This salad is known for the fact that is simple, healthy and can be served as a standalone plate if you like or…in combination. The most traditional Greek salad recipe, and the kind of Greek salad you will usually encounter in Greece, does not typically include lettuce, but is more a bowl of raw chunky vegetables with a little olive oil and lemon juice.
A classic, this salad relies heavily on the ripest and most aromatic tomatoes you can find. This is the salad that has become famous the world over. The right amount of salt is key to the success of the dish. This may be why Feta cheese seems to marry so well, with the tomato.
This salad can be eaten as a side dish or as a light meal when eaten with some fresh bread. Greek meals are traditionally eaten at room temperature, and this dish is no exception. The flavor of the tomato will be more fully enjoyed if it is not so cold. Do not forget to dip some bread into the oil and juice. It is a wonderful taste experience!
½ red onion
1 long cucumber
2 big soft red tomatoes
A big rectangular slab of Feta Cheese
Extra Virgin olive oil
Salt and Pepper
Lemon juice (if desired)
- Cut the tomatoes and cucumber in to chunks and transfer them in to a bowl.
- Cut the onion in to thin slices and transfer them in to the bowl.
- Add the Kalamata black olives and Greek feta cheese in to the bowl.
- In a separate small bowl mix in the olive oil, oregano, salt & pepper and lemon juice and mix.
- Now pour this olive oil dressing in to the salad bowl and mix to combine the salad.
- Serve with good crusty bread.
Health Benefits to Tomatoes and Olive Oil
Most people are, by now, aware of the health benefits of tomatoes, and olive oil. Olive oil is rich in Essential Fatty Acids which help to protect against prostate cancer and heart disease.
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which is also good in protecting the body against prostate cancer. Also, the combination of tomatoes and olive oil make the lycopene more bioavailable in protecting against prostate cancer, and also breast and intestinal cancer.