Sunday, May 1, 2011

Fresh Greek Salad

Here's a peak into the kitchen messes my hubby puts up with on a regular basis. It's probably painful for him, a "neat" guy, but over the course of the past year and a half, he's learned to let me make messes and life will go on. In most cases ;)

 My cupcake mess a few weeks ago. Nick's birthday batch! Not the first unsuccessful batch I told you about here, but the second one that came out better. Notice I tape my recipes to my cupboards so they're easy to refer to and not on the messy counter. We all have our quirks. I have good reasons for mine though.

 Ahhhh, good as new. Pretty close at least. I love that light under the cupboards by the way - it's perfect for cooking and baking at night.

 Now I have to tell you about a great salad we had this week. So fresh and summery. Definitely a keeper recipe. 
Greek Salad
Organic romaine lettuce was our base. It was great and much less work - lasted really well too.

Add in fresh veggies, feta cheese and a homemade dressing. A vivacious and extremely tasty (and easy to whip together!) salad. Feta is the key ingredient by the way - it takes the salad to another level.

I got this recipe from The Pioneer Woman's blog - here is her version of the recipe. Mine is adapted for two people and I tweaked the ingredients to our liking.

Romaine lettuce
2 ripe tomatoes, cut into 6 wedges each and cut each wedge into 3's
1 large cucumber, peeled, cut into fourths lengthwise and diced into large chunks
1/4 red onion, sliced very thin
Crumbled feta cheese (to your liking)
1 tsp parsley
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp sugar (more to taste)
1/2 clove garlic, minced
Dash of salt
Pepper to taste
Lemon juice (I used about 1/2 tsp)

Add lettuce, tomato wedges, cucumber chunks, onion slices, half the feta and parsley into a large bowl.

Combine olive oil, vinegar, sugar, garlic, salt and pepper into a bowl and whisk. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Pour dressing over salad ingredients, then add salt and pepper. Toss with tongs or clean hands (my preference). Before serving, top with remaining feta and lemon juice.

Way better than Olive Garden's... in my opinion. Enjoy!

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