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2 Traditional Greek Salad Recipes

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Salads – from being a Bore to want some More

Salads aren’t my best friend, not after I was compelled to eat more of this raw medley to keep the calories at bay.  With being in a salad straitjacket most of the time, I studiously avoid looking at the salad bar during banquets.   I mean it’s not fair to restrict oneself to greens as the world feasts.  At least that’s what I’d like to think, to absolve myself of temporary qualms of conscience.

Green salads, however, can be relished if well dressed with the right accompaniments.  As we are now into Grecian fare, it would do well to include a green leafy vegetables salad and a traditional Greek salad to complete the Greek saga.   It’s not unfair to pack in some salads it it’s accompanied with a spread of delicious soup, gyro and casserole (see other recipe articles on the Greek theme). 

That this Greek boiled salad recipe flaunts olives, herbs and cheese is but natural, especially to Greeks.   Note that iceberg lettuce is a common ingredient in most of my salads because of one primary reason.   Did you know that lettuce has no nutritional value?   Well that’s a relief; for it’s a great filler that keeps you chewing without a pang of conscience and with no risk of a calorie attack.

So do wedge in a few of these traditional Greek salads into your menu even if they aren’t as toothsome.  Afterall, one or two healthy options won’t hurt.  Here goes my Leafy Greek Green Salad recipe.

Boiled Leafy Green Greek Salad Recipe

This is a simple green leafy vegetables salad with spinach and olives setting its green tones. It is tinged with the quintessential cheese toppings, common to Greek salads.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine Greek
Servings 2 persons

Ingredients
  

Ingredients

  • 3 bunches spinach (cut in strips, without stems)
  • 1 tomato (chopped to medium-sized pieces)
  • 1 medium-sized onion (finely chopped)
  • 3-4 tbsp dark olives
  • 8-9 iceberg lettuce leaves (chopped in strips)
  • 2-3 cubes grated cheese (Amul cheese went into this)
  • ¼-½ tsp black pepper powder
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar (for a spicy & tangy taste)
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions
 

The Making of the Salad

  • Heat olive oil as customary, adding onions and tomatoes and stirring for a couple of minutes. 
    (When I refer to a couple, I mean literally two minutes - taking care to not overheat the olive oil).
  • Next stir in some vinegar, pepper powder, salt and chilli flakes.
  • Now plonk in the spinach leaves, and prop up the stove on high heat to not allow the leaves to emit water. Stir roughly and let cook for 4-5 minutes.
  • Top with grated cheese, dark olives, and “cool”.
    (As indicated in my previous Grecian recipes, all items need to be “cooled” before proceeding with the next step).
  • Top with lettuce strips, arranging them well for effect. Garnish with some more grated cheese just before serving.
Greek salad dressing

Traditional Greek Salad Recipe

The Greeks flaunt olives, herbs and cheese in their salads. Potatoes are the mainstay of a typical Grecian kitchen, having brought by John Kapodistrias to early Greeks. Hence potatoes and of course, meats (in this case chicken) form the primary ingredients of this Greek salad recipe.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine Greek
Servings 2 persons

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 4-5 cubes cheese (grated, Amul brand will do)
  • 3-4 tbsp dark olives (drain the water in which they are soaked)
  • 4 boiled egg whites (finely chopped)
  • 400 gms potatoes (boiled, then finely chopped)
  • 1 large tomato (chopped)
  • tsp pepper powder
  • tsp mixed herbs
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • a pinch of basil powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • olive oil (as required)

Instructions
 

Putting the Salad together

  • Pour a modest amount of olive oil into a pan. 
  • Add chilli flakes and pepper soon after, taking care not to let the oil overheat for apparent reasons. 
  • Then drop in the chopped potatoes, turn the gas on high and fry for two to three minutes till a crunch.
  • Add the chopped onions and saute a bit.
  • Add salt, lime juice, tomatoes, stir again for say, a minute.
  • Add the chopped egg whites, toss lightly.
  • Follow this by adding mixed herbs, dark olives and sprinkle basil powder over it.
  • You may dress up this traditional Greek salad with grated zucchini - an optional step.

Notes

Good to prepare an hour prior to serving, not too early nor too late lest the salad gets soggy or lest you miss the dinner table engagement while getting caught in the process of chopping and measuring and what else!

Recommended Dishes to pair with Greek salads

Don’t eat the Greek salads in isolation; if you do – it is likely to taste bland as common to some of the best Greek salad recipes.  Bland to the Indian palate, that is. 

I suggest that you pair the Greek salads with the Greek mains, to make it a complemetary meal.   A recipe of Greek mains in the form of Greek Casserole, snacks like the Greek Gyro, and hot broths like the Greek Cold Soup are fundamental to a Greek themed affair.

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Carmelita is an Economics major and is employed with a private sector bank. She holds a diploma in journalism, but that's not the reason for her creative writing skills exhibited in a few freelancing feature writing assignments with a leading daily and also her blog. Her blog falls under the Top 25 of the Best Mumbai Blogs to Follow, by Feedspot.com ranking. She has an eye for offbeat travel, having visited seven continents and seeing more than what meets the average eye. Though not a cook per se, her tips on smart cooking are a thing to reckon in her food and cocktail recipes. As if this is not enough, she dabbles now and then in studio singing assignments which have gained her a sizeable fan following. That she is an avid reader is but natural, with a bent for literary classics which in turn have lent its influence in her blog writing panache.

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