Greek Salad, My Favorite Mediterranean Raw Food Recipe

greeksalad1-1076 I ate a similar Greek Salad almost everyday during my itinerant trip in Greece last summer. When we checked in the first apartment of the trip, we finally took a break from “restaurant food”. We were in the beautiful island of Poros when we prepared this salad. Very simple, easy to make and packed with vitamins and antioxidants, this is a symbol of one of the most fertile lands in Europe, blessed by sunny days many months a year. 

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I knew this salad well before our trip to Greece. However, in the land of Jacket Potatoes and Caesar salads I had probably forgotten how tasty can be the simplicity of tomatoes seasoned with olive oil and mixed with other few Mediterranean ingredients (p.s. good tomatoes need 6-8 hours a day to grow, this is why in north Europe they are never tasty enough. Or at least, never as tasty as the ones we ate in Greece).

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Tomatoes, cucumber, olive oil, sliced red onion, green pepper, kalamata olives and crumbly feta cheese. Here is the Greek salad in its most popular version abroad. I discovered during this trip that if you do not crumble the feta cheese but rather top the salad with a pretty thick slab of feta, then – and only then – you have a real Greek Salad, the one you get served in authentic Greek taverns and ouzeri. Less sophisticated, more rough and rustic. Just like I want my homemade healthy food to be.

Greek Salad

Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4-6 tomatoes - cut into wedges
  • 3 large plum tomatoes, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium red onion,
  • 1 cucumber - sliced
  • 1 small green pepper, cut into thin rings
  • 3/4 cup kalamata olive
  • 300 feta cheese
  • salt to taste
  • Dressing
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

Instructions

  1. Whisk dressing ingredients together until blended (keep a bit of oregano aside).
  2. Combine all salad ingredients, except cheese, in a large bowl. Toss gently to combine just before serving. Cut the feta in slabs.
  3. Top with the block of feta, a sprinkle of oregano and serve.

Notes

Notes: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian

http://www.foodrecipeshq.com/greek-salad-raw-food/

 

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16 Comments

  • Reply Layla @ Brunch Time Baker January 8, 2014 at 7:06 am

    I am in love with this recipe! Being middle eastern I eat these kind of veggies a lot. I usually by them ready from the market but this recipes look very easy and yummy! Can’t wait to give it a try!

  • Reply Anne ~ Uni Homemaker January 8, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Lovely salad! Just what I need after the holidays. Love the simple dressing, delish! Happy New Year Daniela! 🙂

  • Reply Asmita January 8, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    This salad is calling out my name. Looks gorgeous. Loving the flavors!

  • Reply Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health January 9, 2014 at 12:52 am

    I would love to go to Greece! It looks so beautiful and the food…ugh. Perfect.

    I’m impressed with how beautiful your pictures came out in the direct sunlight! That’s not easy to do. Great job!

    • Reply Daniela @FoodRecipesHQ January 9, 2014 at 9:11 pm

      Thanks Sarah. I waited a lot before publishing the recipe because, yeah, the subject of the pics is clearly exposed to direct sunlight. The images went in my “wrong photography” folder. When I saw the pics again a few days ago I thought of summer and all the beautiful things summer brings. Positive sensations… so I gave these pics a chance on the blog. Glad you liked them!

  • Reply Sarah & Arkadi January 9, 2014 at 3:26 am

    I cant take my eyes away from that block of feta cheese! Love it!

  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen January 9, 2014 at 4:54 am

    This salad looks so refreshing! I love a good salad – and this one’s making me hungry!

  • Reply easyfoodsmith January 9, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    What a lovely salad…nutritious and delicious!

  • Reply Rosa January 9, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    A beautiful and scrumptious salad! I can’t wait to eat that again (in a few months – summertime).

    Cheers,

    Rosa

    • Reply Daniela @FoodRecipesHQ January 9, 2014 at 9:15 pm

      Thanks Rosa. Here in London every ingredients is available year-round so I can enjoy this summery salad in the winter!

  • Reply Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl January 9, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Love this salad, love everything about it, especially how simple and fresh it is!

  • Reply Kumar's Kitchen January 10, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    no wonder this salad is your favorite…with all those gorgeous pecks of color,fresh and utterly delicious flavors and of course cheese…it is one of our most favorites too….thanks for sharing 🙂

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  • Reply Aurica January 31, 2014 at 10:02 am

    a salad that everyone knows it and at once, everyone taste it..easy, healthy and very refreshing

  • Reply Alifemoment February 24, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    I love this salad because the fresh ingredients work really well with each other!

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