Thursday, July 7, 2011
During law school, I spent a summer abroad studying law in Athens, Greece. Having spent a lot of time traveling all over the Middle East prior to starting law school, Athens was a real shock. But after the summer was over, I had come to really love Athens and Greece.
One of the biggest surprises in Athens was the food. The food I ate in Greece was very different that the American-Greek food I'd had in the United States. For example, what we call a "gyro", the Greeks call souvlaki and it's either pork or chicken -- not lamb. In fact, I ate more pork in Greece than I have ever eaten!
Likewise, a salad in Greece does not have any lettuce in it. I can remember dying to get back to the States to have some lettuce! Greece, like most of the Mediterranean, has incredibly delicious produce. I am not a fan of tomatoes, but I couldn't get enough in Greece. Now that summer is upon us and we can get decent produce, Greek salads are a great addition to any meal. Add some tzatiki with french fries and a frappe, and you'll really feel Greek!
Horiatiki Salad (Greek Salad)
1 cucumber, seeded and diced in to cubes
2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
Black or Kalamata olives
Salt and Pepper
Mix all the vegetables in a bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle olive oil over the salad and stir gently.