About a year ago, I somehow came across old episodes of the Naked Chef on YouTube, and I was hooked. Jamie Oliver’s energy was absolutely unparalleled and he was like a walking exclamation point. His recipes, also, are awesome. This greek salad, which he calls “gorgeous greek salad,” is the perfect refreshing and crunchy summer salad. It’s healthy, uses only the simplest ingredients, and when the herbs and feta crumble into the dressing, it’s perfect.
I really recommend trying to find a nice piece of fresh feta (packed in liquid) for any greek salad. I found mine at Whole Foods, and it really makes this salad ten times better. Fresh mint (my new favorite summer herb) also takes this to the next level. So if you’re in the mood for some healthy crunch and haven’t had a good greek salad in a while, this recipe will be perfect.
Summer Greek Salad
Adapted slightly from Jamie Oliver
4 tomatoes, on the vine
1 green pepper
6 or more kalamata olives
1 red onion, peeled
extra virgin olive oil
freshly ground black pepper
red wine vinegar
200 g feta cheese
1 few sprigs of fresh oregano (I used dried oregano)
1 small bunch of fresh mint
Wash cucumber and then thinly slice into rounds. Roughly chop the tomatoes, deseed and thinly slice the pepper lengthways and add to a big bowl.
Take the pits out of the olives (if they are still in there) add them to the bowl. Thinly slice the red onion (you can also slice with a mandoline if you have one), then add to the bowl along with a good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, a good pinch of black pepper and a splash of red wine vinegar.
Toss everything together, then add a good squeeze of lemon juice. Break the feta in half and place on top, add some oregano, drizzle over a little more extra virgin olive oil and shred some mint leaves over the top of the salad.
Adjust seasoning if you need to – I added a slight bit more red wine vinegar at the end and it was great.