Sunday, November 14, 2010

Greek Chopped Salad

For my first post I thought I'd pick one of my favorite recipes.

This isn't your average Greek Salad.  The most important thing about this salad lettuce! I promise you won't even miss it.  All the other Greek Salad staples will make you forget all about that lettuce.

One of the best parts of this salad is that you can pick and choose what you really love.  I have family members that don't love onions and others that don't like olives.  I happen to love both, but if you don't like an ingredient you can easily take it out or substitute a different veggie you love.

This salad is a hit at BBQs, family gatherings, pizza parties or even as a side dish with dinner. You could even use it as a topping for burgers, gyros, bagels or a veggie sandwich.

I like to use my favorite bottled Greek dressing when serving this tasty dish.  I'm working on making my own dressing but I haven't quite perfected the taste yet.  I will be sure to give an update when I strike gold!

Greek Chopped Salad
(This recipe will feed between 10-12 as side salad)

1 C. Green Pepper, cut into thin slices
3/4 C. Carrots, chopped
1/2 C. Kalamata Olives, chopped
1 C. Cucumbers, sliced and quartered
1 1/2 C. Tomatoes, chopped 
(any tomato will do. I used cherry tomatoes cut in quarters)
3/4 C. Purple Onion, sliced thin
3/4 C. Sweet Onion, sliced thin
1 C. Feta Cheese, crumbled
1 Tbsp Lemon Zest
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
1 Tbsp Lemon Thyme (optional) 
(Oregano and/or Thyme may be added if you prefer)

There are no strict instructions on how to assemble this salad.  The salad is going to be tossed prior to serving.  I like to chop/slice/dice/quarter/crumble all the ingredients and then add to the serving dish.

Let's start slicing and dicing!

All Chopped and ready to go into the bowl.

There are some great colors in this salad so it looks great in a funky serving bowl.  I got this one at Home Goods.  I love Home Goods.  I never go in without buying something.  (This is a post for another time....)

Time to toss.

Pick your favorite dressing to serve with the salad.  These are two of my favorites. They are both different, but both go great with the salad.  One is a creamy Greek dressing and the other is an oil/vinegar/herb mix.

You can serve the salad by either tossing the veggies with the dressing prior to serving or you can serve the salad without dressing and let your guests choose and pour their own.

Time to eat.  



Patrice said...

Tomorrow nights dinner. Can't wait to try it. Thanks.

joeflats said...

Karen, everything looks incredible, the page and the salad! I told a friend, and she is following your blog and is going to make the salad too! :-)

Patrice said...

Karen, just finished chopping everything and have it tossed. It looks awesome! I am not going to lie to you...i was hesitant to put that much onion but I put my faith in you and went against my hesitations. I'll let you know how it goes...I think the kids are going to love it. I'm going to call it Rainbow Salad to them!
It would be a great feature if you could have these recipes sent to a cell phone. I forgot the ingredients and had to call Carol and have her look it up for me! I know, I want it all.

joeflats said...

Ok, I did not follow the recipe to a T, but it still came out great! I left out the onions and olives and I added chopped up chicken breast and a couple of pita pockets chopped up as well and tossed the whole thing together! Joe and I loved it! Thanks for the inspiration!

Kathryn said...

Karen -

I made this for our New Year's Eve get together, and everyone loved it! adjusted a little bit... a little less onions and olives for a coupld of us picky ones! :-)

It looks soooo pretty too!!

can't wait to try out more! keep em coming!

tastytablespoons said...

Hi Kathryn,
I'm so glad you liked it. One of the great things about that salad is you can adjust the ingredients to fit the likes and dislikes for everybody. I do the same thing.

Jacquelina Jolie said...

Great idea and so yummy! Lettuce is boring and doesn't have that many nutrients anyway...Love this!

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