A gorgeous salad of crunchy vegetables, cut into chunks and tossed with cheese and whole olives. Let’s hear it for a classic GREEK SALAD!
This time-honoured salad is deserving of its fame. I remember travelling to Greece and being surprised to see GREEK SALAD – also referred to as a Horiatiki or village salad – served at breakfast. I was more than happy to enjoy it first thing in the morning; it’s fabulous anytime.
Here’s a shout out to the things I love most about it:
VINAIGRETTE – Yet another example of how we often need just a few choice ingredients to create memorable flavours. I think it essential to use a quality olive oil for this recipe, and dried oregano is the only way to go. I have tried making it with fresh chopped oregano thinking I’d revolutionize the Greek salad industry and teach Greeks a thing or two. It was all wrong – just like my intention, LOL!
VEGETABLES – In a perfect world, we’d all live close to where I grew up in Essex County, and we’d drive a county road and get farm-grown fresh produce. Picking up locally grown tomatoes, cucumber, red onion and bell peppers heightens that farm-to-table flavour.
KALAMATA OLIVES – These large, dark purple olives hail from Kalamata Greece. They have a meaty texture and add richness to the salad. When purchasing them, look for those that haven’t been pitted.
FETA CHEESE – This Greek cheese has a distinct salty flavour that works really well with the prepared vegetables. Made from both sheep and goat’s milk, feta is actually a brined curd. I suggest trying to find this essential ingredient at a Greek grocer or cheese store. Ask for the hunk of cheese to be packed up in a container with brine, making it more flavourful.
Prepare the vinaigrette, chop up the veggies, dress, toss and serve. Enjoy this classic GREEK SALAD, a taste sensation.
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