Easy Refreshing Greek Salad
June 16, 2020
Greek salad is easily one of my all-time favorite salads. Fresh and flavorful, it's a perfect side salad for a warm summer day, and accompanies any mediterranean dish perfectly. On top of being delicious and invigorating, it's surprisingly easy to make.
There's two main parts to making a greek salad: The produce and feta that make up the actual salad, and the dressing. Any salad is only as good as the quality of its ingredients, so always try to go with the freshest produce available to you.
For the cucumber, try to go with a burpless (English or Lebanese) variety. Burpless cucumbers contain low cucurbitacin — the compound which increases bitterness and causes indigestion in some people (hence the term burpless). For the tomatoes, this recipe uses grape tomatoes, but cherry tomatoes will work perfectly in place of them. If you really wanted to, you could substitute a diced roma tomato.
Can I put olives in Greek salad?
You can absolutely put olives in Greek salad. In fact, olives are traditionally used in most recipes. Bell peppers are also a common ingredient in Greek salad.
Should I use cubed or crumbled feta?
You can use either cubed or crumbled feta in greek salad. Crumbled feta will have less uniform pieces, allowing the smaller crumbles to coat the entire salad better. Diced feta will be more uniform, and will disperse less through the entire salad. What type of feta you use depends on the desired outcome.
Make sure that you use good quality olive oil!! Good quality olive oil will add a breath of life and complexity into your salad. It isn't required, but if you can, try to find an extra virgin sicilian cold pressed (I promise you'll thank me later).
Once you have your olive oil, just throw in your oregano, red wine vinegar, and the juice of half a lemon, and stir. Optionally, you can finely grate a clove of garlic into your dressing for a bit of spice and garliciness.
Making the Greek salad
Making Greek salad is as simple as cutting your cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions, throwing them in a bowl with your feta, and then pouring the dressing mixture over it. That's really it, you're done. So let's get right into it.
Easy Refreshing Greek Salad
This refreshing and easy Greek salad will be a welcomed addition to any meal.
Course: Salad Cuisine: Greek
Calories: 324 per serving
1 english cucumber, chopped into half moons
1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, sliced in halves
1/2 red onion, quartered and sliced
6 oz feta crumbled
Salt and pepper to taste
6 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp dried oregano
2 tbsp lemon juice (half a lemon)
1 tsp salt
1) Cut cucumber, onion, and tomatoes, and put in a large bowl with crumbled feta.
2) Combine all ingredients for dressing in a separate dish.
3) Pour dressing over salad. Salt and pepper to taste.