Greek salads are very delicious and simple to make. I learned my version from my dear friend Stayce, (who happens to be Greek). She taught me that the secret in this wonderfully fresh salad was all in the ‘sweating’.

No, I’m not suggesting that you’ll be sweating when making this salad, what I am saying is that the magic to this salad is to let most of the ingredients blend together with some salt and a few other spices, which allows them to ‘sweat’. It’s a concept I use for a lot of my salads, and they never seems to disappoint!   After making this salad for your date, you will be in praised beyond belief.

The ingredients for a greek salad can be varied based on personal taste, but below is what I use.

 

You’re a Greek God Salad (serves 4)

1 large head of fresh romaine lettuce, rinsed well, and chopped into bite sized pieces*
1/2 Cup of Feta Cheese
Pita Bread, Toasted well, and cut into wedges

Here are the sweating ingredients:

2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
5 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

1/2 cup of chopped tomatoes, I used about 2 to 3 ripe plum tomatoes
1 medium sized cucumber rinsed and cut into bite sized piece
1/4 cup of red onion, sliced thin, and then cut into quarters
1/4 pitted Kalamata Olives (Greek olives with NO pits), cut in half length-wise
6 to 8 whole pepperoncini’s (leave whole)
1/2 cup of Feta Cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup of chick peas (optional)
1/2 tsp of dried oregano (that is 3 to 4 shakes from the container..)
1/4 to 1/2 tsp of Salt (this a about 3 pinches)
Freshly Ground pepper

Directions:

Squeeze the lemon in the bottom of a large side salad bowl (remove any seeds, if they happen to have fallen out while squeezing). Then add olive oil, salt, pepper and oregano. Give that a good stir so that it’s blended.

Now top that lemon/olive oil mixture with all the other ingredients except the feta (tomatoes, onion, cucumber, olives, pepperoncini’s, chick peas). Top with salt, pepper and oregano. Toss this gently to blend all the ingredients and then let this sit for 10 to 15 minutes…allow it to sweat.

Right as you’re ready to serve, top the mixture in the bowl with the chopped romaine and toss to mix all ingredients.  Lastly,  top with the Feta Cheese. This salad presents beautifully; give it one more light toss just before serving. Garnish with the toasted pita wedges!

* I normally rinse the romaine, allowing the water to fill in between each leaf of the lettuce. And then flip it upside down to allow it to drain real well, then place it in refrigerator wrapped in a paper towel, to allow it to chill and get crisp. Then I cut it into bite size piece just before serving the salad.

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