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Mediterranean Salad

This 10-minute Mediterranean salad packed with fresh summer veggies, feta, and chickpeas is the perfect light side salad! Drizzled with garlicky Greek vinaigrette, you’ll love every crunchy bite.

Why You’ll Love This Mediterranean Salad Recipe

Eating all your veggies will suddenly seem like a breeze with this refreshing summer salad full of Mediterranean flair.

  • Wholesome. A homemade vinaigrette ensures you’re only loading up on fresh, wholesome ingredients for lunch (or dinner).
  • Perfect for the summer. It’s packed with crunchy and refreshing ingredients like juicy cucumbers and spicy red onions.
  • Mediterranean-inspired. Every bite of salad comes with peppery arugula, chickpeas, olives, and tomatoes for a taste of the Mediterranean.
  • Versatile. You can top it with grilled shrimp, turn it into a pasta salad, or add leftover veggies.
Ingredients for Mediterranean salad.

What You’ll Need

Tangy feta cheese and salty olives are some of the flavor highlights in this Mediterranean salad. Scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of the post for exact amounts.

  • Fresh arugula – You can use chopped kale, lettuce, baby spinach, or a salad mix.
  • Red pepper – Any color of bell pepper is great.
  • Chickpeas – Use homemade or canned (and drained) ones.
  • Kalamata olives – Make sure they’re pitted.
  • Roma tomato – Heirloom tomatoes work too if you remove most of the seeds.
  • Cucumber – I prefer Persian cucumbers because you don’t need to remove the seeds.
  • Red onion – Sliced green onions are a good swap.
  • Feta cheese – Feel free to use goat cheese.

For the Vinaigrette

  • Red onion – Shallots are a good swap.
  • Garlic – Fresh garlic is best. Avoid garlic powder because it’ll make the mixture grainy.
  • Lemon juice – Reduce the amount by half if you use lime juice.
  • Red wine vinegar – White wine vinegar can be used instead.
  • Dried oregano – Go for dried parsley if that’s what you’ve got on hand.
  • Olive oil – Add regular or extra-virgin olive oil for this.
  • Dijon mustard – Stone-ground mustard works too.
  • Salt and pepper – Kosher salt and freshly-cracked black pepper are best.

How to Make Mediterranean Salad

Whisk, toss, and enjoy! Scroll to the bottom of the post for the full recipe card.

  • Make the vinaigrette. Whisk all the vinaigrette ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Set it aside.
  • Toss the salad. Add the salad ingredients to a large bowl and toss to combine everything. You can also assemble the ingredients over the arugula.
  • Serve. Add salad to serving bowls and pour vinaigrette on top to taste. Enjoy!

Tips & Variations

Fluffy quinoa and juicy grilled shrimp are 2 of my favorite ways to pack more flavor into this hearty Mediterranean salad.

  • Add protein. Top the salad with leftover grilled chicken, turkey, shrimp, or extra-firm tofu to turn this side dish into the main course.
  • Make it a pasta salad. Prepare 1-2 cups of your favorite short pasta like penne or fusilli according to package instructions. Drain it and toss it into the salad for a heartier bite.
  • Add grains. Toss 1/4-1/2 cup cooked (and drained) lentils, quinoa, or couscous into the salad to make it more filling.
  • Use store-bought. If you’re in a rush, swap the homemade vinaigrette for your favorite store-bought one. Try to find organic or low-sodium versions.
  • Add leftovers. Mix in 1/2 cup leftover baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, chopped asparagus, or roasted broccoli to reduce food waste and add more flavor.
  • Set them aside. Only add the tomato and cucumber to each serving bowl so that the arugula stays crisp for longer when you store the salad.
Pouring vinaigrette over the Mediterranean salad.

Serving Suggestions

This refreshing Mediterranean salad is an easy side for chicken, turkey, or seafood dinners. Pair it with my Garlic Herb Roasted Turkey or Air Fryer Chicken Breast for poultry options. For seafood, try my Pesto Salmon or Salmon with Sage Brown Butter Sauce. My Air Fryer Shrimp are great too. If you want to add more veggie sides to your meal, prepare my Air Fryer Green Beans and Air Fryer Asparagus.

Proper Storage

Refrigerate the dressing and salad in separate airtight containers. The dressing will keep for up to 7 days and the salad for 3 days. Serve it straight out of the fridge and drizzle with dressing as usual.

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Mediterranean Salad

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  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This 10-minute Mediterranean salad recipe with cucumber, chickpeas, feta, and Greek vinaigrette is a refreshing summer side.


  • 6 oz. of fresh arugula
  • 1 red pepper, roasted & julienned
  • 1 can (15oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup of halved kalamata olives, pitted
  • 1 small roma tomato, diced
  • 1/2 cup of sliced cucumber
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/4 cup of crumbled feta cheese


  • 1 tablespoon of red onion, finely diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of dry oregano
  • 1/3 cup of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • salt & pepper to taste


Greek Vinaigrette:

  1. To a small bowl add, red onion, garlic, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, dry oregano, olive oil, dijon mustard, salt and pepper. Whisk until emulsified. 


  1. In a large bowl add baby arugula, roasted red pepper, chickpeas, kalamata olives, roma tomato, sliced cucumber, red onion and crumbled feta cheese.
  2. Drizzle with dressing and serve.


  • Serving Size: 1 salad + dressing
  • Calories: 358
  • Sugar: 6 g
  • Sodium: 749 mg
  • Fat: 25 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 27 g
  • Fiber: 8 g
  • Protein: 9 g
  • Cholesterol: 5 mg

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