Greek salad is one of the most famous salads out there. Unlike the Greek salads weâ??re used to here in South Africa, a traditional Greek salad does not include lettuce! The ingredients of a traditional Greek salad are fresh, healthy, tasty … and, yes, slimming as well.

Make the most of the last few weeks of summer â?? always the best time for salads. So read on to find out how to make a delicious â?? and slimming â?? traditional Greek salad.

Ingredients for a traditional Greek salad

  • Two tomatoes

  • Half an English cucumber

  • Half a red onion

  • Eight to ten black olives

  • One teaspoon capers (optional)

  • One teaspoon fresh or half a teaspoon dried origano

  • Salt and black pepper

  • One to two tablespoons olive oil

Method

  • Cube the feta cheese

  • Chop the tomatoes into largish pieces

  • Slice the cucumber thinly and cut the rounds into halves

  • Cut the onion (preferably a red one) into thin slices

  • Take a large open glass salad bowl and add the tomatoes, cucumber, onion, and feta cheese.  Mix well.

  • Add olives and capers (optional).

  • Chop the fresh origano and sprinkle this over your Greek salad.  If you don’t have fresh origano, dried will do.

  • Add salt and black pepper to taste

  • Drizzle with plenty of olive oil and mix it in with the Greek salad. This will keep it deliciously moist and flavourful.

Tips when enjoying a traditional Greek salad

  • Both the feta cheese and the olives are very high in salt content.  It may well be unnecessary to add any salt at all.

  • In some areas, a traditional Greek salad is served on top of a scoop of Greek potato salad.

  • A traditional Greek salad and a slice or two of fresh, home-made bread, make a healthy and substantial meal.

  • If there is some olive oil left over at the bottom of your salad bowl, grab a chunk of bread and swish it around in the oil â?? delicious!

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