Recipe: Garden Fresh Greek Salad
At this point in the summer, most runners are deep into training for their fall races. I myself am just about to kick off my training for a late fall half; a distance which I haven’t trained for and raced for over 6 years. As I gear up for my training, I try to continue to fuel myself properly using the abundant garden produce around me.
One of the biggest obstacles I come across while trying to eat what my body needs for training are summer cookouts. Typically, you’ll end up with the usual cookout spread: a fairly processed meat (hot dog, hamburger, bratwurst, etc.) on a bun paired with some heavy “salads” (potato salad, pasta salad), chips, and fresh fruit.
This recipe for Greek Salad provides another option for you to bring to a cookout that gives a much more fresh option compared with the normal sides. I’m not going to pretend like this is the ultimate in health food, but it does use garden vegetables and comes together just as quickly as the other options for side dishes!
This salad is very refreshing for a hot summer day- I often make it at home (pictured above is the salad served with homemade falafel and honey mint Greek yogurt), even when I’m not attending a summer cookout. Enjoy!
Garden Fresh Greek Salad
Time: 10 minutes
1 pint cherry tomatoes, or 2 regular tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, minced
¼ medium red onion, chopped
3 oz. feta cheese, cut into ½ in cubes
¼ cup sliced black olives
2.5 tbsp red wine vinegar
2.5 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp dried oregano
½ tsp kosher salt
¼ tsp black pepper
- Chop the cucumbers into ¼ slices (cut the cucumber in half lengthwise, then cut each half into half again lengthwise, then slice) and slice the cherry tomatoes in half (or, if using whole tomatoes, simply chop like normal).
- Place the cucumbers and tomatoes in a bowl with the red onion, black olives, and cubes of feta cheese.
- In a small bowl, whisk the red wine vinegar with salt, oregano, minced garlic, and black pepper. Slowly add the olive oil while constantly whisking until the dressing comes together.
- Pour the dressing onto the salad and lightly toss until combined. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes before serving.