Classic Greek Salad Recipe


Classic Greek Salad Recipe

This classic Greek salad recipe captures the essence of Mediterranean cuisine, with its fresh ingredients, simple preparation, and vibrant flavors. It’s perfect for a quick lunch, a dinner side, or a picnic dish.

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium ripe tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and sliced into thick half-moons
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted
  • 200 grams (about 7 ounces) feta cheese, cut into thick slices or cubed
  • 2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Dried oregano, to sprinkle
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (optional, for garnish)

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Directions:

  • Prepare the Vegetables:
    • Wash the tomatoes, cucumber, and green bell pepper. Cut the tomatoes into wedges, slice the cucumber into thick half-moons, and slice the green bell pepper. Peel and thinly slice the red onion.
  • Assemble the Salad:
    • In a large salad bowl, combine the tomato wedges, cucumber slices, sliced red onion, and green bell pepper. Add the Kalamata olives.
  • Add the Feta:
    • Place the feta cheese on top of the salad. You can either lay a large slice on top or cube the feta and scatter it throughout the salad.
  • Dress the Salad:
    • Drizzle the extra virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar over the salad. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Sprinkle dried oregano generously on top.
  • Garnish and Serve:
    • Garnish with chopped fresh parsley if desired. Gently toss the salad before serving to combine the flavors, being careful not to break the feta cheese too much.
  • Enjoy:
    • Serve the salad immediately, or let it sit for a few minutes to allow the flavors to meld together. Enjoy as a refreshing side dish or a light main course.

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