If you follow me on Instagram (and you should), you probably know I am an Orthodox Christian. We just had our Pascha- our Easter is late every 3 years- and it was FULL of Greek food, fun and celebrations.
I'm still trying to get myself together after a busy Lent and in the swing of spring and summer. And I have the perfect fresh, delicious and Greek-inspired farm salad to do just that!
While my husband and I aren't Greek, we're surrounded by them and LOVE all things Greek food. This salad is a mostly traditional preparation my husband ate almost everyday he lived in Greece in between high school and college, paired up with my American version.
Its fresh, delicious, won't weigh you down, and focuses on ingredients you probably have growing in your yard!
To make your own, here's what you'll need:
Greek Farm Salad
1/2 package cherry tomatoes, cut in half. (you want equal parts tomatoes and cucumber- more or less according to your taste).
A slice of fresh Feta cheese
Salt and pepper
Basil, Oregano, and Rosemary
1 fresh lemon, and a little zest.
Cut your cucumber into 1" chunks, and add halved cherry tomatoes to it, toss. (I remove the skin from my cucumbers because it reduces the burps... but that's up to you).
Cut lemon in half and squeeze juice all over salad, toss again to coat evenly.
Generously sprinkle salt, pepper, and herbs over salad, and lay slice of feta on top. Eat and enjoy!
For my slightly more "me" version, you'll need:
Same ingredients as above, along with
1/2 yellow bell pepper, sliced into 1/2" chunks
a generous serving of lettuce, any mix you like
1 feta slice- crumbled
Prepare the salad the same way, just add in lettuce and pepper.
I personally don't eat salad dressing (I have a thing about condiments... I know I am really weird), but everyone I've made this salad for LOVES that it is dressed with just fresh lemon juice. It lets the fresh vegetables shine and gives a sweet, tangy kick. If you really can't deal with the lack of dressing, add some olive oil and red wine vinegar.
We eat this salad ALL the time in summer, and I plant my garden specifically to have plenty of cucumbers and tomatoes on hand! I love how simple and uncomplicated Greek food is (well, other than Baklava). You don't need to do much to fresh ingredients to let them shine in a great dish- and this salad does just that!
What is your favorite simple summer salad?