Sometimes I feel like writing out a recipe for a green salad is like cheating. I mean all you do is toss some things in a bowl and you are done. Not much of a recipe, right? Well, I tend to agree with that 100%. Yet here I am writing out a recipe for something that I am sure anybody with zero culinary skill could put together. So, why. Well, because I make these darn things and sometimes just sometimes, people like ideas. It just might be a simple salad or a sandwich, but it's the idea. And with the tzatziki, it is a delicious idea!
Note: The cucumber really needs to drain to get all the liquid out before making the tzatziki dressing. I do this by placing in a colander set over a bowl for about 1/2 hour. I don't add this time to the preparation because it is inactive. However, it is good to know.
Greek salad goes great with grilled fish. It is probably my favourite side dish in the summer. Today, however, this salad was my lunch all on it's own. With the tzatziki on the side, it just didn't disappoint.
Tzatziki has a great tangy flavour. Traditionally it is used as a dip for meats, vegetables and breads. I don't know who or when it started becoming a feature in salads, but it works great. Tzatziki doesn’t really have a pouring consistency, so you will have to spoon it over your salad.
Greek Salad with Tzatziki Dressing
Serves 4 / Prep time: 15 minutes / Cook time: None
For the salad:
3 Cups/300 grams baby leaf lettuce
1/2 Pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1 Cup/135 grams pitted black olives
1 Cup/100 grams feta cheese cut into cubes
1/2 Red onion, halved and thinly sliced
For the Tzatziki:
2 Cups/480 grams Greek yoghurt
1 Large cucumber, peeled and diced
3 Garlic cloves, crushed
Juice of one lemon
Two tablespoons of chopped dill
1 Teaspoon sea salt
2 Tablespoons olive oil
Combine all the ingredients for the tzatziki in a food processor and mix on high until it is blended well. Transfer to a serving dish, cover and refrigerate for about an hour.
Toss together all the salad ingredients and serve the tzatziki on the side.
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