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Greek Salad

It was a dark and stormy night. No really, it was. And that, along with severe flood warnings, helped us decide that home was the place to be, even though I really, really wanted to go out for Greek Salad. A craving for Greek salad?

Summertime and the produce is colorful and abundant. I’m a sucker for seasonal fruits and vegetables and find them hard to resist … especially when the strawberries smell like sweet berries and the tomatoes are bursting with flavor. Often I find too much produce lurking in my fridge and I’m searching for clever ways to use it up before new crops find their way into my kitchen.

I knew I had a lot on hand and was hoping I could pull this off. Lettuce? Check. Tomatoes? Check. Cucumber? Check. Feta cheese? Check. Lemons? Check. Olive oil? Always! I even had a bunch of fresh dill … I had everything, save the kalamata olives, (which I substituted with black cured olives). Yay!!

DSC_3214We enjoyed a great Greek Salad! I used up some wonderful fresh produce — and got to stay dry while eating and drinking white wine, watching the rivers of rain through the windows.

GREEK-STYLE SALAD

1 large Lemon, juiced (approx 3 tbsp)

6 tbsp Olive Oil

1 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar

1 tsp kosher Salt

3/4 tsp ground Pepper

1 tbsp dried Oregano

1 large Garlic clove, minced or grated

2 large Beefsteak Tomatoes — or any flavorful fresh tomatoes, cut into chunks

4 Baby Cucumbers, or one large English/Seedless Cucumber, chopped into chunks

I Red Pepper, seeded and chopped

2 Scallions, sliced

½ cup, more or less, fresh Dill, chopped

6-8 cups Romaine Lettuce, sliced into ¾-1″ ribbons, 2-3 heads of lettuce depending on size

½-¾ cup Feta Cheese

¼ cup Black or Kalamata Olives

DSC_3228Combine the lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, oregano and grated garlic clove in a glass jar. Seal tightly and shake vigorously to blend.

DSC_3215Slice the romaine into ribbons.

DSC_3225Soak in cold water and spin dry.

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DSC_3231Put all your salad ingredients in a large bowl. Add dressing and toss to lightly coat, taking care to not break the tomatoes or Feta.

DSC_3202Note – For presentation purposes: you can also mix all the salad ingredients except the tomatoes, Feta cheese and olives. Toss with ¾ of the dressing. Place the remaining ingredients on top and just drizzle with last of the dressing.

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