I love Greek food! It always tastes so healthy and fresh, and of course a lot of it is vegetarian. But for some reason when I was growing up, I always thought it was sooo gross when my mom would get Greek salads. I’m not sure why I couldn’t get onboard with that concept, but I couldn’t… until now.
I’m not sure what possessed me to make a Greek salad one day, but I did, and I’ve been in love ever since.
The original recipe I used has since been lost, so I found a different one and adapted it!
The last time I made it was for my Nana, so you know it’s good, because I only make the best of my recipes for the family!
This recipe is from the Barefoot Contessa, who I love, but her recipes end up being pretty pricey. However, this one stuck with almost all of the original ingredients I used, especially when it comes to the dressing, which is amazing!
What You Need:
1 cucumber (sliced and quartered)
1 red bell pepper(diced)
1 yellow bell pepper (diced)
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, or a cup of your favorite chopped tomatoes
1/2 red onion (diced)
4oz (one container) feta cheese
1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives
1 head romaine lettuce (roughly chopped)
1 bunch kale (roughly chopped, optional)
For the vinaigrette:
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup good red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup good olive oil
What You Do:
Combine all of the ingredients for the salad in one bowl
Combine all of the vinaigrette ingredients in a jar or something else you can shake… then shake it up!
Mix the two and serve!
Messiness – There’s a lot of chopping and mixing, so as far as salads go, this isn’t the most low maintenance, but its totally worth it!
Simplicity – It’s salad, not rocket science, so that’s the good news. The bad news is that you need a lot of different ingredients. But you may already have a lot of them in your home. To make this vegan-friendly, just don’t add the feta!
Budget – When in season, you can find the majority of these ingredients on sale. The only thing you’ll need to budget in are the olives and feta. But those shouldn’t be too much, and the olives will last for awhile.
Delicious Factor – I could eat this every single day of my life, and I basically hate salad.
P.S. You can find my lettuce-free Greek salad recipe HERE, for a slightly less healthy, but no less delicious option.