week 1: my big fat greek salad

Aaaand…after another long hiatus from the blog, I’m back. Mostly because I could not wait to share this ah-mazingly delicious salad. The recipe comes from my old pal over at Madaket Home (def check out her wonderful blog).

{ thanks mack for the pic! yours was much prettier than mine! }

This past Friday BW and I were looking for something a little different to cook at the house. This salad set the mood for the entire meal. We served it alongside hummus and gyros – which were also so delicious that I had to share that recipe too! – and it certainly rivaled one of our favorite Mediterranean restaurants here in town….at least that’s what BW said!

{ my big fat greek salad }

  • 1/4 red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 heaping teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 pint of grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 hot house cucumber, seeded and sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 5 ounces of good feta, cubed

Combine vinegar, lemon juice, salt, pepper, oregano and olive oil in a mason jar. Shake until the ingredients have come together and then set aside. Combine tomatoes, cucumber, onion and feta. Toss with dressing and refrigerate for several hours to let the flavors meld. And in the meantime…whip up these delicious gyros!

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{ gyro burger pitas }

  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 pound lean ground lamb
  • 1/2 onion, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried savory
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • dash of cumin

Preheat grill to medium high heat and oil grate lightly with olive oil. In a large bowl combine beef, lamb, onion, garlic, bread crumbs, savory, allspice, coriander, salt, pepper and cumin. Knead with hands until all of the ingredients are well combined. Form into 4 thin patties. Cook patties on the grill for 5-7 minutes on each side until cooked through. Serve on pitas (we wrapped ours in aluminum foil and warmed them on the grill) with tzatziki sauce and greek salad and enjoy!

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One thought on “week 1: my big fat greek salad

  1. Cannot wait for you two to cook for us at the new lake
    house! All your recipes sound mouth-watering good! I
    enjoy your blog, Elizabeth, as it lets me get to know my
    future daughter-in-law and the many things that you like
    and interest you. Love you! Nancy

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