One of my sons lived overseas for two years as part of his college education. During his last spring, while living in Paris, Benji (my husband) and I took the opportunity to go visit him. We ate our way through Paris and Normandy before heading on to Greece. The single biggest discovery of food in Greece was that Greek Salads do not contain lettuce! This sent me down a foodie rabbit hole trying to recreate the Authentic Greek Salad that we devoured at every meal.
The following recipe, Authentic Greek Salad, is the closest I have come to the freshness of products we ate overseas. It's a simple salad that easily combines staples that you most likely already have on hand.
How to make Greek Salad
Greek Salad is easy to make. The above picture shows a block of feta cheese. I am lucky enough to have a European grocery store close by and I love to try lots of different ingredients. This is a French Feta that is creamy, silky, and not overly salty. However, choose the feta that you enjoy and if you can't find a block of feta don't worry about it and just pick up crumbled feta from your store.
Let's talk cucumbers! Again, the above picture shows cucumbers and I tend to use mini cucumbers or English seedless cucumbers. Why? The seeds don't get in the way of your salad and the skin is a bit more tender.
This Greek Salad recipe uses dill. However, most of the time I am subbing out the dill for mint. I love fresh mint and grow some in my backyard. However, you can easily find fresh mint at the grocery store. If you can't find fresh mint, feel free to use approximately 2 teaspoons of dried mint or dill.
Authentic Greek Salad
- 2 large tomatoes chopped
- ½ seedless cucumber or 2 mini cucumbers chopped, skin on
- ½ sweet onion chopped
- pitted greek olives are optional
- 4 oz feta cheese crumbled
- ½ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup white wine vinegar
- 2 sprigs of dill chopped or 1 t dried dill
- S & P to taste
- Chop all of the vegetables and add them to a bowl.
- Add the feta to the bowl and combine.
- Make the dressing by combining the oil, vinegar, dill, and salt and pepper.
- Add the dressing to the vegetables and stir.