December 28th, 2008

Greek Salad

Greek Salad

I love Greek salad. Bursting with beautiful colours, loaded with the goodness of fresh vegetables and tantalizing the taste buds with the lemony dressing! Red from the cherry tomatoes, white from the feta cheese, yellow from the bell peppers, black from the kalamata olives, green from the lettuce and cucumber make a colourful display that appeals to the eye.  Called horiatiki in Greece and popularly known as Greek salad elsewhere, the flavour and texture of the salad do a good job of appealing to the senses.

Many a time, when I’m tired or in the mood for a T.V dinner, Greek salad and some crusty whole meal bread take care of my hunger pangs. It also quite often makes an appearance as a wonderful side or salad when I have planned an elaborate menu. If you carefully construct the salad, arranging it by layers and colours according to your choice, it can form an attractive centerpiece for a buffet lunch or dinner.

Greek Salad Recipe

You can adjust the limejuice in the dressing according to taste. Substitute any black olives, if you can’t find kalamata olives.  I also substitute the Indian cheese panir which is quite similar to the salty feta, when I can’t find good quality feta cheese.

Ingredients:

For the salad
1 bunch of Romaine/Cos lettuce
200gm feta cheese cut into cubes
1 medium sized Cucumber sliced into rounds
15 to 20 Cherry Tomatoes
10 to 12 Kalamata olives
1 yellow Bell Pepper/Capsicum
1 green Bell Pepper/Capsicum
For the dressing
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp limejuice
1 tsp dried oregano
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper or to taste
¾ tsp salt or to taste (adjust according to the saltiness of the feta)

Method:

Mix all the ingredients for the salad dressing in a bowl.  Prepare the salad ingredients. After washing the lettuce, keep them immersed in ice water to preserve crispness. In a large bowl assemble all the ingredients for the salad and dress with the salad dressing.

* When I’m in the mood for fewer calories I reduce the oil from 2 tbsp to 1 tbsp.  Less of olive oil flavour, but not bad at all!

*  For a vegan version, replace the feta with any vegan cheese. 

Filed Under: Bell Pepper, Cherry Tomato, Cucumber, Dairy Products, Dips, Sauces & Dressings, Feta Cheese, Gluten-free Recipes, Greek, Kalamata Olives, Lettuce, Lime, Olive, Olive Oil, Oregano, Pepper, Potluck Party, Quick Cooking, Romaine (Cos) Lettuce, Salads, Salads, Vegan Friendly Recipes · Tags: , , , , ,

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  1. Pankaja says:

    Wow!! so colorfull! I will try this surely..

  2. Preethi says:

    Tanya sings a song whenever she sees anything delicious and today looking at the totally appetizing salad i feel like singing that… ‘there is a party in my tummy, so yummy, so yummy’ he heee

  3. Anushruti says:

    Pankaja: Let me know how you liked it.
    Preethi: I can only imagine how very cute Tanya would look and sound while humming it.

  4. Mihir Jayaraman says:

    Hi Anu, Think Simi made something very similar the other day. Will check if it was Greek salad? Tasted good and keeps the mouth fresh despite gorging other heavier stuff. Nice colourful clips.
    Cheers,
    Mihir

  5. lunalunita says:

    One of my favourite salads, too. Very yummy and the photo looks fantastic here !!

    Greetings from Spain,
    lunalunita

  6. medha kaku says:

    Anu
    The photography is really very very good .
    That is the additional asset of your site,and plus this is done by you is appreciable . Great you are. The salad I felt like to grab from the screen. Wish you all the best .

  7. Shubha says:

    Hi! This Salad is now an all time favourite with all of us, not only for its excellent taste but also for its colourful and appetizing look!

  8. Simi says:

    So that’s Shubha Mungee :P

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