Greek Salad

Greece has had some bad press in the past couple of years. Riots, financial meltdowns, serious stuff! It’s only fitting that we remember some of the really wonderful things that Greece has given us, and one of these wonderful things is definitely the Greek salad.

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Greek salad is a celebration of fresh summer vegetables, and the quality of your ingredients is directly related to the outcome of your salad here. Yes, you can make this at any time of the year with winter tomatoes and dried oregano. It will still be good. But if you really want to experience what this salad should truly taste like and why it became a world-famous classic salad, the month of August is your opportunity.

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Beautiful ripe tomatoes are overflowing in August. They’re everywhere you look. I even scored some adorable heirloom tomatoes for a steal at my local farmer’s market this past weekend.

Greek salad

So treat yourself to the best of the season. Maybe even splurge a little on some fancy tomatoes at the peak of freshness — and do them justice with this salad.

Greek salad

Most Greek salads include red onion, but I’ve left it out here to let the tomatoes and other ingredients really shine. I love onions, but it can overwhelm the salad. Skipping the onions makes this salad a little more “sociable” and company-worthy as well. You don’t want your guests to worry about their raw onion breath!

Greek salad

Greek Salad
 
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When tomatoes are at their prime, a Greek salad is a way to showcase them.
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 10 small heirloom tomatoes (not cherry-sized tomatoes, but not full-sized tomatoes either are best)
  • 1 large cucumber (the long, thin hothouse variety is nice here — a good ordinary cuke will also do, but should be peeled)
  • 20 olives (suggestions are oil-cured French olives, such as niçoise, or kalamata)
  • 8 ounces (227 g) feta cheese, cubed
For the dressing:
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp. (45 ml) olive oil
  • ¾ tsp. (4 g) salt
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh oregano, minced
Instructions
  1. Quarter the tomatoes lengthwise (through the core).
  2. Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise, then into half-moon shapes about ⅜ of an inch (1 cm) thick.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the lemon juice and salt. Then add the olive oil and 1 Tbsp. of the minced oregano and whisk together.
  4. Put the cucumbers and tomatoes in the bowl and toss with the dressing you just made.
  5. Arrange on a platter (or in individual salad bowls/plates) then top with the olives, feta and the rest of the minced oregano.
  6. Serve!
Notes
This salad will keep well in the refrigerator for a few days, but allowing it to come to room temperature before serving will greatly enhance the flavor. Tomatoes lose a lot of their flavor when cold.

 

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Mary Ann Sharp August 22, 2012 at 10:08 am

Thanks I will try this one I am surprised not lettuce of any kind maybe I am confused with a cobb salad.

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Mary Ann Sharp August 22, 2012 at 11:00 am

Hi Kyle this sounds & looks so cool I will try it. Can you use the black Italian olives I don’t know of the French ones? Or the regular green ones with pimento in them?

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Kyle August 22, 2012 at 11:03 am

As with everything, feel free to make it your own! Use the olives you like (although I would opt for the black over the green variety). Some salad greens as you suggested might be a nice mix-in too. Delicious!

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