The popular Greek Salad has many variations and robust flavors. The freshness of the vegetables combined with the rich taste of the feta and Kalamata olives makes for a delightful meal. You can easily make a Greek salad at home with easy-to-find ingredients.
The Vegetable Base
The vegetable base of a Greek salad is very important. You should choose the freshest vegetables available. The core ingredients include ripe and juicy tomatoes, crispy cucumbers and some Kalamata olives.
The secret to making a delicious Greek salad lies in the dressing. It is not that difficult though, you just need to mix up olive oil, red wine vinegar, and lemon juice. You should also add salt and pepper to your taste. The dressing might taste a little sharp, but when mixed with the other ingredients, it will become an attractive and tasty delight to your palate. Remember, this dressing can be used to marinate feta cheese and boiled eggs for best flavor.
The right cheese
Feta cheese is the perfect cheese for Greek salad since it is tangy and salty, has a smooth texture, and perfectly complements the crispy vegetables. Feta cheese is easy to find and is readily available in supermarkets or speciality cheese shops. The great thing about Feta cheese is that it never overpowers the other flavors, but rather complements them.
You can just about any vegetable to the core ingredients. Some variations include adding lettuce, spinach, quinoa, bell peppers or pickles. Ultimately it is YOUR salad and you can do whatever you want with it. Consider this Greek Salad ‘recipe’ as a guide and experiment to your heart’s content!
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Greek salad is an easy recipe to follow and versatile. It’s an excellent dish for any season and is adaptable to anyone’s preference. It suits people on weight-watching diets, vegetarians, and those who enjoy refreshing vegetable salads.
WHAT IS THE DRESSING MADE OF IN A TRADITIONAL GREEK SALAD? – Very good extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar and fresh lemon juice.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GREEK AND MEDITERRANEAN SALAD? – The Mediterranean is a much larger area than Greece itself and includes many cultures and culinary palates. To say that a salad is a Mediterranean salad is saying that the ingredients are common to the Mediterranean area and not necessarily to a specific country or culture. Common ingredients in Mediterranean salads include red onions, yogurt, dill, chickpeas, cheese local to the region and sometimes charcuterie. This type of salad is more of an umbrella of salads than an actual salad.
DOES GREEK SALAD CONTAIN LETTUCE? – A traditional ‘Greek salad’ does not contain lettuce but Greeks do eat lettuce in their salads, sometimes calling it a ‘peasant salad’.