Greek Salad (Salade Grecque)
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.
For the Greek Salad (Salade Grecque):
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
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.
Looks very appetizing ! I like the combinations of olive and feta cheese in the salad, it will definitely enhance the taste.
Yeah, it is really a great bowl of salad! I just love it.
My family have become big salad fans lately! We can even eat the same salad for lunch and dinner too! What a healthy yet delicious Greek salad! Looks very appetizing to me! 😉
I love salad. I think I have been eating more salad than I used to!
Love the array of colours and flavours in this bowl =)
nice photo of your salad!
I'm like you … no appetite when busy. Hey, I have pizza/burgers/instant noodles for meals too … not often, but sometimes, we do need a break from the kitchen 😉 I will gladly eat your salad for dinner! So colourful, crisp and fresh. Who wouldn't like it? Especially with feta! Yum!
ehheheh.. when I have too little time, those instant noodles are my great treasures!
one of my fave ways of enjoying salads always have loved the flavors – lovely pics!
Hello! I have been following your blog for a while now and can finally leave a comment ( I am Greek). First of all to answer your question a Greek salad without feta is simply called a tomato salad. Secondly, please clarify that mixed herbs are usually oregano and/or thyme. And thirdly, well done for not using lettuce! I mean there are so many recipes out there for Greek salad with lettuce, it is slightly absurd. If these people had travelled to Greece even once in their life they would have seen that the real Greek salad is the one you describe. Your account of your trips to Greece was very enjoyable and I am happy that you had a good time. Hopefully you will visit "us" again!
Thanks for dropping by! Well, I bought the mixed herbs that is called feta mix and it contains oregano, thyme and spearmints. The greek salad that I had no lettuce, and I don't think the salad needs that with all the great ingredients.
I really love your country, Greece, it's just beautiful!! Food is great… 🙂
I am definitely not a salad person but the vivid color of your photo makes me want to dig in and eat. 😉
Oooh! I always add feta cheese to salad, but I'm afraid my creativity ends there with lettuce, feta, and dressing. This seems like a good way to spice up my usual salads!
Give this a try and I am sure you will love it !!
This is my first time visiting your site and I really like it. The site as a whole has a really "serene" feel with a combination of warm colors and great pictures! I just ate lunch and I'm getting hungry again looking at the appetizing salad on display. I want to also thank you for taking the time to travel to Greece to see what the culture has to offer – a big part of the Greek culture is the preparation of Greek food. It's a way for Greek people to socialize with another while also cooking together. I think that it is a great opportunity to show how something so simple, a salad without lettuce, can be so delicious! I am a big fan of salads overall and thank you for including this recipe. Great job!
Thanks for your comment and your kind words! I am glad that you love my site and photography!
So sorry to make your hungry.. hehehhe..
Well, what can I say…. Greece is just beautiful… I really love the islands that I have been.. just amazing! Food and people are nice!! 🙂 I have learnt that Greek people enjoy their coffee and they take their time to drink and appreciate the coffee. It is also a way to socialise.
oooh i love greek salad :-)!!! XOXO
Nice pictures! I miss Greece… this salad is the best way to feel in holiday!
I really miss the first Greek salad that I had in Naxos!