Classic Greek Salad

A simple Greek salad makes for a perfect summer lunch, appetizer, or – on a particularly hot day – even a wonderful main course. Best of all, the majority of the ingredients can be found at farmers markets right here in Connecticut; arugula, heirloom tomatoes of any variety, cucumbers, and sweet peppers are all staples of our state’s agricultural bounty.

By / Photography By Corey Lynn Tucker | July 10, 2017

Preparation

Set aside ¼ cup of olive oil for the pita bread. Place all remaining dressing ingredients in a blender and blend until fully emulsified. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Brush pita bread loaves with olive oil and toast them on a grill. (This can also be done in an oven or toaster oven.) Cut each toasted loaf in half and then into wedges. You should be able to get 8 wedges from each loaf.

Toss arugula with ⅓ of the salad dressing. Arrange salad ingredients, including pita bread, on plates as desired. Remaining dressing can be drizzled over the arranged salad.

Ingredients

Salad
  • 5 cups baby arugula
  • 2 large pita bread loaves
  • 2 cups tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cups cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • 2 cups Kalamata olives, pitted
  • 2 cups red bell pepper, cut into small pieces (for a twist, substitute pickled sweet peppers!)
  • 12 dolmades (grape leaves filled with rice; these can often be found in a grocery store's international aisle)
  • 8-12 slices Greek feta cheese
Dressing
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 cups Greek extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 whole shallots, peeled and quartered
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano
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