Thursday, January 15, 2009

Greek Salad





Greek Salad

1 cup cucumber sliced
1 cup tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup canned chickpeas (garbanzo), drained, rinsed.
1/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted, sliced
1/4 cup scallions, sliced
1/4 cup coarsely chopped parsley
Juice of 1 lemon
1 clove garlic minced
1 teaspoon sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
2-3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 Tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
One thing I didn't add that would enhance the salad is feta cheese!

Combine the cucumbers, tomatoes, chickpeas, olives, scallions, and parsley in a large bowl.

Whisk together lemon juice, garlic, sugar, salt, and pepper for the vinaigrette in a bowl.
Drizzle olive oil into lemon juice mixture in a steady stream while whisking, after it emulsifies stir in mint and adjust seasonings to taste.


I'm pretty sure I more than doubled the recipe and it's great the second day, too. I served it with Marinated Chicken Breasts.

13 comments:

  1. Oh, this looks SO delicious! I just found your blog via Joie de vivre and I'm very excited -- my favorite cookbooks are More With Less and Extending the Table. I'm a stay at home mom (an American in Japan) and am really looking forward to reading more on your blog! I won't be able to get all the ingredients here for your recipes, but I'm definitely going to make as much as I can from your storehouse of ideas. Thanks!

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  2. Oh yum! I think I have everything but the olives in the house to fix this (including feta)... sounds so good right now. I may fix it tomorrow after I get the olives!

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  3. I wish I could just take some out of the screen for my dinner alone tonite! It looks so good!

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  4. Now THAT is a salad indeed! Wonderful!!!!! I love it...such a great pic to go with it Ellen and this is soooo good for you. With the addition of chickpeas one can call this a whole meal for sure!

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  5. What a great salad, Ellen. I love olives and chick peas..

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  6. Pretty close to the real thing, though I've yet to see a chick-pea. The basic fare that you get in Greece is:
    tomato, med cubes
    onion, cut in long strips
    green pepper, cut in rings
    cucumber, med cubes
    feta, large cubes
    parsely
    olive oil
    salt to taste

    Sometimes they'll add a hot pepper (via a pepperincini) for fun.

    That's it. It's simple but wonderful, though I must confess I'm itching to give your version a try. =) As always, LOVE your blog!

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  7. oh my this looks so amazing. we love greek salad and this is a little differant than i make it that is a forsure winner in our home, no doubt. thanks for this.

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  8. We are putting this on our weekend menu!

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  9. We love greek salad too and yours is so beautiful .. .and the pictures are just wonderful. Thank you Ellen. . .pass the greek salad please.

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  10. I love all of the fresh ingredients in this salad! Yum! So healthy. I would love to take this on a picnic.

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  11. Now that is a very yummy looking Greek salad...such great colours!

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  12. Ellen, this looks yummy. I will certainly give this a try this week--I love all of the ingredients, so I'm certain it will be delish!
    I'm gonna copy it RIGHT NOW!

    Dana

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  13. Ellen, thanks so much for stopping by my blog! THIS blog is amazing.. the recipes are absolutely mouth-watering, and the pics and instruction are great. I'm bookmarking it NOW...

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