The official recipe for this “Big Greek Salad” can be found here. I took out a couple of ingredients, added in one, and modified the directions just a touch to tailor it to my family’s tastes.
I served it with Turkey-and-Rice Stuffed Peppers and they were a great match! A delicious, gorgeous meal…
If you want to make the Stuffed Peppers click here to read about it and get a combined shopping list for the salad and the peppers!
Simply add 2 TBSP red wine vinegar, 1 TBSP lemon juice, 1/2 tsp dried oregano, and 1/4 tsp each kosher salt and pepper to a LARGE bowl. Pour in 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil slowly while whisking and it’s done!
Before giving that salad a toss add in 1/2 cup crumbled Feta cheese (or 1/4 cup if you’re halving the recipe!) This was my addition to the salad to get an extra helping of Feta into our meal! Give the salad a toss and it’s done… YUM!
The official recipe I started with does NOT cook the red onion and it includes both caperberries and Peppadew peppers in the salad. I actually LOVE raw red onion but, along with my husband, I do NOT love the taste that stays in my mouth for hours after eating them. Thus, I sauteed them a bit to take off that bite. I’ve also read you can plunge them into ice cold water for a bit after chopping to take their edge off. I haven’t tried it yet but I’ll let you know if it works if I do! I have never had a caperberry but I have had Peppadew peppers and REALLY like them. These omissions were simply to save money as I didn’t see them as necessary in making this salad “Greek”. I saved at least $5 on two ingredients I probably won’t use again and it was still a wonderful salad!
Assuming you have salt, pepper, and olive oil in your pantry stock… the cost per person for 6 servings is just $1.74 per person!
I was able to do this by buying Roma Tomatoes instead of Cherry Tomatoes (saved $2), omitting Peppadew peppers and Caperberries (saved $5, at least), and I bought the kalamata olives in from the deli section instead of from a jar… you scoop just as much as you need (saved $2-3). Saving $9 made all the difference as it would have almost DOUBLED the cost of each serving. I’m happy to have made these exceptions!
Here’s a close-up of the Greek Salad on the serving plate…
Happy Economical Eating! ~Jenna