Greek-ish Salad

A super hearty Greek-ish Salad with homemade Feta CheeseGreek-ish.  Yup.  Why? Because I wanted to make Greek Salads to use some of our amazing homemade feta which just keeps getting more and more delicious as it ages, but I didn’t have any cucumbers and for some reason I decided that walnuts would also be delicious and add the necessary crunch.  But when’s the last time you ever saw a Greek Salad with toasted walnuts?  Right. Never.  I go back to my previous statement:  Greek-ish.A super hearty Greek-ish Salad with homemade Feta CheeseDid I mention how freakin’ amazing our homemade feta is?  Seriously. It’s a lot of work but I cannot even begin to say how incredibly worth it it is.  It’s at it’s 4th and supposedly final week, and it has certainly hit it’s prime. I couldn’t stop just eating it on it’s own. If you’re going to make some of your own cheese, feta is the cheese to make!A super hearty Greek-ish Salad with homemade Feta CheeseAnyway, back to the salad… First I did a light toast of the walnuts.A super hearty Greek-ish Salad with homemade Feta CheeseThen, a thin slice of half of a red onion…A super hearty Greek-ish Salad with homemade Feta Cheese…a slice of some olive bar black olives…A super hearty Greek-ish Salad with homemade Feta Cheese…and then I halved some grape tomatoes and tossed them on some freshly washed red leaf lettuce.A super hearty Greek-ish Salad with homemade Feta CheeseWith the walnuts and olives thrown in the party, we’re on to the best part.  The crumbling of the feta on top.A super hearty Greek-ish Salad with homemade Feta CheeseAw yea.A super hearty Greek-ish Salad with homemade Feta CheeseTo finish it off, a super simple lemon vinaigrette.  Fresh squeezed lemon juice, a really nice olive oil, salt and pepper. Bam. Simple.A super hearty Greek-ish Salad with homemade Feta CheesePoured on top of the beautiful bowl of deliciousness…A super hearty Greek-ish Salad with homemade Feta Cheese…then mixed…A super hearty Greek-ish Salad with homemade Feta Cheesewhoa…A super hearty Greek-ish Salad with homemade Feta CheeseSee how the feta just coats everything with the lemon vinaigrette dressing?  Yea, that’s the ticket.A super hearty Greek-ish Salad with homemade Feta CheeseHands down, the BEST salad I’ve ever made. The feta was so incredibly salty and creamy crumbly, the lemon vinaigrette added the perfect level of acid, and the seemingly totally out-of-place toasted walnuts added a nutty crunch.  This was supposed to be a side salad to some roasted chicken I had in the oven, but we elected to just eat this salad for dinner and didn’t even eat the chicken.  It was THAT good.

Greek-ish Salad
A hearty Greek like salad with homemade feta cheese
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Ingredients
  1. 1 head of red leaf lettuce, washed and ripped lettuce
  2. 1 pint of grape tomatoes, halved
  3. 1 cup of pitted black olives, sliced
  4. 1/2 red onion, sliced thin
  5. 3-4 oz of feta cheese
  6. 1/2 cup of toasted walnuts
Lemon Vinaigrette
  1. 1/4 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice
  2. 1/2 cup of good olive oil
  3. 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  4. 1/2 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. To make the vinaigrette whisk together the juice, oil, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Prep the vegetables and then combined in a large bowl.  Crumble feta on top.  Drizzle 1/2 of the vinaigrette on salad and mix well.  Add more vinaigrette for desired dressing level (we used just under 3/4 of the prepared amount).
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