Mediterranean Chopped Salad

5 from 133 votes

Make this Mediterranean Chopped Salad for a large crowd. It's full of veggies, chickpeas, feta cheese, and olives and tossed in a lemony herb dressing!

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This Mediterranean Chopped Salad is fit for a crowd! It’s not only large enough to feed 6-8 people, but its ingredients are essentially larger than life in the flavor they pack! I make my Mediterranean Chopped Salad with simple vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions mixed with chickpeas, feta cheese, and olives and toss it all in an herby, lemony vinaigrette!

Overhead shot of chopped salad with ingredients layered in rows over lettuce.

All you have to do is chop all the ingredients, make the dressing, and then mix everything together right before you serve it. It’s an easy salad that feeds a crowd and has them coming back for seconds.

why you’ll love this Mediterranean chickpea salad

  • Easy to make. This salad only requires a few simple chopping steps, and then you’re done!
  • Can be made ahead of time. This salad can easily be made a day or two in advance, which makes it perfect for meal prep or entertaining!
  • Packs a flavor punch. The combination of fresh herbs, salty feta cheese and olives, and tangy vinaigrette makes this salad irresistible!
  • Perfect for a crowd. This salad is large enough to feed a crowd and can easily be doubled or tripled for even more people!

Ingredients TO MAKE Mediterranean chopped salad

The great thing about chopped salads is that you can pretty much chop whatever vegetables you want and throw them all together. Since this is a Mediterranean chopped salad, I’m leaning more towards ingredients typical in Mediterranean recipes.

Salad ingredients

  • Romaine lettuce: Chop it finely or use other mixed greens instead.
  • Tomatoes: Small juicy kinds are best, so I gravitate towards grape or cherry tomatoes and cut them in half lengthwise.
  • Persian cucumbers: These are my favorite cucumbers that I essentially always have around and use in my recipes. They are small, sweet, and pretty much seedless. They’re also known as the burpless cucumber because they don’t have any stomach upset issues that might be typical of other cucumbers… The skin is so thin that it’s easier to eat and doesn’t require peeling.
  • Chickpeas: Canned, rinsed, and drained chickpeas work well here. Chickpeas are a great plant-based protein, so it actually rounds out this salad to make it a complete meal. If you’re not a fan of chickpeas, white beans work well in this salad as well.
  • Kalamata olives: They give a briny salty flavor to the salad. You can also add jarred artichokes or pepperoncini for a similar effect.
  • Red onions: Chop these up the smallest compared to the other ingredients, so they blend more easily into the salad and don’t give anyone a big surprise in the mouth when they bite into a large one.
  • Feta: Because it’s Mediterranean!

Dressing ingredients

You can absolutely just toss this Mediterranean chopped salad with any store-bought dressing. But the dressing I’m using in this recipe is so quick to make, that it’s worth taking a few minutes to prep it and whisk it together.

  • Olive oil: Use a good quality extra vi handrgin olive oil for the best flavor.
  • Lemon juice: This adds acidity have ony to the dressing. You can also substitute any type of vinegar, like red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar.
  • Dijon mustard: I use mustard to add flavor and to help emulsify the dressing.
  • Garlic: A must in any good dressing!
  • Herbs: Go with what you like or what you have on hand. To enhance the Mediterranean flavors, I am using dried oregano. You can also use fresh or dried dill, thyme, or parsley.
Ingredients before being prepped for salad recipe.

How to make Mediterranean chopped salad

This salad is really simple to make! I like to make my dressing first to give it time to come together while I’m chopping up the vegetables.

whisk the Dressing

  1. Add all the ingredients to a glass container.
  2. Whisk together all the ingredients until emulsified.
2 image collage whisking together dressing ingredients in small glass measuring cup.

Assemble the salad

  1. Assemble the salad in a large bowl by placing the chopped lettuce first.
  2. Follow with a line of chopped tomatoes in the center.
  3. Layer the chickpeas and cucumbers next to the tomatoes.
  4. Continue layering the rest of the veggies until the salad is complete.
4 image collage of lettuce in a large serving bowl and adding each topping to the salad in individual lines with tomatoes, chickpeas and cucumbers, olives and feta, then red onions.

Tips for making the best chopped salad

  1. Cut the veggies uniformly. This will ensure that the salad is evenly mixed and that all the ingredients are easy to eat in one bite.
  2. Don’t skimp on the herbs. The herbs really make this salad, so don’t be afraid to use a good amount!
  3. Use a good quality olive oil and dijon mustard. This will make all the difference in the flavor of your dressing.
  4. Taste as you go. Season the salad with salt and pepper to taste. I also like to add a little bit of lemon juice at the end for extra acidity.

popular substitutions & additions

  • Add in some protein. Chicken, shrimp, or steak would all be great additions to this salad.
  • Make it vegan. Omit the feta cheese and use a vegan cheese like Violife in its place.
  • Use other greens. If you’re not a fan of romaine lettuce, feel free to use other mixed greens or even spinach.
  • Toss in some extra veggies. I like to add in chopped bell peppers or jicama for extra crunch.
Dressing poured over a big bowl of salad with lettuce, olives, chickpeas, chopped tomatoes, diced cucumbers, feta, and diced red onions.

what to serve with Mediterranean salad

how to store a chopped salad

Store any leftover chopped salad in the fridge. I like to store it in a large container with a lid so that I can shake it up before serving. To prolong the shelf life, keep the dressing stored separately.

how long will a chopped salad last in the fridge?

A chopped salad will last in the fridge for about 3 days before the lettuce starts to wilt.

Frequently asked questions

What’s the difference in a chopped salad and a regular salad?

A chopped salad is a salad that has all of its ingredients chopped into small pieces. This makes it easier to eat and also allows the flavors of the ingredients to mix together more evenly.

What’s the best way to chop vegetables for a salad?

I like to use a food processor fitted with a slicing attachment to quickly and evenly chop my vegetables. You can also use a mandoline slicer or even just a sharp knife to chop the veggies by hand.

How do you keep chopped salad from getting soggy?

The best way to keep chopped salad from getting soggy is to store the dressing separately and only dress the salad right before serving. You can also add in a little bit of acidity, like lemon juice or vinegar, which will help to keep the veggies from getting soggy.

Two spoons scoop a serving of Mediterranean Chopped salad from a large serving dish.

A chopped salad is a great way to get all of your favorite salad ingredients into one bowl! This Mediterranean chopped salad is packed full of flavor and can easily be customized to fit your taste. The dressing is simple to make and uses common ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. I like to serve my chopped salad with some grilled chicken or lamb chops for a complete meal. This salad will last in the fridge for about three days, making it perfect for meal prep!

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This Mediterranean Chopped Salad recipe was originally published on February 28, 2019. The recipe has been slightly modified to make the dressing with olive oil instead of vegetable broth (it was originally an oil-free recipe sponsored by a broth brand). The post now includes new step-by-step photos for how to make the chopped salad.

Mediterranean Chopped Salad

Make this Mediterranean Chopped Salad for a large crowd. It's full of veggies, chickpeas, feta cheese, and olives and tossed in a lemony herb dressing!
5 from 133 votes
Servings 6 servings
Course Salads
Calories 226
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 2 heads romaine lettuce chopped, about 6 cups
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes quartered
  • 1 cup chopped Persian cucumbers
  • 15 ounce can chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup red onions finely chopped
  • ¼ cup Kalamata olives pitted sliced
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon parsley chopped

For the dressing

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove pressed
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  • Assemble the salad in a large bowl by placing the chopped lettuce first, then arranging lines of the remaining ingredients on top of the chopped lettuce.
  • To prepare the dressing, whisk together all the ingredients for the dressing in a small mason jar until emulsified.
  • When ready to serve, pour the dressing on top of the salad. Garnish with parsley. Toss if you prefer to keep the salad untossed for best presentation.

Notes

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 3-4 days in the fridge. For best results, only toss the salad with the dressing immediately before serving.
Make Ahead Tips: You can make the dressing up to 3 weeks in advance and double or triple the recipe to have it on hand for other salads or even as a marinade.
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However the salad itself is very adaptable so feel free to add or change any of the ingredients

Nutrition

Calories: 226kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 6mg, Sodium: 493mg, Potassium: 865mg, Fiber: 9g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 18970IU, Vitamin C: 24mg, Calcium: 146mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

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Overhead shot of chopped salad with ingredients layered in rows over lettuce.

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  1. Wow, wow, wow! This is the most delicious Greek salad I have ever eaten! I was hesitant to try the dressing recipe because of the “strange” addition of veggie broth. But oh, my! It is a fantastic alternative to oil. I’m a happy cook.

      1. I don’t see broth listed anywhere as an ingredient… was the ingredient list changed or am I just missing it?

        1. The recipe has been slightly modified to make the dressing with olive oil instead of vegetable broth (it was originally an oil-free recipe sponsored by a broth brand).

  2. Just made this salad after returning from the supermarket with the ingredients. I showed it to my daughter and she didn’t believe I made it and was looking in the bin to find the container it must of been sold in. Ye of little faith!

    1. Veggie broth? I don’t see that ingredient listed in the recipe. Where am I missing that? I made it (with no veggie broth) and it was fantastic! Will definitely make afain 🙂

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