Friday, June 15, 2012

Tastes of Summer + Have a Great Summer Weekend!

Hello, everyone! It's good to be back! Gosh, how I've missed you all!

So, now that the bounty of summer fruits and vegetables begin to appear almost everywhere-in fields, in farmer's markets, and even in your grocery stores, it is a good time to think about salad recipes, inspired by the Mediterranean, where vegetable is an important part of cooking.
In this time of year, what could be better than a salad which glows with the warm and seductive tastes of the Mediterranean? What a better way to celebrate the beginning of Summer than by enjoying a delicious, colourful, and refreshing salad.
For those of us with little inclination and even less time to spend in the kitchen, here is the authentic Greek tomato salad recipe. (The famous Horiatiki Salata, "rustic" salad. Pronounced haw-ree-ah-tee-kee sah-lah-tah.)  
For this simple but remarkably satisfying Greek summer salad, you need just a few good quality ingredients. I really love this salad...
it makes a summer meal just by itself. Try it out. It is really refreshing, healthy, and easy to prepare.

You'll need:
2 ripe tomatoes, cut into wedges.
1 red onion, separated into rings.
1 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced.
1 medium cucumber, sliced.
1 teaspoon dried oregano.
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil.
8 ounces Feta cheese.
1/4 teaspoon sea salt.
Handful Greek black olives.
Cut tomatoes into wedges. Combine the vegetables in a salad bowl, put the Feta cheese on top, sprinkle with dried oregano. Sprinkle olives and sea salt over salad. Pour olive oil over the top, (more if you like to dip bread, less if not).
Eat immediately. Note: Do not put the salad in the fridge. (When you put salads with onions in the fridge, the entire salad ends up smelling like onions.)
Serves 4.

Tips:
*Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes the vegetables.
*If the tomato skin is tough, peel the tomatoes before making the salad.
*Freshly made crusty bread is also a must!




This is the vegetable season, so we should make the most of them. Don't you think?

Have an awesome weekend, and Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there! xx

P.S. Well, tomatoes everybody (almost) thinks it is a vegetable, but it's really a fruit.

P.P.S. Did you know that tomato juice has been the official beverage of Ohio since 1965? :)

74 comments:

Sandra said...

this looks wonderful in the photos and delish to eat. i was in the store yesterday and the cucumbers were 1.99 each, peppers were 1.69 did not look at tomatoes, so unless we have a garden, these dishes cost as much as a steak. and i live in FL where they grow all these things. but the stores buy from Costa Rico and Mexico and ours veggies rot in the fields because they can't sell them. OOPS sorry about he soap box

✿ chica said...

Maravilhosa e fresca salada!!Ótima pedida! beijos,lindo fim de semana!chica

Teresa Coltrin/Journaling Woman said...

I don't like cooking at all, but I love EATING. And I'm going to make this wonderful salad the next time I have my family over (July 4).

Have a great weekend!!

T

Betty Manousos said...

i'm sorry to hear about your veggies, sandra. what a shame...as far as i know there are farmers in california who grow tomatoes too; stores should buy from ca as well.

Bitch said...

Just right in time.. this salad is like a complete meal and healthy as heaven..
I don't like the onions.. but this is an opinion..

Here in Greece all the tourists prefer the Greek salad over a steak..

Enjoy your weekend, dear Betty!!

Ellie said...

Mmmm Ilove a good salad and this looks like a GOOD salad :))
Have a great weekend.
Nice to see you back!!!!

....Petty Witter said...

Good to have you back, I've missed you. Minus the olives and with the addition of some freshly made crusty breads this sounds yummy.

Have a great weekend Betty. x

Mari-Pi-R said...

Buen regreso, me alegro de volver a pasar por tu espacio y recoger estas recetas tan sanas y sabrosa.
Una feliz semana

Robert Nicolaescu said...

Wonderful post! I like tomatoes very much. Have a nice weekend!

Anonymous said...

I love love love bread dipping!!!
Thank you for sharing that delicious Greek salad;)
Have a great weekend!

AmyLK said...

I can't wait for the veggies to come out! Gonna make your salad for my boys.

My little town has a story about Robert Gibbon Johnson standing on the courthouse steps eating a tomato to prove that it wasn't poisonous. This was in the 1600's of course. Glad he proved it so I can eat them without having to worry about dying! lol

Kelly said...

Oh Betty, you totally won me over with this post!!! It all looks DELICIOUS!!! (minus the cucumbers, please) We have tomatoes on the vine, but they haven't ripened yet. Counting the days!

So nice to see you posting again. :)

rainfield61 said...

The tomatoes look great in the pictures.

It lures my appetite.

Lynn said...

I wish I had some of that salad right now! We're having tacos from the Korean Taco place for lunch - I ordered the Fried Green Tomato taco. :)

And this makes me dream of tomato sandwiches. My coworker brings in "home grown" tomatoes every year. Looking forward to that.

Rui Pires - Olhar d'Ouro said...

Olá Betty,

Gosto muito de saladas e essa tem um aspecto maravilhoso e delicioso também!
bom fim de semana.
Beijos!

TexWisGirl said...

i have appreciated your visits, but glad to see you post again! :)

Lois Evensen said...

No, I didn't know tomato juice has been the official beverage of Ohio since 1965 and I have lived in Ohio all of my life. :)

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Your photography and narrative are so good - I've never salivated over veggies like this before. Thanks, Betty, for the delectable pictures.

xoRobyn

Ángel said...

Que gran reportaje!!!!, no se si me gustan más las fotografías o ese plato con aspecto tan delicioso

Un abrazo

ΑΘΗΝΑ said...

I like our salad and I eat salad every day!Also I like summer fruits such as melon and watermenlon.Have a nice weekend!

Anaximandro said...

Vaya ensalada apetitosa que has preparado. Bien por la comida saludable.
Un abrazo.

Tekeros said...

Qlxchange Ha detto: interessante

Sandy said...

Greek salad is one of my favorites.

El rincón de Ceditas said...

Que ensalada ams apetecible, con esas fotos tan coloridas, me encantan.. Un día de estos prepararé un gazpacho y lo fotografio para que lo veas.
Un abrazo y buen fin de semana

Fer said...

Vaya colorido muy fresco y típico para el verano. Buenas fotos, un saludo...

Sylvia K said...

So good to see you back in the blog world, Betty! Thanks for the recipe! It sounds like a terrific salad! I'm going to try it this weekend! So glad you had time with a good friend -- no better way to spend it! Hope you have another good one! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Pedro Luis López Pérez said...

I love salad and this presentation is fabulous.Hummm! Now comes the summer we're going to put the boots.
A hug.

Linda said...

Very nice to have you back! This looks like the perfect salad - I am going to print this out when I get home and put it in my file!

Ms. A said...

Your photos make it look summery delicious, even if I don't do raw onions, or bell peppers! LOL!

Great shots, Betty! You know I'm impressed.

cloudia charters said...

Food porn, LOL!


You made me hungry



Have a GREAT Weekend!

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dianne said...

A wonderful salad recipe and images to delight us dear Laura ... it is a favourite of mine, I love salads, I sometimes add some slices of fresh fennel as well.
Have a wonderful weekend, hugs!
xoxoxo ♡

SandyCarlson said...

These are some wonderful photos!

Chatty Crone said...

Those tomatoes are gorgeous!!! And so do the other photos and the salad itself. sandie

La sonrisa de Hiperión said...

Comida made in cocina mediterránea...

Saludos y buen fin de semana.

It's me said...

Like your post......yammie ...have a nice weekend...love Ria...xxx..

Nancy Claeys said...

Looks very yummy and great way to use up some garden veggies. :)

Leovi said...

Wonderful photos I like the tomato salad, delicious.
Un abrazo.

Giga said...

Lubię grecką sałatkę. Od czasu jak ją pierwszy raz zjadłam w Grecji, często w domu robię. Twoje zdjęcia są bardzo "smakowite".*** Nie szkodzi, że napisałaś Gica, a nie Giga . Pozdrawiam.
I like the Greek salad. From the time I ate it for the first time in Greece, often at home I do. Your pictures are very "tasty". *** Never mind that you wrote Gica, not Giga. Yours.

anilkurup said...

Wonderfully colourful pics . Tomatoes look great and the pics of the salad leaves one longing.
The big step is the little effort to make it

Crafty Green Poet said...

That looks delicious, I really like tomatoes!

teca said...

What a delight in the form of photos! :)
Have a good weekend.
Warm hug.

Cezar and Léia said...

Hey, great news!Welcome back!
Hmmm looks delicious indeed, I'm taking my notes here.Your pictures are wonderful, makes me hungry.
hugs and a great weekend,
Léia

Tina´s PicStory said...

the best for a hot day like today :) great shots! have a great week! :)

eileeninmd said...

Betty, looks like a delicious salad. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Hope you have a happy weekend.

Bob Bushell said...

I'm off to kitchen, right now, scrumptious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

This is just the sort of salad I adore!

ladyfi said...

Luscious shots of tomatoes! They used to be called the fruit of love, I believe.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Betty, That salad looks awesome. I can't wait to get some home-grown Tennessee tomatoes up here. They are SO delicious.

Have a nice weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy

George said...

This is a great-looking salad. I agree it makes a perfect summer meal, especially with freshly baked bread.

Diane AZ said...

Thank you for the Greek summer salad recipe, your pictures are mouthwatering! This salad will be the perfect way to enjoy some of the tomatoes from our garden. :)

michael said...

Wow, mmmmmmm...i looove this! looks so delicious to eat!
Wonderful photos!

Nevine Sultan said...

OH, yummy! That salad looks scrumptious, Betty!!! And it's so good to have you back, though I've been out of the loop myself for a bit. But back to the salad... delicious looking! And your photos are just awesome! So much color and so much life.

I do so hope you're enjoying a beautiful weekend.

Big hugs,
Nevine

Deb Crecelius said...

Oh, yummy...
summer fruits and veggies are so bountiful in Indiana.
[where I live]
Gotta take advantage of that and eat!

Robert Geiss said...

Yes. Living in a village, certainly a joy for the senses. Never taken pictures of food, thank you for these wonderful inspirations. Please have a good Sunday.

wenn said...

wow..I love tomatoes!

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

I am feeling healthy already ...

CameraCruise said...

Beautiful photos, the salad looks so delicious.
Love greek food.
Hope you're having a great weekend.

:.tossan® said...

Hum!!!! Me deu fome! Belíssimas imagens e receita. Saludos

bluecottonmemory said...

Delicious!!! Summer = tomatoes - and I will love trying this! Your photos made me hungry!

Happy Father's Day!

ashok said...

how delightful!

Debbie said...

this looks so fresh and yummy!! thanks for sharing!!

imac said...

What a fruity post filled with a mouthwatering dish.

Now posting Scottish Isles holiday.

darla said...

sounds delicious! i just might have to try that! yum

Eden said...

Beautifully photos. The salad looks so yummy.

Shilpa said...

That’s so simple and delicious salad! So yummy tomatoes and it’s a best treat for summers... Love to take them a lot.

Lovely pictures on the salad and Tomatoes!

ANRAFERA said...

Excellent salad Betty, volume good account of her to realize it in all that it could, comes very well for this summer epoch. Nice photographies, which you us have exposed. An embrace and happy week. Ramon

Pat Tillett said...

Great photos! I want, no I NEED that salad right now. Very hot where we are camped. It sounds like a perfect lunch...

Hilary said...

Oh my that looks just delicious.. drool!

Ozlem's Turkish Table said...

What wonderful photos and a delicious post, so glad to find your blog!

Farida of In Love With Sunflower said...

In my part of the world, summer has just ended. Happy summer!

Misty Dawn said...

Outstanding photos! I am now officially hungry. I LOVE tomatoes!

Emm said...

I hope you had a fabulous break! This post i absolutely delicious!

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