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.
This simple Greek style dressing is so fresh, simple and tasty!
It is sometimes fun to serve a salad deconstructed!
Greek Style Salad
A Greek style salad with tomatoes, cucumber, onion, olives, feta and Greek dressing.
- 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)
- 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.
Greek Salad Dressing
A simple and fresh Greek dressing with olive oil, fresh lemon juice and oregano.
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup lemon juice (~2 lemons)
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- salt and pepper to taste
- Mix everything vigorously until combined.
Option: Replace some or all of the lemon juice with red wine vinegar.
Option: Add some feta brine and cut back on the salt.