There is much discussion about what constitutes a Greek salad. Often when you have it in a restaurant, there is more lettuce than any other vegetable. Unless of course you go to a traditional greek restaurant then one can almost always expect a traditional greek salad.
In some provinces in Canada, greek salad is served without cucumbers! I know right? What’s up with that?
I love Greek food. So much so, that my Mom and I went to Greece just for the food and the wine and of course to do the “Shirley Valentine” thing. And I’m not talking about going on any brothers boat. If you have never seen the movie, Shirley Valentine, it’s worth a view.
So, while in Greece, we ate a lot of Greek salads. And for the most part it was served the same way. It didn’t matter if we were in Athens, the Island of Crete, or Santorini. The salad was comprised of tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, white onions, kalamata olives, and a big slab of feta cheese. Sometimes they would sprinkle a bit of dried oregano on top but it was never dressed. Instead they would supply us with a cruet of olive oil and red wine vinegar. That’s it! Simple but very delicious.
Oh yeah and NO frickin’ lettuce! Lettuce does not belong in a Greek salad.
Here’s my recipe for a Greek salad for two! Cut all vegetables into bite size pieces and not too small.
- 1/3 of an English cucumber
- 1/2 a bell pepper- it really doesn’t have to be green
- 1 medium size tomato
- 1/4 of a small onion- sliced fine
- 6-8 kalamata olives
- 1/4 cup of feta cheese – crumbled in biggish pieces
For the dressing, let’s keep it simple
- 1/2 tsp of black pepper
- 1/4 tsp of salt
- 1 Tbsp of dried oregano
- 1 clove of garlic – minced
- 2 Tbsps of red wine vinegar
- 1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil
Make the dressing first as it benefits from sitting a little bit. Just put everything into a small bowl and whisk.
Now get your vegetables prepared and put those into a salad bowl along with the olives and feta.
Shortly before you’re ready to eat mix the dressing with the vegetables and give it a good toss.
You’re done! Kali orexi
Pairs well with Retsina!
Remember to cook with love in your heart- the food will taste better!
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