This beautiful salad tastes as good as it looks! Although you don’t have to spend the time arranging the toppings as they are presented here, be sure to tuck this idea away for the next time you need to bring an attractive and delicious dish to a family gathering or potluck dinner.
¼ c. red wine vinegar
2 t. dried oregano
2. T. fresh basil, finely chopped
1 clove fresh garlic, peeled and finely minced
2 t. red onion, finely minced
1 T. Dijon mustard
½ c. extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste
2 large heads Romaine lettuce, washed, patted dry, and chopped into bite-sized pieces
4 oz. feta cheese, cut into small, uniformly sized pieces
8 oz can black olives, drained and roughly chopped
1 pint grape tomatoes, washed and cut in half lengthwise
1 large cucumber, peeled and sliced, then cut into quarters
¼ red onion, finely chopped
additional dried oregano.
Add red onion to a small glass bowl and barely cover with a mixture of equal parts water and red wine vinegar. Set aside.
In another small non-reactive bowl, combine vinegar, oregano, basil, garlic, red onion, and mustard. Slowly whisk in olive oil until the mixture is emulsified. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.
Add prepared Romaine lettuce to a large oval serving bowl. Starting in the center, add the feta cheese to form a row. On each side of the feta, add a row of chopped black olives. Then add two rows of sliced grape tomatoes on the other side of the black olives. Finish by filling in the far end with the sliced cucumbers.
Once all ingredients are in place, drain the red onions and gently pat dry. Then carefully arrange them in a thin row on either side of the feta cheese. You want to wait until the end to add the onion to give them time to soak and to prevent them from falling down between the larger toppings and getting lost.
If desired, sprinkle the top with additional dried oregano and serve immediately with Greek Dressing – or cover and place in the refrigerator for up to one day before serving.
To reduce the bite of raw red onion, soak it in a small bowl of water and vinegar for up to half an hour before using.