Sometimes a big bowl of refreshing salad is all you'll need for dinner. But again, if you live with a guy like mine who says salads are for sissies..things are different. So in our household we do salads on the side usually along with soup or pasta.
One of the easiest and tastiest salads to prepare is a simple Greek salad. Lettuce, tomatoes, olives, cucumbers, peppers, red onions dressed up with some EVOO and feta cheese is all that needs to be done. Simple. Ain't it?
This time though I changed things a little bit. Instead of just raw peppers in the salad, I decided to crisp them up in the oven and then add to the salad.
Chop up about 1 green and 1 yellow pepper. Red peppers would be perfect too if you can add them.
Toss the chopped veggies with some olive oil and spread on a baking sheet and bake in a pre heated oven at 350F for about 5-7 mins or until you see the veggies turn a little tender. Set aside and let it cool to room temperature.
Meanwhile, chop up lettuce, tomatoes and the small persian cucumbers if you can find those. Throw in everything into a big mixing bowl.
I found some fresh oil drenched olives at Henry's. These were the super salty types. So a little went a long way.
Roughly chop up the olives and make sure there are no seeds. Throw in with the lettuce, tomato mix. Sprinkle a little salt (remember the olives are salty too, so don't sprinkle too much), and grind some fresh black pepper in here.
Circle cut red onions and add a few pieces in here.
Next, add the cooled and toasted peppers in with the rest of the salad ingredients.
Finally add about 1/2 cup of fresh crumbled feta cheese. And then add about 1-2 tsps of extra virgin olive oil to blend it all together. Toss well and serve! Done!
Serve fresh salad and enjoy a healthy meal with your family. I served it along with some store bought veggie bread slices dipped in marinara sauce.
Say a big "Opa" and dance and eat your salad. Its all good and feels good!
Enjoy. Peace out.