Dad’s Greek Salad

I’m on vacation this week, so am pulling forward a few recipes from the archives that we’ve recently updated. This gorgeous Greek salad is one of them, originally posted in 2005. So pretty, isn’t it? And perfect for the hot weather. ~Elise

This Greek salad is a favorite of my father’s to make during the summer. We usually have plenty of tomatoes and cucumbers growing in the garden, and all you have to do is toss in some red onions, olives, bell pepper, feta cheese, a few herbs, and some olive oil and vinegar and you have beautiful, cooling, fresh, Greek salad.

Dad’s Greek Salad Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6.

Tip from my mom: to take some of the bite away from the onions, after you chop them, soak them in a little vinegar or lemon juice.

Yum

Ingredients

  • 6 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano or 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed or 1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 large plum tomatoes, seeded, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cucumber, peeled, seeded, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, peeled, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, seeded, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup pitted black olives (preferably brine-cured), coarsely chopped
  • A heaping half cup crumbled feta cheese

Method

1 Whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, vinegar, oregano and dill weed together until blended. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. (Can be prepared 3 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature. Rewhisk before using.)

2 Combine the tomatoes, cucumber, onion, bell pepper, olives in a bowl. Toss with dressing. Sprinkle cheese over and serve.

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  • jim hoffman

    Thanks Elise. I’ve made your Dad’s Greek salad twice this week already. It may be the perfect food. The next time we have guests I’m adding the grilled fish, crusty bread and wine.

  • Lady Amalthea

    I just made this tonight, substituting raw zucchini for the cucumber, and it was great. Pleasantly spicy with the raw garlic. An all-around hit and perfect summer late-night dinner.

  • Lady Amalthea

    Hey, I made this a couple of weeks ago and it was fantastic! This is my version.

    http://noshesthoughtsreves.blogspot.com/2005/09/salade-grecque.html

  • Janice Khyati

    Fantastic salad. One of the best Greek salad recipes I’ve come across. I just doubled the red wine vinegar amount to give a little extra zest. Love it.

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