You will love the flavors in this traditional Greek salad, with romaine, kalamata olives, feta cheese, red onions and tomatoes, in a homemade salad dressing!
Many years ago I worked at a private school where the employees were given the option of purchasing a specialty salad each week, created by my friend Dana, who was in charge of the lunch program. That was the first time I ever tried a traditional Greek Salad…and I loved it.
Fast forward a few years. I really wanted to make a Greek Salad for our dinner, and decided to try a recipe from Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman. I love her recipes (and have many of her cookbooks), so I knew I could count on THIS salad to be really tasty!
The simple homemade dressing that tops the healthy and crunchy Greek salad veggies, tastes amazing. The addition of very traditional Greek items like kalamata olives and feta cheese makes this salad so good! Now I’m hungry!!!
This is a fairly easy to make Greek salad. TRANSLATION: If you can chop veggies, you can make this! The recipe makes enough for 4 side salads or 2 entree sized salads. I think you will love it! Hope you will give it a try and get your
Geek Greek on!
How To Make This Delicious Greek Salad
First – chop up a head of rinsed and drained Romaine lettuce and toss it into a large salad bowl. Chop, Chop!
Cut or slice (see ingredient list for details) the ripe tomato, peeled cucumber, onions, and kalamata olives.
Place all the prepped veggies into the salad bowl. You’re almost done now! See how easy THAT was? I told you…you’re welcome!
Finish Building The Greek Salad
Now stand back and look at how pretty that salad looks…so far! When you’re done admiring your handiwork, add half of the feta cheese and the kalamata olives to the top of the salad. NOW it’s looking like a TRUE Greek salad!
Making Salad Dressing And Finishing The Greek Salad
Now you need to mix up the salad dressing (so easy!). Once you’ve got the dressing mixed up, pour it over the salad. Give that Greek salad a good toss, until dressing is mixed in and the lettuce and veggies are coated.
Right before you serve the Greek salad, give it one final garnish. If serving this salad on individual plates, garnish each plate. If serving salad in one large bowl, garnish the top.
Top the Greek salad with the additional feta cheese crumbles, then squeeze a little fresh lemon juice all over the top. Serve and enjoy!
Sure hope you enjoy this delicious Greek salad. This recipe is a real KEEPER!.
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Recipe Source: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/04/greek-salad/
- 1 head of (chilled) Romaine Lettuce (chopped)
- 2 whole Ripe Tomatoes (cut each one into 6 slices, then cut each slice in half)
- 1/2 large Cucumber (peeled, cut in fourths lengthwise, then cut into bite-sized chunks)
- 1/4 of a whole Red Onion ,(sliced thinly)
- 15 whole Kalamata Olives (cut in half lengthwise)
- 3 oz. Crumbled Feta Cheese
- 1/4 cup Fresh Parsley (chopped)
- 1/4 cup Olive Oil
- 2 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Granulated Sugar
- 1 clove Garlic (minced)
- 6 whole Kalamata Olives , chopped fine (these are extra, for salad dressing)
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt
- Freshly ground Black Pepper
- 1/2 whole Lemon (for squeezing juice over salad)
- Place the chopped lettuce, tomato chunks, cucumber chunks, sliced onions, halved olives, HALF of the feta, and the chopped parsley into a large bowl. Set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, sugar, garlic, salt, pepper and the chopped olives until the ingredients are fully combined. Pour the salad dressing over the salad, and toss with tongs till lettuce is well coated with dressing.
Transfer "dressed" salad to a large salad bowl or to individual serving plates. Right before you serve the salad, sprinkle the top of the salad (or each individual salad) with the other half of the feta cheese, then squeeze lemon juice over the top. Serve chilled, and ENJOY!
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