Traditional Greek Salad

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A Classic Greek Salad Recipe - Lavender and Lovage

The classic Greek salad, or horiatiki, provides a tantalizing combination of fresh and savory flavors.

It makes a satisfying side dish with grilled and roasted foods, or as a stand-alone meal for lunch accompanied by a crusty loaf of artisan bread or warm pita bread.

Ingredients.

For the Dressing:

  • 2 teaspoons fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil

For the Salad:

  • 1 pound vine-ripened tomatoes
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 red or green bell pepper
  • 1/2 pound feta cheese preferably sheep or goat milk
  • 1 cup pitted Kalamata olives

Instructions:

For the Dressing:

  1. Mince the oregano, basil, parsley, and garlic
  2. In a medium-sized jar with a tight-fitting lid, mix together the minced herbs and garlic, mustard, and vinegar. Add the olive oil a few tablespoons at a time, shaking well to emulsify after each addition. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Chill for a couple of hours before preparing the salad.

For the Salad:

  1. Coarsely chop the tomatoes, cucumber, onion, and bell pepper. Combine in a large bowl.
  2. Add the olives to the vegetables
  3. Pour three-quarters of the chilled dressing over the ingredients and toss lightly.
  4. If needed, cut the feta cheese in large pieces. Lay the cheese on top and drizzle on the remaining dressing.
  5. serve with warm pita bread.

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