Rose's Greek Salad
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The tomatoes at my local market looked luscious this past weekend, so I decided to whip up a quick and easy Greek salad.

My recipe was adapted from Jamie Oliver's on page 238 of his fabulous cookbook Jamie Oliver's Food Escapes which is available for purchase further along. 

Oliver's recipes never disappoint me. I am fond of the way he creates a meal in the simplest way.
The only ingredient I didn't have on hand was dill (darn). And I substituted the red wine vinegar for balsamic vinegar (since my red wine vinegar contained sulfites). 
I decided to measure out what a "handful" equals in cups and I made the dressing in a separate small bowl just in case I had any leftover salad.
Well, I didn't have any leftover - it was just too tasty.

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Jamie Oliver's Greek Salad recipe on pg. 238
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Greek Salad

Serves: 3 | Prep: 13 mins | Total: 15 mins

1 beefsteak tomato
1 small ripe tomato
3/4 cup cherry tomatoes
1/2 English cucumber
3/4 large red onion
1 green pepper
1/3 - 1/2 cup mint leaves (and dill, if you have it) and save some for garnish
1/2 cup (about 15) black olives (stoned)
200 g (about 1-1/3 cup) feta cheese (crumbled)
Optional garnish: mint leaves and/or dill on top
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar
3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil (good quality)
1 tsp. dried oregano
pinch sea salt
Wash tomatoes and slice them as desired. Jamie Oliver recommends slicing them in a variety of shapes (wedges, wheels, and halves for the cherry tomatoes).
In a large bowl, add tomatoes slices, wedges, and halves. Thinly slice your red onion (I always find these are large, so I use 1/2 - 3/4 of one) and add to tomatoes.
Wash cucumber and green pepper. Peel cucumber if desired, slice and add to tomatoes and onions. Cut green pepper in half, remove seeds, slice into thin rings and add to salad. Wash and chop mint (and dill, if you have it) leaving a few leaves of each for a garnish and add the rest to the salad.
With clean hands, squeeze the olives over the entire salad and then drop them in - the juice from the olive helps to season everything. Toss the salad well and crumble the feta cheese over the top. (Jamie keeps the feta in a block, but I find it easier to eat if it's crumbled). 
For my intro photo, I kept some feta in a block - like Jamie Oliver did.
In a small bowl, combine dressing ingredients. Either serve it on the side (for guests to add themselves) or pour it over the salad and toss. Garnish with mint and/or dill.

Need to Remove the Olive Pits Fast?

Here are two tried-and-true methods:

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Already 5-Star rated, I love this cookbook. Jamie Oliver has a knack for explaining how best to approach any recipe and make it as flavourful as possible. He stresses fresh ingredients and proper timing. Every meal I've prepared has been simple and fast. I highly recommend this cookbook. You'll never get bored from the choices he's put together.