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Greek Village Salad {Cookbook Review and Giveaway}

Greek Village Salad

To say that I am obsessed with Greek food would be a total understatement. At least twice a month, if we are getting take out it is usually from one of our local family-owned Greek restaurants. I am in love with the flavors of the Mediterranean (if you can’t tell by the recipes I post), and Greek cuisine is high up on the list of food I love.

Greek Village Salad

Today I am sharing with you a recipe from a beautiful cookbook I received recently, It’s All Greek to Me by Debbie Matenopoulos. When I opened up this book I could tell right away how authentic it was, and I was excited to read through it (am I the only one who likes to read cookbooks before they cook from them?). When I looked through this book, it wasn’t just the beautiful and traditional recipes that caught my eye, it was also all of the gorgeous photos capturing the Greek culture that reminds me so much of my own Italian heritage – full of love, food and living life well. The underlying focus of this cookbook is not only delicious Greek recipes, but including and enjoying whole, natural ingredients as those in the Mediterranean part of our world do effortlessly as part of their lifestyle.

I love it. (and I love this Greek Village Salad too…the first of many recipes I want to try from this book.)

Greek Village Salad

It’s All Greek to Me is broken into several sections including Appetizers, Basic Sauces, Salads, Main Dishes (seafood, meat and vegetarian) and of course Sweets. Sprinkled in between these chapters are stunning photos of Greece, it’s markets and people. If you are a lover of Greek food and culture like I am, you will enjoy this cookbook!

Greek Village Salad

Let’s talk about this salad. This Greek Village Salad is a perfect example of using good Greek eating. This bowl is filled with crunchy vegetables, tangy feta, olives and is simply dressed with lemon, olive oil and crushed oregano (tip I learned from this book: crush the dried oregano in your hand before adding to your dish to release the flavor). I could pretty much eat this bowl of goodness every single day. To make this a complete add some grilled chicken, fish or beans to it and enjoy all spring and summer long.

{Be sure to enter the giveaway for your own copy of this cookbook below!}

Print Recipe

Greek Village Salad (Horiatki Salata)

Yield: SERVES 4 TO 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 seedless English cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • 4 to 5 large ripe tomatoes, sliced into wedges
  • 1 large red onion, sliced
  • 1 large green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 cup Kalamata olives, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 pound brine-packed Greek feta cheese, drained and sliced lengthwise
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained (optional)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 lemon)
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges, to serve with salad
  • Sea salt (optional)

Directions:

  1. Toss the cucumber, tomatoes, onion, bell pepper, and olives together in a large salad bowl and top with the slices of feta. Crush the oregano in your hand to release its fragrant essential oils, then sprinkle over the salad along with capers (if using). Drizzle the lemon juice over the salad, then the olive oil. Set aside to marinate at room temperature for 20 minutes, or serve immediately with some lemon wedges alongside for added zest. The feta is quite salty, which usually eliminates the need for added salt. Give the salad a taste just before serving, and sprinkle a pinch of salt over the tomatoes and cucumbers, if desired.

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52 comments on “Greek Village Salad {Cookbook Review and Giveaway}”

  1. This salad looks like absolute perfection! Greek salads are delicious. I love making homemade hummus too. My husband isn’t a big fan of Greek flavors, but I”m trying to convert him 🙂

  2. Would love a copy of this cookbook. Can’t wait to make this salad! !!

  3. Homemade hummus is in constant production in my house!

  4. I love greek pasta….penne or linguini with artichokes in olive oil, capers, kalamata olives, sundried tomato, topped with olive oil, feta, lemon zest and a squeeze of lemon. Sometimes will add grape tomatoes or whatever else is around. Easy peasy and always tasty!

  5. Greek salad and tzatziki on lamb. Love Greek food and hope I win this nice cookbook.

  6. I love Moussaka. I’ve never made it myself but love it in a good Greek restaurant.

  7. I love greek food and reading cookbooks! Love a good greek salad, hummus, and my dad’s moussaka. Love it all but no Greek restaurants near where I live now 🙁

  8. My favorite Greek food to order is tzatziki. This Greek salad recipe just went on my menu for next week, YUM!

  9. My favorite is moussaka. Thanks for the chance to win a wonderful looking cookbook.

  10. This WILL be tonights dinner!!!!!! Looks amazing!!

  11. Beautiful pictures..love greek cuisine!

  12. Greek salad for sure!

  13. I can’t wait to make this salad. It looks delicious! Greek cuisine is definately my favorite…

  14. I love Grilled Lamb chops with couscous and for dessert Baklava.

  15. Yum! Greek salads are awesome. There is a stand at a market I go to that has really good Grerk salads. Will be trying this recipe!

  16. Greek is my favorite food. I worked at an excellent Greek restaurant in Portland (The Alexis) and it was wonderful to eat Greek food every day. I miss that. I also miss the restaurant since we are over an hour away now.

  17. I love tzatziki sauce and the salads. Thanks for the giveaway.

  18. I love Greek food! Found a great one in Portland for my birthday last year! http://emilitsa.com/

  19. I love Greek food. hummus is what is always available at home.

  20. That’s exactly how I make my Greek salads. So good. And now I want one!!

  21. I love to order a fantastic hummus plate when eating out!

  22. Grilled lamb pops that have been marinated in fig vinegar, olive oil, and oregano are a favorite in my house…served with tzatziki, grilled pita, and a Greek salad.

  23. Its been 10 years since I tried my first moussaka and I am still in love with the one pot dish!

  24. Next to Italian food, Greek food is one of my favorites. I love the fresh, clean and crisp flavors. This looks like a great cookbook to add to my bookshelf! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  25. i love to order avgolemono soup.

  26. I love hummus with warm pita bread

  27. I love pastitsio and Avgolemono soup….I’d eat both every day if I could. And, yes, I also read cookbooks…cover to cover in some cases! Can’t wait to try this salad. Looks delicious!

  28. This looks like a delicious salad!!!

  29. I LOVE Greek salads! They are especially good with pita bread. I love them because they have so many yummy things you can put in them- Kalamata olives, cucumber, feta cheese, etc… Sooooo good!!

  30. We love all things Greek! olives, feta, hummus, pita & Greek yogurt…

  31. baba ganoush!!

  32. I love baklava and moussaka!

  33. I love Greek salad (although I can’t eat cucumbers) and many other Greek recipes. In fact, I am reading a Greek cookbook from the library right now. Would love to see more vegetarian Greek recipes.

  34. That’s one nice looking Greek salad!

  35. Hummus, love Greek food

  36. I love spanakopita!

  37. I love Greek food and tonight picked up ingredients to make a Greek inspired tuna dish. When I order out I like to get Moussaka.

  38. LOVE Greek salads! Love this recipe as it’s SO simple!

  39. Oh, yes. I’d love to load my plate with this beauty! Looks like a great book, too!

  40. I grew up in a neighborhood with many Greek families. I especially love baked chicken over potatoes seasoned with lemon, olive oil, thyme, and rosemary with Greek salad on the side. Oh, and lots of “pita sauce” as it’s called around here.

  41. My brother lived in Greece for a few years and we all love Greek food since. A good Greek salad is my favorite. He loves Pastitio (kind of like Greek lasagna) and we make it for him every year for Greek independence day. This book sounds awesome!

  42. A dear friend of mine, her mom was a caterer and her specialty was Greek food. She made moussaka and I haven’t had one like it since she passed away. That is my favorite.

  43. I love Greek food so much. I Neff to check out this cookbook for sure!!

  44. Greek salads are one of my favorites. This is on my menu plan this week!

  45. I’m a carb-o-holic, so I love pita and hummus. I could make a meal out of it!

  46. I love Greek salads and so many types of cookies

  47. Tzatziki and pita!!

  48. A gyro on warm pita bread with extra tzaziki. Yum!

  49. I am not Greek, but I think I must have been Mediterranean in a previous life! This is one of my absolute favorite salads….and now I have a great recipe to use to make it at home!

  50. love the addition of the chick peas to this salad!

  51. I’ve actually never tired making any Greek food at home, but if I did I’d try to make Moussaka.