish!

    • says

      Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment, Tanja. I always appreciate them so very much. Glad to hear you’ve been reading me for a while and that I’ve been inspiring you. That IS what this place is all about, and the more people tell me they get inspired, the more this place has a reason to be. So thank YOU for that.

      Real happy you liked the peanut butter squares. Aren’t they the bomb? Now I’m thinking of making a cheesecake version… Should be pretty awesome! :)

    • says

      Any Lebanese, or probably even Greek grocery store should have that… I think even regular grocery stores would have it, in the Ethnic section. At least, they do here! Good luck getting your hands on some. They really are awesome spices to have handy! :)

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