Enjoy the Last of the Garden Tomatoes

tomatoesGreek salad, Greek χωριάτικη σαλάτα ‘rustic salad’ or θερινή σαλάτα ‘summer salad’ is a summer salad in Greek cuisine. The Greek term horiatiki or “country salad,” “peasant salad,” or “village salad” is also used.

Reveling in the last memories of the summer, crisp cold vegetables, olive oil and family what else do you need? … of course fresh bread, wine and friends to share it with.

To make Greek salad

  • 2 ripe tomatoes cubed
  • 1 cucumber sliced – I would peel cucumber prior to slicing. English cucumber does not need to be peeled however I suggest peeling and seeding fresh garden cucumbers
  • 1 green bell pepper – I have noticed that slicing the green pepper very thin makes a difference
  • ½ red onion sliced thin
  • feta cheese to your liking
  • kalamata olives to your liking (any type of olives will add to your salad). If possible, looked for pitted olives at your grocer’s olive bar – your guests will be very appreciative
  • Dressed with salt, pepper, dried oregano, and olive oil to take it to new heights (gotta say, canola may not cut it here)

Add pickled caper leaves, buds or berries to give the salad a signature… this pickled vegetable will ignite a conversation. If you add capers you should reduce any salt you are tempted to add between the feta and capers.

Add a head of roasted garlic and a baguette to your table and you have a meal.

Some ingredients of Greek salad may have specific health benefits. For example, tomatoes have phytochemicals, red Onion help to lower blood sugar, olives have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients and garlic builds the immune system.

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