Greek Salad, Improvised!

Greek Salad - my take :)

Greek Salad – my take πŸ™‚

While the world trips on quinoa and chia and gluten free and muesli and sunflower seeds and what not, I stare at my pantry and realise I am yet to go there and do that. So, whats stopping me?

The availability? Naah.. big huge supermarkets in one of the biggest cosmopolitan city of India, can’t make that excuse!

Recipes? I am a food blogger!! I have blogger friends dishing out super food made with super ingredients and fantastic recipes.. for God’s sake, I can’t run with that either!

Sigh.. so what is it. Friends, I am just lazy. Terribly lazy and the fact that I think I get enough nutrition from what we eat on a regular basis is a huge hindrance to my foray into this new health food world.

Walnuts for that extra crunch

Walnuts for that extra crunch

I plan to change all that. Buying a small pack is all that it’ll take to throw me into the bandwagon and then I know I will be hooked for a long time to come.
But for now that can wait, because with the most basic ingredients available in any kitchen I made a fairly popular though simple robust tasty salad. The recipe is so straight that I could have easily tweeted or instagrammed it, but no. This needs to be chronologized. It deserves a post. πŸ™‚

Vinaigrette

Vinaigrette

Greek salad is a very rustic summer salad made with tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, a bit of feta and some kalamata olives. Dressing is of vinegar-olive oil seasoned with salt, pepper and oregano. Now this is a basic Greek salad formula. What I did, I improvised it, added some more weight to it.. πŸ˜‰

The vinaigrette was spiced and flavoured with minced green chilies and coriander leaves. Feta was replaced by regular paneer or cottage cheese. Broken bits of walnut added the much required crunch and yes.. that’s pretty much it.

my instagram upload

my instagram upload

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup diced cucumbers
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes, take firm red ripe ones
  • 1/4 cup diced onions
  • Few lettuce leaves
  • Whole pitted olives – as many as you like or skip it altogether
  • 1/4 cup crumbled paneer or cottage cheese or feta
  • 2 tbsp of broken walnut or pine nuts or almonds or peanuts

For the Spicy Vinaigrette –

  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • a pinch of sugar
  • 1 green chill minced
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves minced

Method

To make the dressing – mix all the ingredients of the vinaigrette and whisk thoroughly. Keep aside. In a big salad bowl, take all your vegetables, except the nuts. Mix. Pour the dressing over it. Gently mix. Refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

When ready to serve, top with toasted nuts.

Goodness in a bowl

Goodness in a bowl

Note: You can skip/avoid any ingredient you don’t like. I did that to olives. Yeh.. not a big olive fan!

Note: Feta is creamier and softer, but our very Indian Malai paneer proves to be a good match to it. Try it.

Note: Use green chilies according to its level of heat and your own discretion

Of forks, ladles and spoons...

Of forks, ladles and spoons…

The very lovely Angie has been hosting a virtual potluck bloggers party and in spite of being invited long back, I am attending the festivities now! This post is being linked to Angie’s Fiesta Friday #23.

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33 thoughts on “Greek Salad, Improvised!

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  2. I so love Greek salad. I’m not sure about losing the feta as it’s one of the things I save the yummy taste of feta for, but maybe I’ll try it. We make paneer, so it’s worth a try.

    • We don’t get feta as easily in my part of the world, and when you do, it is ridiculously expensive! So I substituted. But if its abundant in your area… add it along, don’t skip it πŸ™‚

  3. Hi Namrata, so nice to discover your blog this week through FF! I am glad I am co-hosting, so I was looking through all the recipes! I love everything about this salad, I am an absolute fan of Greek salad, I make it very often, but the dressing for this one sounds really delicious! Thanks for bringing this along to the Fiesta and hope you had lots of fun partying with us! πŸ˜‰

    • Hey Sylvia, thank you for stopping by and leaving such wonderful words! I wanted to join this virtual potluck party for a long long time, but just didn’t get around to do so. But i am happy I did.. its never too late I guess! I hope to contribute to all the wonderful Friday Fiestas henceforth. Thank you again.

  4. You can never go wrong with a Greek Salad, looks delicious I love the use of nuts as I have not seen that in the typical recipes…and yes don’t worry I am behind on the health-food stuff…I prefer to stick with what I am comfortable πŸ™‚

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