Greek Salad (Salade Grecque)

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Even though I had pretty busy schedule last week, that didn’t deter me from spending time in the kitchen to prepare simple and healthy dinner. I never bought prepared meals from the supermarket, except for pizza, Korean/Japanese instant noodles(from time to time when I really can’t be bothered!) and fresh pastas. If I could, I always like to cook from scratch!

I didn’t expect late summer sunshine at this time of the year. So, it was quite a good idea to have salad even for dinner. I don’t know about you, but when I am too busy, I lose my appetite to eat. More often than not, I try to eat more vegetables and fruits to boost my appetite.

My visit to Greece is a great culinary experience in search for authentic Greek food. Before I went there, I had very little knowledge about Greek food – probably just bits and pieces that I finally managed to put all the puzzles together.

As I bought a packet of mixed herbs (oregano, thyme, and spearmints) from Greece, I thought I would make Greek salad, which is one of my favourite salads! In Greece, as I mentioned in my previous post, Greek salad was served with a generous slab of feta cheese, which really surprised me when I tried my first ever Greek salad!

I remember the second time I had Greek salad in Naxos, there was a group of people sitting just next to our table. One of the girls was ordering her food, she decided to go for Greek salad. So far so normal. But, what surprised me was, I heard her saying “Can I please have Greek salad without Feta cheese.” Ohh… well, is it still Greek salad? For me, I thought one of the most important ingredients for this wonderful salad is the big piece of feta cheese, which completes the overall flavours.

Anyway, I guess it’s probably more interesting to the recipe written out than dragging on with my story…. haha.salad_3

Yield:

Ingredients:

4 tomatoes, quartered
half small cucumber, sliced
1 green pepper, thinly sliced
1 red onion, cut into rings
16 black olives
1 feta cheese
5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp mixed herbs
1 tbsp lemon juice
salt and pepper

Method:

1. Put all the ingredients into a salad bowl. Prepare the dressing by mixing olive oil, black pepper, salt, lemon, and mixed herbs in a bowl. Set aside.

2. Divide the salad in bowls, garnish with black olives. Drizzle the dressings over the salad. Sprinkle some extra mixed herbs if desired.