Hello and welcome to The Old Summers Home! Today we are doing something completely different on the blog, today I’m showing you how to make a Greek Salad! WHAT?!? Where did that come from? I love to cook and I have a passion for eating good food therefore I feel the need to share our favourites with you hahaha. Recently I asked my newsletter subscribers what they thought about adding a new section of DIY Cooking and so here we are, Cooking with Jenn!
Greek Salad is one of our favourite side dishes and I make quite a large batch that lasts about two days. After day three I usually toss it, so make sure you use it up within a day or two and cut back your batch if needed. Some of our other favourites to add this too are greek ribs and greek potatoes, so yum! I’ve included in italics a small version portion for each ingredient under it’s corresponding instructions.
Greek Salad Ingredients
Greek Salad Supplies
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Gather your supplies, you will need:
- a cutting board
- large knife,
- small knife
- bag for veggie scraps
- large bowl
Wash all your veggies in cool water then shake off to dry. Set yourself up in an area that has ample room for a large cutting board and all your ingredients and supplies so that you have everything at your fingertips. I like to have a plastic shopping bag near me when I’m chopping veggies so I can throw all my scraps in it as I go.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Chop Your Greek Salad
I like to use two to three colours of peppers when making my greek salad to add some colour to it. Just chop off the top about half an inch down pull out the center then cut in half the strips and chop to bite size pieces. To make a smaller salad use 1/2 0f each pepper.
Roma tomatoes are great in greek salad but really you can use any type you have on hand or that are in season. Cut off the stem end and cut into bite size cubes then add to the peppers. Use 2 tomatoes to cut down recipe – 1 if a large tomatoe.
Cut the ends off your long English cucumber or field cucumber. I always rub the ends on my cucumbers, because long ago I was told that it will remove the bitterness. Who else does this? I have been doing this forever hahaha. Simple just rub the cut piece on where you cut it off then toss. Ok back to the recipe… quarter your cucumber length wise then chop into bite sizes. Use 1/2 a cucumber to cut recipe down.
Peel your red onion, cut in half and then slice thinly. I usually use 1 small red onion, which is plenty for a salad this size. Use 1/4 to 1/2 small red onion to cut down recipe.
Romaine or Living lettuce
Wash your leaves individually. When I’m using romaine I usually wash about 8 large leaves, double that for living lettuce as it is much smaller. This salad does not have a large amount of lettuce in it because my favourite greek salads have minimal, if any at all. You can choose to add more if you like. P.S. Have you tried living lettuce yet? Oh my goodness it is so amazingly fresh right until the very end! I’m considering trying to transplant one just to see what happens and well who doesn’t want a fresh garden in their home hahaha.To cut recipe down use 4-6 leaves romaine.
Black Olives Ripe and sliced
I buy my olives in cans that are sliced and pitted already because it’s convenient and the exact same price haha. I use approximately half a can per salad so I refrigerate the other half for the next salad or pizza or whatever I decide to toss it into in the next week. Just drain the fluid into the container you are storing the left over olives in, in order to help them stay fresh. Cut down to 1/4 can for a smaller salad.
Cut off a chunk of feta cheese, I’m guessing I use approximately 11/2 cups, maybe a bit more so just use your judgement if you think it is a bit much. Crumble your feta cheese over top your salad. At this stage you can determine whether you need to add more.
Toss your Greek Salad and Serve/Store
Now mix it all up, I use my hands because it is much easier to mix everything really well. Serve now or refrigerate until the rest of your meal is ready. This salad tastes incredible after a few hours because the flavours have a chance to blend together! Make sure to store in an air tight container so that you maintain freshness, for best results use within three days.
I love the Kraft Greek Feta and Oregano salad dressing to finish this salad off! If you’re taking this to work try adding your dressing before you leave, omg incredible!
Hope you enjoy your Greek Salad as much as our family does! If you try this recipe we would love to hear what you think! Does this sound like something that would go great with supper tonight? If so give it a try! Bon appétit!
Until next time;
The Old Summers Home