As I mentioned in a previous post, I just started liking olives and now I must mention that I also just started liking feta cheese. So who knows what the cause of these cravings is; all I know is that I want some Greek salad; now.
One problem I have with making salads at home is that I always feel like they are never as good as the ones I get at restaurants. I'm not quite sure why this is, but I do have the sneaking suspicion that it might be because I never have as many ingredients on hand as they do at a restaurant so I always feel like my homemade salads are missing something. Either I don't have the right kind of cheese or the right kind of dressing or a big enough variety of fresh produce to use. It's always something. But not this time.
Since I just got back to school, today it was time to take a trip to the grocery store and since I knew exactly what I wanted for dinner tonight (i.e. greek salad) I picked up everything I would need. And for the first time, this salad was just as good as any greek salad I've had at a restaurant. The feta makes it rich and creamy while the fresh dill brightens up the flavor and the romaine and cucumbers provide a satisfying crunch.
1/4 bag of pre-chopped and washed romaine lettuce
1/3 of a large cucumber, washed, chopped and de-seeded (optional)
1/4 of a small red onion, very thinly sliced
4- 5 pitted kalamata olives, chopped
2- 3 sprigs fresh dill, chopped
about 1 tbsp feta cheese, crumbled
1 tbsp red wine vinaigrette (I used Trader Joe's brand)
* I also added some white beans marinated in harissa I got from the olive bar at Whole Foods
Make a bed of romaine in a large plate or bowl, add all ingredients on top, mix and enjoy.