Traditional Santorini Greek Country Salad

The most traditional Greek salad recipe served at the Best Santorini hotels and restaurants, and the kind of Greek salad you will usually encounter in Greece, does not typically include lettuce, but is more a bowl of raw chunky vegetables with a little olive oil and lemon juice. The flavors just get better and you can store leftovers and use it sandwiches or pita pockets. The rich, zesty vinaigrette gets great authentic flavor from the fresh oregano, and is further enhanced by the fresh mint and parsley. Marinating the onion and cucumber slices in the vinaigrette helps tone down the raw onion in the salad.

Vinaigrette:

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice from 1 lemon

2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano leaves

1/2 teaspoon table salt

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 medium clove garlic , pressed through garlic press or minced (about 1 teaspoon)

6 tablespoons olive oil

Salad:

1/2 medium red onion, sliced thin (about 3/4 cup)

1 medium cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices (about 2 cups)

3 ripe tomatoes, cut into wedges

1 green bell pepper, sliced

1/4 cup loosely packed torn fresh parsley leaves

1/4 cup loosely packed torn fresh mint leaves

10 large kalamata olives, each olive pitted and quartered lengthwise

6 oz. Mt. Vikos® Feta Cheese, or best feta you can find

1 teaspoon dried Greek oregano

Olive oil for drizzle

  1. Whisk vinaigrette ingredients in large bowl until combined. Add onion and cucumber and toss; let stand to blend flavors, about 20 minutes.
  2. Add tomatoes, bell pepper, parsley and mint to bowl with onions and cucumbers; toss to coat with dressing.
  3. Transfer salad to wide, shallow serving bowl or platter; sprinkle olives and feta over salad. Drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with dried oregano. Serve immediately.
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