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Recipe: Greek Salad

Greek Salad

With summer upon us, now is the perfect time to find some new and unique salads to get you through the warm months. After spending a day outside or stuck in your office, you don’t want to come home and spend 30 minutes or an hour working in a hot kitchen to put food on the table for your family. Greek salad is one of the easiest salad recipes around because it requires absolutely no cooking. You can get this simple and delicious salad on the table in 15 minutes or less.

The Classic Greek Salad

The classic Greek salad is completely unlike the Greek salads you find in restaurants today. The original recipe contained just a few ingredients and had no lettuce. To make the classic salad, take three large tomatoes, cut into thick slices or sections and add to a large bowl. Top with one small sliced red onion, one cup of kalamata olive and one sliced cucumber. Wash each vegetable before slicing and adding to the bowl. Add a drizzle of olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper over the top. Mix well before topping with one cup feta cheese and serving.

Creating a Greek Dressing

While olive oil makes a simple dressing for a Greek salad, you can also take the flavors of Greece and create an even better dressing for the salad. Whisk one part lemon juice with one part red wine vinegar and six parts olive oil. Mix until the liquids thicken in size. You can also add fresh or dried garlic and oregano to add a little more flavor.

Lettuce or No Lettuce?

When you think of salad, you usually think of lettuce. While the classic salads served in Greece do not use lettuce, you can add some leafy greens to amp up your salad. Arugula has a slightly bitter flavor, but you can mix a small amount with bib or another lettuce to create a unique flavor. You can also experiment with other types of lettuce and even add a protein when serving the salad as a main dish. Both chicken and steak pair nicely with a Greek salad.

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