I’m kinda loving this style of salad lately. Does anyone else ever feel like they could never eat salad again and be just fine with that? Between the whole process of making the salad and the feeling I sometimes get after eating vinegar based salad dressing – well, sometimes I just have enough of them. This salad doesn’t make me feel that way.
Marianne made this Greek Salad (which she got from our friend Marla Sloane (hi Marla – thanks for this recipe!)) for our girls beach weekend to Nags Head…..which seems like it was so long ago now…waaahhhh! So, she was making this salad and it was looking beautiful and then she poured the oil over top and I was waiting for her to also drizzle a little vinegar or lemon juice……but nothing. So inside I was thinking, gosh I feel like she needs to add some – should I tell her?? But I also knew that Marianne is a great cook (although she probably wouldn’t admit it) and so I just went with it. Because it was a beautiful salad and Marianne knows what she is doing. But I had just never had a salad with just oil before – blasphemy!!!!:-). Not that I was nervous really, but I was thinking I might need to sneak a little lemon juice – that is all.
So she served the Greek Salad alongside the wonderful Greek and Veggie Lasagnas that our friend Louanne made. Seriously, they were both amazing and maybe she will share them one day?? I ate the salad and instantly I fell IN LOVE….as much as you can with a salad…but let me tell you, it was De.Licious! I felt like because there was no heavy dressing and just good olive oil you could taste all of the veggies and olives and feta cheese 100 times more. Plus, you must know that the oregano and the parsley in my opinion are the stars of this salad and give it that true Greek Salad taste. In the directions below I say to liberally shake oregano on top and while you don’t want to drown it in these two herbs you definitely want to taste it. That is why I think I can eat this kind of salad all the time. Plus, it is really easy to put together so there is that super awesome fact! It is also a beautiful salad if I do say so myself!
So, if you are in a salad rut give this Greek Salad a try. It is a great one to serve to a crowd or just pare it down and serve it for yourself for lunch. Add some grilled chicken and a good slice of crusty bread and you have yourself a meal. Later in the week Marianne is going to share some healthy tips for eating and enjoying all kinds of salads…stay tuned!
Amounts for each ingredient are not given for this salad - you can use as much as you would like for the amount of people you are serving and based on individual tastes.
- Mix of Salad Greens -Romaine, Spring Mix, Iceberg - washed
- Cherry tomatoes - cut in half
- Red onion - thinly sliced
- Cucumbers - sliced
- Kalamata Olives
- Roasted Red Peppers - cut into thin strips
- Marinated Artichokes - drained
- Feta Cheese
- Fresh Parsley - chopped
- Dried Oregano
- Olive Oil - you can mix light and Extra Virgin to your taste
- Sea Salt and Pepper to taste
- Garlic Powder Optional
- Lemon Juice - Optional
- Cut up the lettuce into bit sized pieces and lay them on a platter along with any other greens you are using
- Place your veggies either in sections (like in the picture) or scattered on top of your greens.
- Crumble Feta Cheese over your salad
- Sprinkle salad liberally with oregano and parsley
- Drizzle olive oil over entire salad - don't drown it but make sure you are using enough to coat the salad nicely
- Sprinkle Sea Salt and Pepper along with Garlic Powder if using
- Optionally sprinkle a little lemon juice over salad (try it once without the lemon juice or add to individual salads. It is so good without it.
- To serve you can either toss the salad right on the platter or serve the greens and then add the veggies and cheese to each individual.
If you are looking for some more salad inspiration you can try these salads as well.
Asian Steak and Noodle Salad – from Becki’s Whole Life (ignore the pictures on this post – this salad is amazing)
Massaged Raw Kale Salad – I know there are kale haters out there but I love this salad and it is so easy. I start craving kale when I have this one from Skinnytaste. Try it!
Apple, Pecan and Blue Cheese Salad – from Pioneer Woman. No one else in my house would eat this with me, but what a great fall salad!
This Mediterranean Tuna Salad from Rachael Ray looks so good and it is easy to assemble and healthy, too!