Greek salad has been my favorite salad for as long as I can remember. When I first moved to Fort Lauderdale, I used to order a Greek salad from the small café in my building almost every month. I remember it had a ton of Romaine lettuce and a tangy lemony dressing. It wasn’t the most authentic, but it was pretty darn good and I soon became addicted to it.
And then one day I had the brilliant idea of ordering a “Greek” salad on the beach. It came with corn. Corn?! Do they even eat corn in Greece?
This is the BEST Greek salad you will ever eat. I promise. Okay, I understand that “best” is subjective, but trust me on that one. Here’s what you do to make the world’s best Greek salad:
1) Take a juicy, ripe tomato and spoon out the seeds. Dice it. Or you can use cherry or grape tomatoes. Just make sure they’re not bland.
2) Take a seedless cucumber and dice it. If your cucumber is not seedless, that’s okay. Just slice it lengthwise, take a small spoon and “scrape” the seeds out. You could always keep the seeds, but I find the salad is more attractive without. Personal preference.
3) Slice or dice about a quarter of a red onion, less if your onion is huge.
4) Dice (or keep whole) a few Kalamata olives.
5) Now this part is very important. You cannot compromise on it. Go to Costco and buy this feta cheese NOW:
This feta cheese is the real deal. Imported from Greece. Look at the package. You can’t go wrong with this stuff.
6) Now cube the feta cheese, or cut it into rectangle if you prefer. You want BIG chunks/cubes of feta in your Greek salad, not crumbles! Crumbles are okay if you want to sprinkle feta on fish or something like that, but you want big chunks of salty feta in your Greek salad.
7) Gently mix everything together and drizzle a very simple vinaigrette of extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and oregano. The proportions are usually 3:1 for the oil and lemon juice. No need to salt, as the feta and the olives are very salty on their own. Add freshly ground pepper to your heart’s content.
Delicious. I like to eat my Greek salad with warm pita bread and homemade hummus. Unfortunately for you guys I devoured the salad before I could take a picture, but I promise I’ll take one next time I make it and add it to this post. Let’s hope…