When we started planning the Greece portion of our trip, we also started to get really excited for all of the Mediterranean cuisine that we would be enjoying – especially all of the fresh fish and Greek Salad. But the funny thing about us being excited for Greek Salad is that neither one of us had ever had it before, the hubby doesn’t like cucumbers or raw onions, and I am not the biggest tomato in a salad person.
So you are probably wondering why we were excited about a salad that really doesn’t have anything that either one of us enjoys? And that is a really good question. Who knows why I was so excited about stuffing myself with Greek Salad, it was just one of those things that I knew would be insanely good. And not to toot my own horn, but typically when I get a feeling about something, my intuition is rarely off.
When we arrived on Santorini and talked with our concierge about Greek food, she laughed when we said that we wanted to eat Greek Salad right away. And then she asked us something really clever, “is there something called American Salad in America?” Well, no…point taken. She explained to us that Greek Salad isn’t called Greek Salad by the Greeks, it is more of a peasants dish and has a traditional Greek name. (Sadly we never found out the traditional name.)
1/2 Cucumber, peeled and quartered 1/4 Sweet Onion, thinly sliced 1 Large Tomato, chopped 4-6 Greek Olives 2 Thin Slices of Greek Feta Extra Virgin Olive Oil Salt to Taste Dried Oregano to Taste
So maybe it was a little silly that we were excited to eat Greek Salad, and maybe the salad was named so by tourists, but you know what? It was more delicious than we both could have imagined, and it immediately was put at the top of our make when we get home list.
Truth be told, aside from a Greek Salad, the hubby really wouldn’t order a salad with cucumber or raw onion in it, nor would I order a salad with raw tomatoes. But hey, when in Greece.