Greek salad: revisiting the famous standard

So what about new design for the famous greek salad to experience this gourmet balance on a multi layer base.

I t is almost impossible to have spent a holiday in Greece without tasting the Greek salad. Juicy and tasty tomatoes, black olives, sweet red onions, cucumbers, origan, extra virgin olive oil and feta cheese… These are the simple and tasty ingredients of this must taste summer salad. All the ingredients mixed in a big bowl, take some bread, and lunch is ready.

Its simplicity is DNA of greek salad but can’t stand poor ingredients. Extra virgin olive oil is needed. If you can find cretan one, it’s even better as its unique frutiness and spiciness will enhance the whole result. Fresh tomatoes, of course, slowly ripen, day by day, in the omnipresent summer sun. That gives greek tomatoes their yummy fruity, nearly sweet flavour. Last but not least, feta cheese. For this, try to find an oak barrel fermented one, you won’t regret the few more euros spent… Black olives , cucumbers, oregano and sweet red onion will complete your basket. In Crete we also use to have this lunch with some “paximadi” rusk barley bread. Healthy and tasty, what more??.

greek salad revisited
Greek salad revisited. Multi layers of feta, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, olives and rusk bread

Trying to grab a slice of sweet onion, but, what a pity, i had already finished all the black olives…. ”

What more does it need was the question i had in my mind one day, while enjoying a greek salad

What more does it need was the question i had in my mind one day, while enjoying a greek salad. Then i realized that i was trying to collect on my fork a piece of that big tomato slice laying on my plate with some crumble of feta cheese, not forgetting to grab a slice of sweet onion. But, what a pity, i had already finished all the black olives…. Yes, they are right the famous Michelin star chefs. They think about recipes combining texture and flavours, balance of acidity, fat, crispness, smoothness,… So what about revisiting the famous greek salad to experience this gourmet balance. Instead of mixing all the ingredients in a big salad bowl, this will be a multi layer greek salad. Thanks to circle cookie cutters …

On a crispy base of rusk bread crumble (just crushed paximadi with one of two drops of water to melt all this), layering feta cheese, sweet onions, feta again, cucumbers and onions, each layer with a few frops of extra virgin olive oil and oregano, ending with sliced cherry tomatoes and pieces of black olives results in relooking this traditional summer greek salad in a kind of cake. So easy to eat, but not only. Experiencing all the ingredients together, in a simple fork stroke worth it. All this flavours exploding in mouth, all together, like a concentrate of greek summer …

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