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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Greek Salad

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Just because summer is over doesn't mean you have to stop eating light, refreshing food. You know what I mean, salads, sorbets, sandwiches, ice cream, etc. Especially during those 80 degree fall days. Who wants to eat chili then?

Okay, so some states (or countries, wherever you live) don't have as fickle of a fall as Indiana does. For example, in Indiana, it could be gray, windy, and cold one day, then sunny and beautiful the next. Sometimes, we even have hot weather on Halloween! It just depends on how crazy our weather's been that year. ;) And this year it's been pretty crazy.

So you can see why I'm not ready to start bringing in the fall food (stews, soups, roasts). Well, except for pumpkin and apple. But you really can't go wrong with those flavors anytime of year. ;)

Every once in a while, okay make that at least three times a week, I want salad. Crisp, refreshing salad.  This recipe is perfect for that last crop of tomatoes in your garden. Store bought are good, too, but garden tomatoes take this salad to a whole new level. If you can't get fresh, Costco has these really good tomatoes called Capris or something like that.

I'm also not going to list specific amounts for this recipe, because it really depends on your preferences. Do you like lots of tomatoes? Or not very many at all? Not a fan of balsamic vinegar? Use just red wine. Just play with the recipe and find out what you like best.

For the salad:
  • crisp lettuce (I used romaine)
  • tomatoes, chopped
  • cucumbers, diced
  • onion, diced
  • green pepper, diced
  • feta or goat cheese (optional, but highly recommended)
  • chicken or chickpeas (optional)
For the dressing:
  • olive oil (If you have basil olive oil, use it!)
  • red wine vinegar
  • balsamic vinegar
  • Italian seasoning
1. Toss all the ingredients for the salad together, except the cheese.
2. Sprinkle the cheese on top.
3. Drizzle olive oil and vinegar over the salad. For this part, there is no right or wrong answer. If you don't like acidic salad dressing, add more olive oil and less vinegar. Top with Italian seasoning and chicken or chickpeas if you're using them.
4. Toss all the ingredients and enjoy!

Inquiry of the Day:

What's fall like where you live?

Cold? Rainy? Humid? Sunny? Hot? Or a combination?


  1. It's spring where I am, but the weather is definitely crazy!
    I am looking forward to eating salads more often, and drinking green smoothies again - I just can't bring myself to drink them in winter!
    Also, I assume you're talking about red wine vinegar instead of balsamic vinegar? In the post, you only mentioned the red wine part ;)

    1. Neither can I! I love green smoothies in the summer, but I don't drink them very often in the winter.
      Ah, yes. Sorry about that!


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