Greek salad Recipe, Summer has made its way to Germany, and we are finally enjoying beautiful, sunny, and warm weather. Summertime for me and my family also means barbecue and salad time, when the thermometer rises, it automatically affects my appetite and I feel like cooking light and fresh recipes.
I love to eat on the balcony or terrace in the summer, and we regularly fire up the barbecue to end beautiful summer days with nice outdoor dinners. Today I want to share with you my recipe for a really quick and authentic homemade Greek salad.
The fresh salad is ready to serve in just under 20 minutes and could not be more perfect for summer. In me, the Greek salad immediately awakens the feeling of summer vacations, and I can very well remember a wonderful vacation in Greece many years ago. Classic Greek salad with red onions, oregano, feta, and olives.
The perfect Greek salad with Feta, Onions, Olives
The first time I ate this type of Greek salad was many years ago during a summer vacation in a tavern in Kassandra in the region of Khalkidhiki. We spent a dream vacation by the sea there and tried our way through the variety of Greek cuisine. Kassandra is a peninsula on the Khalkidhiki peninsula not far from Thessaloniki and is known for its beautiful, endless sandy beaches. Tourism on the peninsula started back in the 70s, and it remains one of the most popular destinations in Greece today.
We at that time opted for the south of the peninsula because we knew in advance that it is a little quieter there than in the rest of the region, which is dominated by tourism and nightlife, and we did not regret our decision for a second. With a rental car, we were able to discover many beautiful bays and stop at various sights such as monasteries and archaeological sites. Since my husband and I both like to eat, and we are mainly focused on unwinding while on vacation, our focus while traveling is usually on nature and a stress-free daily routine.
That’s why we generally prefer vacation homes rather than staying in a hotel. For me, this allows grocery shopping at local markets and stores, and to be able to prepare our own food, whenever we feel like it. If we feel like going out for dinner, we are always seeking to try out as many local places as possible. In Greece, there is a distinction between more upscale restaurants (Estiatórion) and simple, local places (Taverna). I prefer the traditional tavernas because they usually serve homemade, regional dishes.
Traditional Greek salad with Feta, Onions, Olives
Classic Greek salad Recipe with red onions, oregano, feta, and olives. The delicious Greek salad is actually a textbook example of the so-called Mediterranean cuisine, which, in addition to Greek cuisine, also includes Italian, Spanish, and Turkish cuisine. Greek cuisine is particularly characterized by many Mediterranean herbs such as oregano, rosemary, thyme, and sage, and there is also hardly any dish without lemon or plenty of garlic.
Olive oil plays just an important role in Greek cuisine, as do olives themselves. The Greek market is second. Spain being the first when it comes to the world’s largest olive oil producer, but with more than 327,500 tons of olive oil produced each year, Greece can certainly show off its production. Classic salad with red onions, oregano, feta, and olives
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For the Greek salad, you don’t need many ingredients at all. It consists of fresh leaf lettuce such as romaine lettuce or iceberg lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, red onions, black olives, and Greek feta cheese made from sheep’s milk. Seasoning is provided by coarse sea salt, oregano, and high-quality olive oil. I always recommend buying ripe olives. Unfortunately, in most cases, the black olives that are offered in supermarkets are actually unripe, green olives that have been dyed black with the help of iron gluconate and therefore do not have the typical taste of black or purple olives, and often even taste bitter.
Greek salad recipe
True black and purple olives are harvested very ripely and are mild in flavor and perfect for salads. I like to use ripe black Throuba olives for my salad, but you can alternatively use the well-known Greek Kalamata olives, which also go wonderfully with Greek salad. Classic Greek salad with red onions, oregano, feta, and olives.
My recipe for this fresh Greek salad, which will instantly have your mind taking a little trip to the Mediterranean, is enough for 2 people as a main course. If you want to serve the salad as an appetizer, the recipe is enough for 4 people. I like to serve the salad with fresh homemade flatbread or typical Greek pita bread, which tastes especially good and warm. You can simply warm them by baking them in the oven for a few minutes.
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- 1 cutting board
- 1 paring knife
- 1 Spoon
- 1 large bowl
- 1 knife
Classic Greek salad Recipe
- 1 romaine lettuce Salad
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 yellow bell pepper
- 2 red onions
- 1 cucumber
- 20 black olives
- 20 cherry tomatoes
- 250 g feta
- 6 tbsp olive oil
- 1 organic lemon
- 1 tbsp oregano
- Prepare all the ingredients. Clean the peppers, tomatoes, cucumber and lettuce by rinsing them off under running water thoroughly. Romaine lettuce often needs to be cleaned a little more thoroughly. Then cut the stems from the leaves. Peel the onion.
- The bell peppers are deseeded and then cut into cubes. The cucumber, just like the red onions, is cut into slices that are not too thin.
- Roughly chop the lettuce leaves and arrange the chopped lettuce on a large plate or platter. The lettuce is then topped with the diced peppers and the cucumber and onion slices.
- Spread the cherry tomatoes in whole on top of the salad. Drain the olives properly and then spread them evenly over the entire salad as well. Oregano and coarse sea salt are sprinkled evenly over the salad. Next, pour the juice of half an organic lemon and olive oil over the salad.
- Cut the Greek feta cheese into pieces or slices and place on top of the salad before seasoning it with some oregano as well.