Greek salad is a classic dish with a taste unlike that of most salads. It goes well with a wide variety of main dishes, and is the perfect addition to a potluck dinner or barbecue. This easy recipe requires no cooking, and everything is assembled in the serving bowl. Here's how to make Greek salad:
Ingredients and supplies:
- 5 cucumbers
- 1/2 medium red onion
- 1 cup pitted Kalamata olives
- 1 green pepper
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup pepperoncinis
- Feta cheese, for garnish
- Greek salad dressing, lemon juice, or olive oil
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Dried thyme or oregano (optional)
- Large serving bowl
- Large wooden spoon
- Prepare the ingredients. First, peel the cucumber. For a fancier touch, create a striped pattern in the peel by only peeling every other strip. Then slice the cucumber into rounds. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half, and thinly slice the pepperoncinis. The slices do not have to be perfect for this recipe; in fact, many versions call for roughly chopping the vegetables. Most of the vegetables should remain in large bite-size chunks. Finally, dice the onion and pepper.
- Combine vegetables. Combine all of the vegetables in a large bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste, as well as dried thyme or oregano, if desired.
- Add dressing. There are several different ways to add dressing to your Greek salad. The first is to add Greek salad dressing to the vegetable mix, and toss to make sure that the vegetables have been evenly coated in the dressing. However, many recipes use plain lemon juice or olive oil instead of a complicated dressing for this refreshing salad.
- Prepare to serve. Top the salad with feta cheese. If you and your guests greatly enjoy feta cheese, you can add a lot of cheese to this salad. If not, use the cheese as a simple garnish. If you don't have feta cheese on hand, parmesan cheese will work in a pinch.
- Enjoy! Greek salad is best served cold and fresh. If the ingredients are not very cold as you assemble the salad, refrigerate for an hour before serving. Plus, this will allow time for the dressing to soak into the vegetables, making them even more delicious.
Greek salad is a cool and refreshing dish that makes an excellent appetizer, or a great lunch by itself. It is easy to throw together, and goes great with many dishes, including pasta.