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Greek Salad Without Lettuce Recipe

Updated on September 22, 2014

No Lettuce No Problem

Do you ever get sick of eating lettuce? I do as practically every night we have a salad with dinner. Even when I make a pasta or potato salad or coleslaw my husband still wants a lettuce salad. Finally I found a salad to make that does not contain lettuce and it actually satisfied him.

This is basically a Greek Salad but the dressing is not authentic. I used sweet white onions rather than the red onions. I made this salad for dinner the other night to go with a pork recipe that I found here on HubPages along with brown rice and Mediterranean vegetables.

You will find the link for the pork recipe at the bottom of the page.

Greek Salad

Pepperonici Pepper
Pepperonici Pepper | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: 4-5 people when used as a side salad


  • 1 Field cucumber peeled and sliced
  • 2 Large tomatoes chopped
  • 1 White sweet onion
  • ¼ cup of sliced black olives
  • ½ Green pepper sliced
  • Feta cheese cut into chunks
  • Peperoncini Peppers

Instructions For Salad Dressing

In a small bowl combine all the ingredients for the salad dressing and whisk.

Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Salad Dressing

4 TBS Extra virgin olive oil

2 TBS Red wine vinegar

2 Large cloves of garlic pressed

1 Pinch of oregano

2 TBS Fresh lemon juice

1 Dash of hot pepper sauce


In a serving bowl combine onion slices, cucumber, tomatoes, black olives, feta cheese and green pepper slices.

Add the salad dressing and toss. Add the peperoncini peppers to the top of the salad and serve.

5 stars from 1 rating of Lettuce-Less Greek Salad


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    • Just Ask Susan profile image

      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks so much Sheri.

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Yum! Sounds good and different.

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      SilverGenes 4 years ago

      Thanks, Susan! I've been craving hot spicy peppers lately and the combination with feta cheese and olives sounds fantastic!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      SilverGenes, It's always nice to make someone crave food from my pictures :) Thanks!

      If I don't have the peperoncini peppers I will use hot banana peppers.

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      SilverGenes 4 years ago

      This is exactly how I make my Greek salad except for the peperoncini peppers. I'm going to add them next time. Just looking at the photos is making me crave it! I think maybe a really large bowl is in order and I'll just call it an entree. :)

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Carol, You sure can add lettuce if you like. I sometimes like my Greek Salad more authentic without the lettuce.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      I love Greek salads with cheese, peppers etc. It seems easy enough..And I also love those olives. I guess we an add a bit of lettuce. Looks wonderful.

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      cashmere, Very easy salad to make and goes well with most dishes. Hope you enjoy it.

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      cashmere 6 years ago from India

      Sounds easy and yummy. Must try it out!

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      mtsi, I have used kalamata olives in this salad and I agree they are great. Thanks for your comments.

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      mtsi1098 6 years ago

      sounds great...try kalamata olives instead of black olives and greek olive will not regret it...If you do not mind I would like to include this hub into my recipe...thanks

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Movie Master, I still eat quite a bit of lettuce but this is always nice for a change. Thanks for coming by to read and for your comments.

      Keith, Baby spinach is great, and I use it mainly for spinach salads but your sandwiches sound yummy. I try to eat healthy.

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      attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

      Hi Susan, i've gone off normal lettuce. We love greek salads though, with mixed variety lettuces.

      But i prefer baby spinach leaves on my sandwiches, along with cheese, tom's, red onion, avocado and cucumber. Add four pieces of fruit and i'm ready to fly after lunch. It sounds like you eat healthily too. Bravo, and thumbs down to junk food.

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Susan, salad without the lettuce, what a great idea I have grown so much lettuce this year I think I have overdosed!

      Looks and sounds so good, thank you for sharing.

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      nightbear and Ruby, thanks for checking out my salad :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I get tired of lettuce too. This looks really good. Thank you.....

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      Susan Kaul 6 years ago from Michiagn, USA

      I'm like you. No need for so much lettuce. It is just kind of blah, but what a great idea to make a lettuce-less salad. I love this recipe. thank you very much.

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Deborah, Thanks so much for your comments.

      marellen, Hope that you enjoy it.

      carco, Thank you and please let me know if you try it.

      Jackie, Have never thought of adding marmalade to a salad dressing before. Something I will have to try thanks.

      RH, I grew up eating salads with every meal and I carried it through into my marriage, except now if I don't make a salad Al always says, "What no salad?"

      Susan, Greek salad is always a welcomed change.

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago

      I get tired of lettuce salads, too. We love Greek salad and I know we'll enjoy this recipe. Thanks!

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Susan - this sounds great! I have greens or a salad with almost every meal - after Dave and I got married his mom told me he called her and said, "mom! I've never had so much salad all my life!" LOL. What a whiner! I bet Dave would really appreciate this recipe!

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      NMLady, Thanks and hope that you enjoy the salad.

      mythicalstorm, I love peppers too, especially if they are really hot. Thanks for the great comments.

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      Jackie Lynnley 6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This looks great, I make a salad something like this but with cabbage, celery, etc. but this looks fantastic with the onion and cucumber, I will have to have this and the same dressing I use only I have to add a dash of splenda or orange marmalade for a slight sweet that makes the dressing dance on your tongue. Please try it sometime. Thanks for the recipe. I love salads with everything, even pizza.

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      Paul Cronin 6 years ago from Winnipeg

      That salad looks so good, just what I could use for supper tonight! Nice Pic too, thanks for sharing!

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      marellen 6 years ago

      Looks yummy Susan.....I love being creative with salads. I will give this one a try....thanks for sharing.

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      Deborah Neyens 6 years ago from Iowa

      Looks delicious! This time of year I have most of those ingredients on hand in my garden, but for lettuce. Too soon for the fall crop.

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      mythicalstorm273 6 years ago

      I just love reading great looking and sounding recipes!! This sounds absolutely delicious! I love peppers :-) And the dressing really sounds astounding! Yummo! okay time to stop drooling all over the computer ;-)

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      thranax, Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.

      Sunshine, Thanks so much.

      Cardisa, Here is what Wikipedia says about these peppers:

      Peperoncini are mild with a slight heat and a hint of bitterness and are commonly pickled and sold packaged in jars. In Italy these peppers are called friggitello. The Greek varieties are sweeter and less bitter than the Italian varieties.

      Hot banana peppers would work for this salad too.

      Ken, You are correct the authentic Greek salad does not have lettuce and I too prefer it without. I once ordered a Greek salad in the states and it came with a scoop of potato salad in the middle. I found that quite different. Thanks so much for your comments and enjoy that bbq rib eye :)

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      NMLady 6 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      This looks great. I think I have all the ingredients on hand. So I will make this part of supper tonight!

      Thanks! voted up!

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      saddlerider1 6 years ago

      This is excellent Susan, I have eaten many Greek salads in my time both with and without the lettuce. I prefer it without the lettuce, Greeks do not use lettuce in their salads that I am aware of? I love my Greek salads those and Cesar Salads are my choice when I order a salad in a fine dine restaurant.

      Now you made me so hungry for one, I will prepare one tonight with my rib eye I'm going to bbq when I get yummy...I can taste it now.

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      This is different and yummy looking. There is one prob..I don't know the Pepperonici

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Great idea for a lettuce-free salad! Looks and sounds delish! Thanks for sharing!!

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      Andrew 6 years ago from Rep Boston MA

      Thats an interesting recipe for a lettuce-less salad.