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.


  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!

  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!

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

  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!

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

  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
    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!

  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.

  8. We are putting this on our weekend menu!

  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.

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

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

  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!


  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...