A salad is more about composing beauty and balancing interesting flavors than following a recipe. Sometimes the best salads are born of inspiration and availability.
A Festive Christmas Greek Salad
- Romaine and spinach, washed and torn
- firm red apple, chopped in bite-sized pieces
- dried cranberries
- crispy walnuts
- feta cheese
- (I’m thinking chopped red onion would be a great accompaniment, although not for the weak of heart)
I figured out a great way to tweak my homemade Italian dressing and make it Greek, and if the jar hadn’t fallen out of the van when we arrived at my in-laws’ house for Christmas dinner, it would have been just perfect. Luckily I had tried the dressing the day before, so I knew I had a winner to repeat for the next week’s get-together.
(In case you’re wondering, I was giving my in-laws salad dressing as part of their gift – I’m weird like that – so I adjusted their Italian to get a little closer to the Greek style and served it that way.)
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- 2 Tbs. red wine vinegar
- 1 squirt Dijon mustard
- ½ c. extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
- ½-1 tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. pepper
- ½ tsp. oregano
- ¼ tsp. marjoram
- 1 clove crushed garlic
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- Mix in order with a whisk.
- Serve with Feta cheese over salad greens.
- Can keep at room temperature.
- (The feta makes it definitively Greek. If you were serving all the dressing at once or within a day or two, you could add the feta to the oil and refrigerate. I wanted shelf stability, so the feta went into the salad itself.
For a Festive Holiday Salad:
Romaine and spinach, washed and torn
Firm red apple, chopped in bite-sized pieces
(I’m thinking chopped red onion would be a great accompaniment, although not for the weak of heart)
Top with Greek Dressing
I am excited to find some new salad ideas over at Naturally Knocked Up, where Donielle is hosting the third course of the progressive dinner Whole Foods for the Holidays. (I hosted last week with appetizers.) We’ve been going through her spicy homemade dressing (the first link) like crazy at our house – it’s delicious!
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Get more salad dressing recipes:
- Homemade Caesar Dressing
- Creamy Garlic Dressing
- Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing
- Homemade Italian Dressing
- Ranch Dressing or Dip
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