Around the World in 80 Dishes: Greek Salad

It has been a long time since we wrote a blog post. We have made it safely back to the United States, and have been visiting family and friends while we recover from a year of travel. Now that we are in one place for a few months, we’ve started trying to learn how to cook some of our favorite dishes from around the world at home. So in the next few months get ready to learn how to make delicious food from around the world. The first dish we decided to attempt is Greek salad.

Patrick does not like salad. He does not eat salad. Or at least he didn’t…until we went to Greece. Greek salad is easier for Patrick to eat for a few reasons. For one, it doesn’t have lettuce or leafy greens of any kind. It also has very very little vinegar. It’s almost unnoticeable – just the way he likes it. Another great thing about Greek salad is that it’s very easy to customize. There is no cooking involved so no need to worry about exact measurements. If you’re like me and hate raw onions, you don’t have to put any onions in. Easy as that.

This recipe is very easy to personalize, but if you want to be just like us here is the recipe we used:

2-cucumbers1-green-bell-pepper1-purple-onion10-14-cherry-tomatoes1-small-jar-kalamata-olives6-oz-feta-cheese1_4-cup-olive-oil1-tbsp-red-wine-vinegar1-tsp-oregano

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Now, making this salad is pretty simple. First you need to chop the cucumbers and bell pepper into chunks. It really doesn’t matter how big or small the chunks are. When we were in Greece we had salads made several different ways. Sometimes the cucumber was sliced, sometimes it was quartered. We cut ours into 1/4 inch slices then quartered the slices. It just seems easier to eat that way.

You will also need to slice the purple onion.

We also cut our tomatoes in half just to make them easier to eat. This is completely optional. You might also notice that we have a variety of types of tomatoes. Feel free to use any type of tomato you like. It’s just one more example of how customizable this salad is.

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Now mix all of your chopped, sliced, and diced vegetables in a large bowl. You can also throw in the olives and crumbled feta cheese.

Pour on the olive oil and red wine vinegar. Sprinkle with dried oregano.

Now just mix it all together, and your salad is ready to serve.

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