Sunday, May 16, 2010
Martha Stewart's Greek Salad
***If you haven't noticed, I love Greek flavors and cuisine. Feta cheese...kalamata olives...cucumber...cherry tomatoes...Mmm, mmm good! This salad has all of the above! I can always count on Martha Stewart's cookbook, Great Food Fast when I need a flavorful, but quick & easy weeknight dinner. This salad fit the bill perfectly.
It includes a recipe for Seasoned Flatbread, however, I did not have the ingredients for this side item the night that I whipped up this salad. I served mine with a baguette and dipping sauce (grapeseed oil + seasonings). It tasted fantastic together!
Good, quality ingredients are key to this salad. Make sure to purchase high-quality feta cheese and olives. You can also add additional ingredients if you like...Pepperoncini and shredded greek chicken come to mind! Just keep it fairly simple.
For the Flatbread:
2 pieces lavash (or large pita bread, split in half)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Coarse salt & freshly ground pepper
For the Salad:
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon minced garlic
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 head of romaine lettuce, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1 1/2 cups crumbled feta cheese (8 oz)
1/2 medium red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 large cucumber, peeled, halved and thinly sliced
1/2 cup kalamata olives, pitted
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Place the lavash on top. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, lemon zest and garlic. Brush the mixture evenly over the lavash, sprinkle with oregano. Season with salt and pepper. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes, or until crisp and golden brown. Break into large pieces.
In a large bowl, whisk the oil with the vinegar and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Add the remaining ingredients and toss.
Serve salad with the seasoned flatbread.
Source: Great Food Fast by Martha Stewart