I love oregano for its medicinal properties as well as its amazing taste. So whenever I can use it in prescription, I am happy. This Greek salad is an easy way to use oregano and other Greek flavors in a tasty dish that satisfies the whole family. We like to make it when we are out of the tomato and cucumber orchard at the same time.
A little history of Greek salad
Although we are not sure how Greek salad came to be, we know that it is not as ancient a tradition as many people think. This is because tomatoes did not become a popular Greek ingredient until the end of the twentieth century.
The Greek salad is thought to have been invented to control the prices of a simple tomato, cucumber, and onion salad, with the aim of adding a slab of feta cheese on top. This dish has become a favorite among tourists and since then it has become a way of access to many restaurants, potluck and backyards around the world.
Greek salad without lettuce?
An authentic Greek salad is a simple blend of cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, olives, feta, olive oil, and spices.
Many people wonder why traditional Greek salads do not contain lettuce. The answer is very simple. Greek salad has been a summer dish since tomatoes and cucumbers grew in the summer. In Greece, lettuce grows in winter because it is a cold seasonal plant, which is why it is not traditionally available during the summer.
An American-style Greek salad includes lettuce and may include:
- Peppermint (hot pepper with pickles)
- Bell pepper
- Filled grape leaves
Many people agree that an authentic Greek salad may contain some of these extra ingredients but you must skip the lettuce!
Another interesting thing about this salad is that it is traditionally prepared with a large amount of cucumber and tomato instead of small pieces.
Want more Greek inspired recipes?
My family loves Greek food (and it’s healthy too!), So we eat a lot of it. Here are our favorite recipes:
- Greek Meat Balls with Zazi Sookie – I like to make this recipe in the summer when fennel, cucumber and mint are readily available in the farmer’s market.
- Tangy Greek salad dressing. Tight and delicious, this dressing is great in salads or on roasted vegetables. It’s also great as a treat for vegetables or meat.
- Greek Metloff Prescription This empty meat uses flavors such as lemons, fennel and mint that were often eaten while traveling in Europe.
- Greek Stir Fry Recipe – This quick and easy recipe is perfect for Saturday nights or anytime you need a delicious meal soon.
- Greek-style smile – I like simple sauce sauce casseroles that can be prepared and reheated when needed. It fits on a bill and saves me many times when I have a new baby or for some other reason that cooking was difficult.
- Greek Chicken Skeleton – This recipe is right up my alley because it uses a pan and contains a lot of healthy Greek stimulants!
Greek food is delicious, we often include a Greek inspirational dish in our weekly meal plan.
My Big Fat Greek Salad Recipe
A simple but delicious Greek salad of cucumber, tomato, onion, olive, topped with feta and drizzled with easy vinaigrette.
In a medium bowl, combine cucumber, cherry tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, and olives.
Add the oregano, salt, pepper, vinegar, and olive oil and stir to combine.
Add the diced feta and toss gently.
Refrigerate for an hour to melt the flavor.
Serve and enjoy.
Do you like Greek flavors? What is your favorite dish?