A good Greek salad is worth its weight in feta. Start with the freshest ingredients you can find and a large bowl.
• Wash a head of romaine lettuce and tear into small, bite-sized pieces. (You can use a knife to chop it up as well if you want the pieces to be more uniform.)
• Thinly slice half a red onion, chop up a cucumber and a tomato, some pitted kalamata olives, a handful of crumbled Feta cheese, and a dash of dried oregano and toss together in the bowl.
• Take half a lemon and squeeze the juice over the salad. Drizzle olive oil over the bowl and then add salt and pepper.
• Toss the salad and then check the seasonings; feel free to add more lemon, oil, salt, or pepper and adjust to taste.
OTHER GREEK RECIPES
1. Greek Coffee
This recipe depends on its star ingredient – Greek coffee. Be sure you’re using Greek coffee (not traditional American or European coffee), which is a light roast and very finely ground. Use a briki (a small copper or brass pot with a wider base and narrow top) and don’t skimp on the sugar. Get our Greek Coffee recipe.
2. Greek Pasta with Shrimp, Feta, Tomatoes, and Olives
Shrimp pasta with ouzo sauce is as Greek as it gets. Anise-flavored ouzo, along with fresh tomatoes, red onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, olive oil, and shrimp form the base of this pasta sauce, which is topped with feta and kalamata olives. Get our Greek Pasta with Shrimp, Feta, Tomatoes, and Olives recipe.
3. Greek Lamb Braised with Tomatoes
Kokkinisto is a delicious Greek lamb dish that tastes great paired with a bowl of pasta, preferably Greek macaroni, which is similar to bucatini. This dish makes great leftovers, so make up a big batch on a Sunday afternoon and freeze individual portions so that you can reheat them with some pasta any night of the week. Get our Greek Lamb Braised with Tomatoes recipe.
4. Dolmathes with Avgolemono
These traditional dolmathes, stuffed with a mixture of ground beef, onion, rice, olive oil, parsley, mint, salt and pepper are filling and compact, perfect to serve aside with a lemony and egg-filled avgolemono sauce. Don’t forget to reserve a cup of the hot cooking liquid from the dolmathes to add to the sauce. Get our Dolmathes with Avgolemono recipe.
5. Greek Easter Bread
Tsoureki is a classic Greek bread that’s braided with dyed red eggs for Easter and topped with toasted almonds. For a super traditional take, season with mahlepi and mastic, specialty ingredients you can get at any Greek grocery. Get our Greek Easter Bread recipe.
6. Greek Honey and Cheese Tart
This tart, known as Melopita, is filled with whole-milk ricotta, honey, lemon, cinnamon, and topped with toasted almonds. The lemon zest in the crust makes for a great juxtaposition to the creamy filling. Get our Greek Honey and Cheese Tart recipe.
This recipe is a classic take on spanakopita, the Greek spinach and cheese pie made with flaky layers of phyllo dough. Scallions, yellow onions, spinach, lemon zest, nutmeg, and egg are mixed together and assembled into hand-sized individual pies that make it hard to eat just one. Get our Spanakopita recipe.
8. Garlic Mint Yogurt Spread
A tangy spread that doubles as a dip, this is a healthy alternative to mayonnaise that is packed with fresh mint. Greek yogurt, lemon juice, kosher salt, garlic, and ¾ cup of chopped fresh mint are combined in a food processor and make the perfect spread for an inspired sandwich. Get our Garlic Mint Yogurt Spread recipe.