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Thursday, 31 July 2008

Beat the heat with a Greek salad!

My kids are on their summer break, hence my lack of posting. The weather has been hot and humid - I have even fished out my shorts!

For lunch I made a little Greek salad, perfect for this kind of weather - no cooking involved. Greek salads seem to be popping up everywhere of late, this one is exactly like the one I had on my honeymoon in Zakynthos (Zante), many moons ago.

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Without the tuna

Greek Salad
Serves 2

1 cucumber
4-5 plum tomatoes
1 red onion
A handful of black olives
Feta cheese, cut into small pieces
1 can of tuna, optional
Extra virgin olive oil, good quality
Red wine vinegar
Oregano, fresh or dried
Salt and pepper to taste
Crusty French bread to mop up the juices

Peel the cucumber, slice in half lengthways and remove the seeds. Slice it up into bite sized pieces. Chop up the plum tomatoes and slice the red onion into thin rings. Mix together and place into 2 bowls.

Scatter the olives, feta and tuna (if using) over the tomatoes, cucumber and onion salad.

Measure 4 tablespoons of the olive oil into a small bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of the red wine vinegar, 1 teaspoon of fresh oregano (½ if using dried) and some salt and pepper to taste. Whisk together and pour over the salad.

Serve with crusty bread.

(Printable Recipe)

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This is going to go to an event called Beat the Heat, being hosted by A Southern Grace. the deadline is August 8th, so you still have a week to get your entries in.

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With the tuna and crusty bread

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Dragon said...

I had a greek salad tonight but it didn't look as good as yours. :)

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I love Greek salad that's for sure Nic. Great place to have a honeymoon:D

Jan said...

I could live off Greek salad! Looks lovely.

Deeba PAB said...

What a great salad Nic...I could do with a crust of bread & a bowlful right this very minute...YUM!!

Beth (jamandcream) said...

Yum - this is the main reason I usually go to Greece on holiday! Looks very refreshing indeed

Lore said...

Nothing beats a Greek salad on this kind of weather. Looks scrumptious and quite filling with tuna and crusty bread!

David Booker said...

It is so refreshing to see a Greek Salad with no lettuce - as it should be. I lived in Greece for several years never saw lettuce in anything. Great pics!

grace said...

thanks again for sending this my way--it's fabulous, but i'll take mine without the tuna. :)

Raquel said...

Yum!! Lovely looking salad, Nic! We love Greek salad here, but we usually serve ours on Romaine. Tuna might be an interesting addition! Much love - Raquel XO

LyB said...

That is beautiful Nic! I love tuna, I'd just omit the olive. :) You went to Greece on your honeymoon? Lucky you!

giz said...

Beeeeeaauuutiful salad - do you deliver?

Kajal@aapplemint said...

i love feta cheese, and hence always a fan of greek salad !

Anonymous said...

Greek salads offer the perfect combination of flavors, and are obviously best eaten in the summertime. Any salad "beats the heat" I suppose, but few satisfy like the Greek salad.

Susan Morris said...

What a lovely salad Nic...The addition of tuna maybe interesting.

browniegirl said...

Its the middle of winter and freezing here and now these gorgeous pix have me lusting after SALAD hehe!! I love greek salad!! :)

Anonymous said...

Gorgeously fresh and simple. This is perfect for the humid weather, I love a Greek salad in summer and the tuna just gives it an extra something. I can't bear to turn the oven on when it's hot.

Anonymous said...

Can't beat a Greek salad when the weather's hot. It's been way too long since I was there...

Anonymous said...


I love Greek Salad and it's easy yet looks great on the table when you have guests. I like to use Balsamic vinegar in mine.

I'm back from holidays and my family reunion. So, it's nice to make my rounds again. Great post and photos Nicisme!

Anonymous said...

Looks like a recipe with crisp and clean flavors. Can't say I've ever had a greek salad before. This looks like a classic.

Barbara said...

I love Greek salad. Great photo.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic pictures........ great for lunch!

Rosie said...

Oh yum what a perfect salad it looks so inviting I have brought my own spoon along to tuck in Nic *giggle*

It's great to be back and viewing your wonderful creations :)

Rosie x

Patricia Scarpin said...

One of my favorite salads, Nic - and good luck with the little ones! They have too much energy, if you'll ask me. ;)

Nic said...

Dragon - I bet it did, and tasted even better too!

Valli - it was the most wonderful place to go!

Jan - me too!

Deeba - well it's quick to make...

Beth - isn't it great there?

Lore - tuna makes it more filling!

David - wellcome! No, I didn't see any lettuce in anything either!

Grace - I'll look forward to the round-up!

Raquel - yes, give the tuna a go!

LyB - not Greece itself, but one of the Greek islands.

Giz - ha ha, you wish!!

Kate - I'm a feta fan too!

Cookinpanda - I agree about the perfect combination of flavours - yum!

Sue - thanks!

CollyWolly - you'll have to remember to make one when you get your summer!

Helen - me neither, I hate to turn the oven on in the heat.

Jack - I haven't been back in ages either...

Chuck - oooh, I must try balsamic in mine.
Lovely to see you back from your hols!!

Jude - welcome and thanks so much for the super comments!

Barbara - thanks so much!

Catering equipment - thanks so much for visiting and for the lovely comments!

Rosie - thanks and it's great to see you back in blog-land!

Patricia - ha ha, my 'little ones' are very stroppy teenagers!!!

Robin Sue said...

This is a heavenly salad for sure. Yes you must have the bread for mopping up those delicious juices!

Cannelle Et Vanille said...

oh... i just got back after an entire day of flying... this looks so refreshing that I could just jump into a pool of greek salad. delicious!

Dee said...

What gorgeous pictures! Yum :)

Maria♥ said...

I love greek salad and yours looks so delish!


Anonymous said...

Greek salad is my favorite salad, eventhough I'm not that much of a salad person normally. Yours looks so yummy and refreshing!

Anonymous said...

Mmmmmm - looks like a fantastic beat the heat recipe :)

Jeanne said...

Greek salad is one of my favourites :) Wish we had a little more heat to beat though...

Anonymous said...

Your salad is just beautiful... and I's like some for dinner, please. :-)

Ann said...

Beat the heat is RIGHT, woman! The high was 114 the other day...and it reached 116! UGH. So salad? Uh huh!!

Nic said...

Robin Sue - yes, you must have the bread, and lots of it!

Aran, Dee, Maria, Miri and Kristen - thank you all!!!

Jeanne - oh I wish it were warmer here, I want some sunshine!

Ann - thank you so much!

Ann - you poor thing, even though I would like it hotter here, your temps are unbearable! Thank goodness for AC eh?

Tulip said...

I love Greek salad...and what a great place for a honeymoon....I spent mine on Rhodes

Anonymous said...

This is on the dinner menu tonight. I make my own rendition, but can't wait to try this one. I could eat it all year long!

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