What do you cook when it’s hot and super humid out and you’re lazy? I eat a bowl of cereal or whip up a quick salad.
I’m pretty sure a blog post about how to make a bowl of cereal wouldn’t go over very well, so I figure a salad recipe is a better thing to share with you. By the way, in case you’re curious, I’m into Grape-Nuts cereal lately (still not going to tell you how to put milk in the bowl though). 😉
The other day my husband and I had a conversation about Greek salads. When we went to Greece back in 2010 he was surprised to see that a Greek salad was made up of three simple ingredients. I mean it’s like that virtually everywhere. We took a 13 day land and sea tour and no matter where we were a Greek salad was made up of just feta cheese, tomatoes, and cucumbers. This wasn’t a surprise to me because I’m half Greek and I’d been to Greece before, so I knew the drill. Why do Americans make it different (like add lettuce, olives, fancy dressing, etc.)? I honestly have no idea.
In honor of reminiscing over our Greece vacation (and the fact that I was too lazy to make anything that took longer than 2 minutes to make), I whipped up an authentic Greek salad for lunch.
Please, please, please use good quality ingredients for this salad. I probably say this every time I make something this simple, but it’s worth repeating. In this case if you use cruddy ingredients there is literally nothing else to help them. I’m not saying that you need to go to Greece to get good feta. You know what you like and that’s what you should use. The fact is that delicious cheese and veggies is what makes this salad so fabulous.
My husband and I have a little debate going here about the olive oil on this salad. He says it’s totally pointless since the salt and pepper stick nicely to the tomatoes and cucumbers without help. I say it’s important because, well, Greece. You know, because olive oil is in/on/with everything over there. I concede that it’s probably optional if you are trying to save a few calories and he accepts that if you insist on using the oil, you should definitely use the good stuff.
Okay, all this Greek food talk makes me want to go back to Greece! Is anyone going anywhere fun soon?
Genuine Greek Salad Recipe
(Makes 2 servings)
- about 4 ounces feta cheese
- 2 tomatoes, cut into 4 wedges each
- 1/2 cucumber, sliced
- (optional) drizzle of olive oil
- salt and pepper, to taste
Note: One of the great things about this salad is that you really don’t need to be exact here. Eat as much or as little as you want of each ingredient and it will still be tasty.
- On each plate, lay a piece of feta cheese (about 2 ounces).
- Top the cheese with some tomatoes wedges and sliced cucumbers.
- (optional) Drizzle a little bit of olive oil on top.
- Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Source: Tina’s Chic Corner
Here are some of my other favorite Greek dishes.