Shaun’s Greek Salad

Greek Salad
You must have a Greek salad to finish a great Greek menu. There are hundreds of different versions of this recipe; this is my take on it. A Greek salad is perfect with the rich Moussaka. The freshness of the salad balances out the meal. The dressing is light and tart from the lemon and the garlic gives it a bite. The vegetables and cheese round it out. Greek salad is classic, fresh, tangy and crunchy. Give it a try with my Greek menu or on its own for a flavorful lunch or dinner.

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Shaun’s Greek Salad
. Greek salad is classic, fresh, tangy and crunchy. Give it a try with my Greek menu or on its own for a flavorful lunch or dinner.
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Salad
  1. 1 small head red leaf lettuce, torn into bite sized pieces and washed and spun dry.
  2. ½ cucumber, quartered and then diced.
  3. 1 bunch scallions, washed and minced
  4. 1½ cup diced cherry tomatoes
  5. 1 block of feta cheese, diced
  6. ¾ cup kalamata olives, chopped
  7. 2 stocks of mint, leaves torn
Dressing
  1. 6 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  3. 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  4. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  5. ½ small shallot, diced
  6. salt and pepper
For Dressing
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small jar and then shake, make in advance and then let sit at room temperature to allow the flavors to meld together.
For Salad
  1. In a large bowl combine all ingredients except lettuce. Toss until combined and add a light drizzle of the dressing and toss again. Add enough lettuce as you see fit (remember, most authentic Greek salads don’t even have lettuce — don’t go overboard). Toss with a little more dressing; you just want the salad to shimmer with a light amount. While tossing, try not to break up the feta, it looks better when it remains in a cube.
Notes
  1. For a nicer presentation, pour the salad out of the large bowl that you tossed it in and into a nice serving bowl or large platter. This way, the heavy objects like the cucumber, feta and olives that always seem to stay on the bottom of the bowl will now be on the top.
Shaun Myrick http://www.shaunmyrick.com/

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