The other day I was looking at a beautiful bowl for garden fresh tomatoes and cucumbers and was inspired to make a true Greek salad, taking me back to our wonderful family vacation to Greece.
There is nothing tastier than garden fresh tomatoes, in my opinion! And a true Greek salad is different than the ones we get here in the States. I had no idea until I got there that that was true!
In Greece, a Greek salad has NO lettuce! It is just a bowl of cut tomatoes, cucumbers, maybe a few thinly sliced red onions, olives with some fresh oregano. Topped with a hunk of feta cheese and a drizzling of beautiful olive oil and salt and pepper to taste, of course served in a shallow bowl.
One of our best food memories from Greece was sitting in a square with our hired driver, Makis, in the town of Meteora. We enjoyed a wonderful lunch and ate this delicious salad in the sunshine!
I had been wanting to make it ever since we got back but needed to wait until I had some good, fresh tomatoes! You can't get any more ‘real food‘ than this!
Give it a try and tell me what you think! You can serve it with a side of crusty bread but we just ate it as is!
Traditional Greek Salad Recipe
- 3 good size tomatoes cut into wedges (I seed them if they are very watery)
- 1 cucumber peeled and sliced
- 1/4 red onion sliced thin
- Handful of Kalamata olives
- Handful of fresh oregano minced (dried will work if that is all you have)
- 1 hunk of feta cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Olive oil
- Add tomatoes and cucumbers to bowl.
- Add onions and olives.
- Add minced oregano to top
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Top with feta cheese
- Drizzle with olive oil