The Greek salad is well known all over the world because it is both delicious and highly nutritious as well. Fresh vegetables are necessary when preparing it, and olive oil is a main component for this type of salad, making it a very healthy dish. Since it is quick to prepare, taking only a few minutes to put together, people enjoy having it as a starter for main courses. Others even have their salad as their main course, finding it quite satisfying on its own. To prepare an authentic Greek salad, here are the steps to follow.
- Ingredients you will need. For your Greek salad, you will need a small head of romaine lettuce, which you have washed and dried, and torn into bite-sized pieces, ½ of a red onion that is sliced thinly, one chopped up cucumber, either peeled and seeded or not, one chopped tomato, some pitted kalamata olives, some feta cheese that has been crumbled, half of a lemon, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Fresh oregano sprigs or dried oregano may be added if you wish.
- Preparing your salad. Get a large bowl and combine your romaine lettuce pieces, cucumber, onion and tomato slices, feta cheese, and olives. If you would like to have oregano added into your salad, include this in your bowl. Get your lemon half and begin to squeeze the juice on top of the salad mixture. Drizzle a generous amount of the olive oil onto the salad. Now add in a bit of salt and pepper to spice it up. To toss your Greek salad, it is always best to use your hands so all the flavors are evenly distributed to the vegetables. Make sure to taste it so you can determine if you need to add in more lemon juice or olive oil into it. Salt and pepper may be added if necessary.
- Greek salad with broccoli. This is another deliciously authentic Greek salad that is just as easy to make. You will need 3 heads of chopped fresh broccoli, 1 piece chopped red onion, 3 jumbo black olives of about 6 ounces, 2 sliced artichoke hearts, 3 chopped bunches of green onions, 10 pieces of chopped cherry tomatoes, 8 ounces vinaigrette, and yogurt. Simply combine all of the ingredients together in a large bowl, excluding the vinaigrette and yogurt. Blend in your yogurt and your vinaigrette before pouring the mixture over you salad. Mix together completely and serve.
- Greek salad with lettuce. This recipe is perfect for the beginner because of the simple steps in preparing it. The ingredients include lettuce leaves, grape tomatoes, onions, long cucumbers, olives, olive oil, oregano, and some salt. In a large bowl, place in cut up and sliced tomatoes, cucumbers and onions. Make sure they have been washed carefully and dried thoroughly before cutting them up. Wash your lettuce leaves thoroughly as well, separating them individually so all dirt is removed from each leaf. Dry them up with paper towels. Cut them very thinly and place in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve your salad. When ready, place all you ingredients into the bowl you will be using for serving the salad and proceed to add in some dried oregano and salt to season the salad. Place your olives in and drizzle your salad with olive oil. Serve.
There are other variations to the Greek salad that you will surely
enjoy. The key is that you make use of the freshest ingredients to come
up with a healthy, tasty salad that is typically Mediterranean.