Kevin and I had the pleasure of spending two weeks in Greece in 2008 and one of the souvenirs we brought home was this little recipe. Unlike American salads, the Greek (summer) Salad does not contain lettuce. Instead it is made up of tomatoes, sliced cucumber, red onion, sliced or cubed feta cheese, and black olives. It is typically seasoned with salt and dried oregano, and dressed with olive oil. In a couple locations it also contained cubed green bell peppers, but this did not seem to be common. We use Greek olives, which are salty and sour, but you can also use Kalamata if you prefer.
As you can see here, we serve it with a slice of feta cheese on top as this seemed to be the way most of the local (not tourist) restaurants served it. You simply use your fork to break up the delicious feta cheese, taking a small bite with each piece of vegetable.
Feta, as you may know, is an aged crumbly cheese, commonly produced in blocks and has a slightly grainy texture. Only those cheeses produced in a traditional way in select areas of Greece (mainland and the island of Lesbos), and made from sheep milk or from a mixture of sheep and goats’ milk (up to 30%) may bear the name "feta". With that said, our local Italian grocer carries a wonderful American-made "feta" so do try a few varieties to find the one you like best.
|Julian on the island of Santorini|