If you’re looking for a bright, flavorful accompaniment to your meal, a Greek salad is the way to go. This traditional dish is made by combining chopped tomatoes and cucumbers with salt, olive oil, olives, and cheese for a blend of mouthwatering flavors and satisfying textures. But not every restaurant makes this dish with the same recipe, and their results often depend on how closely they follow these three steps.
Choose Quality Salad Ingredients
In a Greek salad, the quality of the ingredients can make or break the entire dish. Some recipes call for large tomatoes, but in many cases, larger tomato varieties are bland compared to their smaller cousins. Look for options that use ripe, flavorful tomatoes for the best results, and that accompany them with high-quality feta cheese.
Use the Correct Timing
When making a Greek salad, one of the first steps is to dice the tomatoes and cucumbers and combine them with salt. At this step in the preparation, the chef should pause and give the salad time to rest before adding any olive oil. The salt helps draw out the juices of the vegetables, creating a unique “dressing” that will add flavor to the entire dish—but if the oil is added too early, it will interfere with this process.
Choose Traditional Proportions
Many American variations on Greek salad call for the feta cheese to be crumbled over the whole dish. But in Greece, the salad is always served with one solid slice of cheese for each person. You may also be surprised to find that the salad is traditionally served with little if any shredded lettuce, ensuring that each bite maintains a strong flavor.
Greek salad is a dish with a long history, which means the traditional preparation has had a long time to be perfected. Look for a local restaurant that follows these steps, and you’ll find a delicious Greek salad.
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