Cucumber Greek Salad-Light and Refreshing Year Round
Do you love Greek salad? If so, here's a great recipe for a classic, light and refreshing Greek salad that's great year round. A Greek salad is made using a delicious mixture of fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, feta cheese and olives and it's usually seasoned with salt and oregano and dressed with extra virgin olive oil. Some people add different things to the recipe including red peppers and even capers, but most people just enjoy the plain version. In places like Australia, South Africa and in the UK, if you were to ask for a Greek salad you might simply get some lettuce with a Greek-style salad dressing. In Greece, it's called Horiatiki, which means a peasant salad since it's made with very affordable ingredients that most people would have on hand, especially if they have their own garden. The recipe isn't even a part of real, traditional Greek cuisine which goes back centuries. In fact, the tomato didn't even become popular in Greece until the 19th century, at the very end. It's not known exactly where the Greek salad was first enjoyed or who invented it, but it is now served at many Greek restaurants, especially those in America.
It may have been named as such because of the ingredients used in the salad, all of which are used in Greek cuisine and recipes. They use olive oil in many recipes, as well as for medicinal and in beauty regimes. Oregano is also used a lot in Greek cuisine for seasoning meats, and it's also a great medicinal ingredient as well. Greek cuisine has always used cheeses of different kinds in their recipes too. Especially feta cheese which is a brined curd cheese that's aged and has a crumbly and grainy texture with a very strong flavour. You can also use feta cheese in other healthy food recipes like feta and watermelon salad with basil for a refreshing treat, or on pizzas and pasta. This salad recipe is one of the many great salad recipes shared with us by Ashlyn of Belle of the Kitchen. She says that this pasta recipe is one of those quick and easy recipes you can whip up in no time and use as a side for many different dishes. The most difficult part would be chopping all of the vegetables which will only take 5 minutes anyway. So it's really not that hard at all.
You can make your Greek salad ahead of time and allow all of the flavours to mingle as well. Also, if you're not a fan of olives, or you like different olives, just make it your own and leave them out or add in the olives you like. All you need is 2 cucumbers, and you'll want to peel them and chop them into quarter pieces. You'll also need 4 to 6 Roma tomatoes, and a quarter of a red onion. For the dressing, you'll use olive oil, lemon juice, dried oregano and some salt and pepper to taste. Once you've mixed up the chopped vegetables, you can make your dressing and then pour it over the vegetables. Next, sprinkle some feta cheese over the salad and toss lightly to coat all of the veggies in the dressing and the cheese. Just make sure that you refrigerate the salad until you're ready to serve it and then leave it out for about 5 to 10 minutes before you eat it, so it isn't too cold. You can also mix up some of the Greek salad dressing and keep it in a jar for other salad recipes if you like.***
Nutrition Facts for: Cucumber Greek Salad from Belle of the Kitchen
Ingredients: Cucumbers, Roma tomatoes, red onion, olive oil, fresh lemon juice, dried oregano, fata cheese, salt, pepper, black olives.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 8 servings * Per Serving: Calories 52, Calories from Fat 21, Total Fat 2.3g 4%, Saturated Fat 0.4g 2%, Cholesterol 0mg 0%, Sodium 309mg 13%,Potassium 351mg 10%, Carbohydrates 7.9g 3%, Dietary Fiber 2.3g 9%, Sugars 3.9g, Protein 1.6g, Vitamin A 19%, Vitamin C 33%, Calcium 4%, Iron 7%
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