Greek Salad

Tons of fresh fruits and veggies, topped with goat Feta cheese and lots of olive oil. It's no wonder it's on most menus these days. 

greek salad

Ingredients

  • 4 large ripe tomatoes
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 medium onion (any kind)
  • 1 English cucumber
  • 1/2 lb feta cheese (either crumbled or cubed)
  • Kalamata olives (as many as you like) (optional)
  • 1/4 cup Eleni® Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp oregano*
  • Salt to taste (remember feta cheese is salty)
Serves:  4

Directions

Bring tomatoes to room temperature before using in the Greek salad, tomatoes taste better at room temperature. Wash all your vegetables, wipe dry. Cut tomatoes into wedges (eighths) and then into half. (Pieces will look like small triangles) Cut the green pepper into slivered pieces, then into 1" long. Cut onion into half, and then thinly slice. (If you want to take the strong burn out, rub a little salt into the slivered onion before adding to the salad) Remove the peel off the cucumber, cut into half and slice. Just before serving put all vegetables into your bowl add the oregano, salt, olive oil, feta cheese, and Kalamata olives. Mix well and serve immediately with plenty of fresh crusty bread.

*Hint: oregano needs to be rubbed in the palm of your hands, to release its natural oils and fragrance. It then enhances the food.

It has become trendy to dip fresh bread into oil and vinegar, this only masks the poor quality of the oil unless you use quality balsamic vinegar. When you have a very fine Extra Virgin Olive Oil you only need the oil and a little sea salt to bring out the full flavour. It is the best way to enjoy it. You actually taste the freshness of the Golden Olive Eleni® and the fresh bread. Truly the Greek way to enjoy one of life's simple pleasures.

 

Excerpt taken from From the Olive Grove: Mediterranean Cooking with Olive Oil. Published by Arsenal Pulp Press (2010).

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