Monday, March 18, 2013

Greek Salad

I always enjoy a Greek Salad, but some salads are better than others. I was once traveling ,and we ate in a Greek restaurant called the Olympia Cafe on the waterfront in historic Savannah, Georgia

It was a charming setting with a view of the Savannah river, the Riverboats, and the water ferries. The dining area was decorated with bright blue tablecloths and contrasting white cloth napkins. There were potted trees of a tropical variety placed strategically throughout the room,  giving the restaurant a very inviting feeling.

I was immediately delighted the decor of the restaurant even before I saw the menu. However, the menu didn't disappoint me, there were plenty of gluten free choices . I decided to play it safe and order the Greek salad.

Although it only contained the typical ingredients of lettuce, tomatoes, feta cheese, cucumber, olives and Greek hot peppers, the dressing and the generous portion of " riced " feta cheese made it thick and exceptional. I've never seen feta cheese " riced".. but I really liked the texture.

What makes a great Greek salad?

In my opinion its the flavor and texture of the feta cheese. If it's soft and creamy, to me the salad is amazing. If it's dry and semi hard, to me the salad just isn't going to be that good.

At this Greek restaurant , the feta was absolutely sensational, making for an amazing Greek Salad.
I highly recommend the restaurant if you are in the area. The food is delicious and the prices are modest

Here is a recipe for Greek Salad that I tried from Rachel Ray that was very good: 
3 vine ripe tomatoes, cut into chunks
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 European seedless cucumber, cut into bite-size chunks
1 small red bell pepper, seeded and chunked
1 small green bell pepper, seeded and chunked
1 cubanelle pepper, seeded and chunked
1 cup Kalamata black olives
Several sprigs fresh flat-leaf parsley, about 1/2 cup
2 (1/4 pound) slices imported Greek feta
1/4 cup  extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed in palm of your hand
Coarse salt and black pepper

Combine vegetables, olives, and parsley in a large bowl. Rest sliced feta on the top of salad. Combine oil, vinegar, and oregano in a small plastic container with a lid. Shake vigorously to combine oil and vinegar and pour over salad and cheese. Season with salt and pepper and let the salad marinate until ready to serve. 

If your make a great Greek Salad , leave your idea in the comments. Thanks

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