Ever wonder what's in that mouth-watering salad you just ordered at a fancy Greek restaurant? You don't have to be rich to enjoy such a mouth-watering treat and you certainly don't have to be Greek either. Your sleepless nights are now over trying to decipher what makes a salad THE salad. Read on to see how you can dress your Greek salad like you've never done before!
Greek salads are one of the easiest to make. It is a common appetite enchantment during the summertime because of its lightness and refreshing effects. Although the typical Greek salad basically includes tomatoes, cucumbers, olive oil, oregano, basil and red onions, many variations of this salad now incorporate anchovies, sardines, vinegar, spinach and bell peppers. In fact, many people are now integrating pasta with Greek dressings. This just shows the great deal of flexibility of this kind of dressing.
No matter what fruits or vegetables or other choices you put on your Greek salad, the dressing is what makes it extra special. In fact, it can be said that the dressing is the secret ingredient to the salad. By now you should've figured that out. So here's how you make your Greek salad:
- In a mixing bowl, mix in your salad garnishing and ingredients and set aside. Most salad lovers would be confused on what type of dressing to use. Although the basic Greek dressing is a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and some lemon juice to taste, you still have all the liberty to try and make your own dressing style depending on your taste buds. Some experts put in just olive oil and a sprinkle of water for Greek salads with feta cheese. Some others put vinegar on salads with cucumber.
- In making your dressing, just combine your lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil and spices in a mixing bowl and mix slowly to ensure proper blending of the ingredients. Just pour it over your salad and serve with fruits or any edible decorative item of your choice.
- For pasta lovers who cannot wait to try an interesting variation, a Greek-inspired dressing is a delectable choice. After cooking the pasta al dente, stir together your lemon juice, herbs and spices, cucumber, olives, spinach, cheese etc. and add your pasta. You may serve it chilled or off the mixture.
The Greek salad dressing is easier to make compared to the Caesar dressing or the Ginger dressing. That is, if you consider the number of ingredients used and the procedures involved. Aside from that, these dressings are hardly comparable as different taste buds and food orientations would matter a lot in determining which type of salad dressing is best.
Though there is not a single formula in creating the perfect salad dressing, the best part comes in trying new things and see where your taste buds finally find their pleasure. The Greek salad dressing is a perfect way to liven up your parties, sleepovers and even an ideal course for a romantic dinner.