Once again spring is on my mind along with a craving for ripe, fresh tomatoes. I’m very fortunate that the entire family enjoys salads of almost every kind but face it, sometimes you can be overwhelmed by lettuce. The following is one of our all time favorites that does not include lettuce … It’s tangy and so refreshing, even the little kids enjoy it!

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Salata (Greek Salad)




Salata (Greek Salad) Recipe

You will need the following:

  • Large mixing bowl
  • 2 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp lemon salt (may substitute w/ sea salt)
  • 1/4 C dried mint leaves  (may substitute w/ spearmint)
  • 1/4 C chopped parsley
  • Juice of 1 med.to lg lemon (may substitute w/3 Tbsp lemon juice)
  • 3-4 medium to lg. tomatoes
  • 1 medium to lg. red onion
  • 1 lg cucumber or 2 medium

Directions:

Peel and dice cucumber into to tiny pieces.

Core and dice tomatoes into tiny pieces (I also peel my tomatoes but you don’t have to).

Peel and dice onion into tiny pieces.

When the above 3 are in the bowl, add the parsley, mint, salt, lemon juice and olive oil. Toss until well coated, place in salad bowl. may be eaten right away but is better if refrigerated and seasoning is allowed to set.

Serve on a small plate with pita bread.

Optional ingredients are:

  • Pitted Kalamati olives 
  • Feta cheese
  • Green bell pepper, peeled and chopped fine

The children like to make salata pita sandwiches, or at times use their pita bread as a spoon…this can be amusing and fun, as well as nutritious.

Clean up is simple and minimal … relax and enjoy!