I love Greek cuisine, and one of the easiest dishes to make, is a classic Delectable Greek Salad. When I make it here in the US, I usually use Romaine or iceberg lettuce along with the other ingredients. Surprisingly, when I was in Greece, I found out, their authentic salad did not call for any lettuce. Back in 2008, taking pictures of food wasn’t popular like today. I don’t have any to share with you because Instagram was non-existent then. However, I will share some of my personal photos taken while visiting some of the famous and breathtaking Greek islands, Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes and Athens.
Serves 2-4 as a side – Add Grilled Chicken or Salmon, and make it a meal for 2. Difficulty, super easy.
- 1 tomato, cut up in wedges
- 1/2 cucumber, cut up in wedges
- 1 small red onion, sliced
- A handful of Kalamata olives
- 1/2 green pepper, diced
- 3-4 oz. of Feta cheese, crumbled, and a square for garnish
- Red wine vinegar, lots of drizzle to taste
- Extra virgin olive oil, to your heart’s content
- Himalayan sea salt, or sea salt, to taste
- Freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 1/2 – 3/4 teaspoon oregano
Place the tomatoes, Feta cheese, cucumbers, onions, olives, peppers in a medium-sized bowl. Drizzle with red wine vinegar, and a generous amount of olive oil. Season with salt, pepper and oregano. Mix well. Garnish with a nice piece of Feta. Voila! You got yourself a lovely and refreshing Greek salad.
Tips #1) Always use more olive oil than vinegar. In general, the ratio is 2-3 parts oil for 1 part vinegar.
Tip #2) You can eye-ball the measurements, use a jar with a spout, it gives you more control. Most of all, as a homecook, you should always taste your food. If you like it, the chances are, your loved ones will too.
I hope you will make this delicious salad, and bring it to a picnic!
Happy Memorial Day Weekend!