Cooking My Trip Part One: Greek Salad

July 28, 2005 | By | COMMENTS

As promised, here is my attempt at an authentic Greek salad based on the two I ate while in Greece. I had some help because I bought a cookbook while there: “The Best Traditional Recipes of Greek Cooking.” There are two recipes for Greek salad in there but they’re both essentially the same. The only real executive decision I needed to make was how to cut the vegetables. I’m actually very happy with my choices: (you can click the pic to enlarge)


Impressed, aren’t you? Come on: I’m a know-nothing gourmet and I made that salad. Huzzah!

So let’s talk about what makes it great:

- no lettuce! If you want an authentic Greek salad (as corroborated by one of the commenters in my Greece post) there’s no lettuce. So throw your lettuce out, man. It’s not worth it.

- What you do need is quite simple (and cheap!): tomatoes, cucumber, red onion and green peppers. These you can cut however you want but look how I did it: the green pepper in large chunks (which gives them a greater presence), the tomatoes in wedges, cucumbers in slices (that are peeled) and onions in big chunks too. I put all those vegetables into a bowl and tossed with olive oil and a splash of vinegar. Then I sprinkled oregano over it with some salt and pepper. Layered on a plate and topped with two big chunks of feta and a smattering of olives.

Let’s compare to the sources:



Not to brag but I think mine looks just as good if not better! Well except for the herb-flecked feta in the second one. And I see now that I cut the peppers differently than the Greeks but I stand by my choice. Hope you all try this out some day!

Categories: Recipes, Salads

  • Jess

    Mmm. I have been thinking about Greek salads all week because of you. That looks so good. What kind of vinegar did you use?

  • tara

    I was recently at a restaurant, and asked them about their Greek salad. Sadly, I was told that it did in fact have lettuce, but NO cucumbers or onion! I think (I saw someone else’s order) carrots may have been involved. I wanted to weep :) Your salad, by contrast, looks absolutely perfect and terribly tasty. Good job! Now I’m craving salty cheese at 10:00 a.m.

  • Samantha

    Hey Adam,

    You know, Penzeys has a great Greek seasoning (… makes a perfect greek salad dressing.

  • Jason

    Do you offer delivery? I’m ready to place my order right now!!!

  • Paz

    Hi Everyone! Adam, I’m enjoying your food blog on your trip. Your salad does look good and tasty! Impressive!


  • TikiPundit

    Mmmm… cheese.

    Hadn’t really thought about it but during our time in Europe, only in the north was lettuce in salad.

    //hate carrots in salad

  • lol

    hi,your salad looks very taste,i have to cook a meal for college so i thought i would make moussaka with a little salad on the side,with little gem lettuce, strawberrys,kiwi, do you think this will work i wasnt sure what sort of lettuce you would use,thanks