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Greek Salad

Greek Salad
With spring here I have been thinking about salads more often and one of my favourites is a Greek style salad! A Greek salad is nice and simple containing tomatoes, cucumbers, kalamata olives, feta, onions, and a vibrant dressing. I really like the way the juiciness of the tomatoes and cucumers balance the saltiness of the olives and feta and the red onions provide a sweet and spicy counterpoint. The dressing for this salad is also pretty easy containing olive oil, lemon juice and oregano and the lemony vinaigrette really brightens the salad up.

Note: Traditionally Greek salads do not contain lettuce but it is always nice to add.

Greek Salad

Greek Salad
This simple Greek style dressing is so fresh, simple and tasty!

Greek Salad
It is sometimes fun to serve a salad deconstructed!

Greek Salad
Greek Salad

Greek Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes Servings: 4

A Greek style salad with tomatoes, cucumber, onion, olives, feta and Greek dressing.



ingredients
  • 6 cups lettuce, sliced
  • 1 cup tomato, diced
  • 1 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, sliced
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives, sliced
  • 1/4 cup feta, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup Greek salad dressing (see below)
directions
  1. Mix the salad and toss with the dressing.

Tip: Soak the red onions in vinegar for a few minutes to mellow them out.
Note: Traditional Greek salads do not include lettuce and the base is the tomato and the cucumber.
Nutrition Facts: Calories 128, Fat 10g (Saturated 2g, Trans 0), Cholesterol 8mg, Sodium 167mg, Carbs 6g (Fiber 2g, Sugars 3g), Protein 2g
Nutrition by: Nutritional facts powered by Edamam
Greek Salad Dressing

Greek Salad Dressing

Prep Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 5 minutes Servings: 16(1 cup)

A simple and fresh Greek dressing with olive oil, fresh lemon juice and oregano.



ingredients
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice (~2 lemons)
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
directions
  1. Mix everything vigorously until combined.

Option: Replace some or all of the lemon juice with red wine vinegar.
Nutrition Facts: Calories 61, Fat 6g (Saturated 0.9g, Trans 0), Cholesterol 0, Sodium 0.2mg, Carbs 0.6g (Fiber 0, Sugars 0.2g), Protein 0
Nutrition by: Nutritional facts powered by Edamam

19 comments:

Gaby said...

Such a wonderful salad! Wish I had this for lunch today!

marla {Family Fresh Cooking} said...

Love this vibrant & healthy salad!

Joanne said...

Beautiful! This is exactly what I have been craving since warmer weather is now here. Will make this salad soon!

Heather Christo said...

Greek Salad is a staple in my Greek household- I love it!! Beautiful dressing!

naomi said...

I love the addition of the lettuce in there.

Jillian Manesh said...

yummmm this looks so delicious! so many great ingredients all together in one bowl! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

Jodee Weiland said...

Kevin, this salad looks delicious...dressing and all! I love a good salad and especially, a good Greek salad. You really know how to turn an ordinary dish into a feast...love it! Thanks for sharing!

Glitter said...

I just got back from Greece, and indeed, the Greek salad had no lettuce. This was truly the best thing I ate in Greece. The freshness of the ingredients and the huge slab of feta was the difference. Additionally, there was very little dressing used. Divine.

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

Classic greek salad is so yummy. LOVE this recipe!

Ar said...

Here in Greece, this salad is almost a 'must' with our lunch, at most homes.

Kati said...

This looks amazing! In the dressing, do you use fresh or dried oregano?

Karna Feminino said...

It looks delicious! I'll try on this weekend :)

Kevin Lynch said...

Kati: I usually use dried as I always have it on hand but if you have fresh, it would also be good!

Katherine Ringler said...

It's really delicious to change up the lemon juice with a good red wine vinegar

Katie

Jeanette said...

Greek salad is definitely one of my favorites - I love anchovies in mine too!

kitblu said...

Thanks for acknowledging that traditional Greek salad does not contain greens. I love the beauty of the deconstructed salad plus it would be easy to avoid the cucumbers. (I like cucumbers but they don't like me.)

Joanne said...

Can you send some of this salad love my way?! I really want to get excited about it now that spring is here but I'm definitely having a hard time! The photos of your salad are so gorgeous, though...I can't help but get happy looking at them!

Emmi said...

I have been going through your blog and just wanted to say that I really like it :) http://finestprocrastination.blogspot.co.uk/

LittleCookingTips Panos-Mirella said...

Thank you for pointing out that the traditional Greek salad has no leafy greens Kevin:) It also never has lemon.
That being said, your Greek-style salad sounds like a great alternative to the traditional version that's a staple in our home (being Greeks and all) :)
Thanx for sharing it!

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