Greek Summer Salad

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Vegetables can be a struggle for me. I know, I run a healthy food blog — coming up with creative ways to use veggies and seasonal produce should be second nature to me, right?

Wrong. The vegetables we actually eat in my house are pretty repetitive. Brussels sprouts, sometimes with bacon. Kale. A salad. Sometimes chard, if my garden is going gangbusters. Zucchini on the grill, if my husband feels like taking that on. Asparagus.

I got sick of salads the other day and needed to find something new. A quick flip through my Gourmet cookbook was disappointing. Really? No vegetables section? But a more detailed look revealed that a lot of the “Salad” recipes were not just lettuce at all, but a variety of vegetables thrown in a bowl with dressing, which was exactly what I was looking for. 

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I’ve made Greek salad before (most notably a quinoa version and a zoodle version), but I love the summery feel of this version. It’s super simple, just cucumber, tomatoes, olives and a few other items dressed with olive oil and a little oregano and garnished with little salty nuggets of feta cheese. It’s a great counterpart to anything from the barbecue, light and fresh and cool, offsetting whatever rubs and spices you’ve thrown on those dry ribs. Or whatever.

Greek Summer Salad
Author: Kate Wutz
Prep time: 15 mins
Total time: 15 mins
Serves: 8
An easy, veggie-packed summer side that provides a cool, refreshing contrast to barbecued meat.
Ingredients
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halves
  • 1 small red pepper, cored, seeded, sliced
  • 1/2 seedless cucumber, halved and sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced very thinly
  • 1/3 cup pitted kalamata olives
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 ounces Greek feta, crumbled or cut into little cubes
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. So easy: just dump all of the veggies in a bowl, toss with salt, oregano, cheese and olive oil. Add pepper (and maybe more salt) to taste.
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