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Traditional Greek Salad

Greek Salad

With our little girl well on her way, my husband and I aren’t able to take our yearly trip to Greece to visit his family. As the humid days pass I find myself yearning for all things Greek, the people, the language, the water, the FOOD…

Fortunately, I’m lucky to live in Astoria, Queens where you can get authentic Greek food on almost every avenue and I’ve been taking advantage of it big time, practicing my Greek with the cooks and ordering all my favorites, gigantes (large white beans), Bamies (okra in tomato sauce) and Yemista (stuffed tomatoes and peppers).

But I’ve been making my absolute favorite, the Greek salad at home because it’s more cost effective and because its something that calms me to make. Traditionally, Greek salads don’t have lettuce, they consist of four main ingredients, tomatoes, cucumbers, kalamata olives and feta cheese. The fresher these ingredients are the better the salad will taste. This dish is refreshing to say the least and is the perfect addition to any summer dinner or lunch.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I have been. 🙂

Traditional Greek Salad

Serves 4
  • 2 large tomatoes cut into large cubes
  • 1 large cucumber sliced
  • 1/2 large white onion, sliced
  • 1/4 pound feta
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted
  • Olive oil
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Dried Oregano
  • Salt & Pepper

Add all the ingredients together in a medium size bowl and enjoy!

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5 Minute Spicy Sweet Potato Hash

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Oh how I love summer. All the fresh and light ingredients that give you all the energy you need to tackle a hot day. I’ve been meaning to make a sweet potato hash for a while now and today I had a sweet potato and some random ingredients in the fridge so I created this spicy colorful variation that only takes 5 minutes to make.

If you don’t like spice you can always just omit the cayenne pepper. Don’t worry, it will still taste amazing. So get creating, what are you waiting for?!!

5 Minute Spicy Sweet Potato Hash

serves 1
  • 1 sweet potato, cut into even cubes
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper, ground
  • salt & pepper
  • 8 red onion slices, leave rounded
  • 1/4 cup zucchini, cut into cubes
  • The corn off of one cob
  • 1/2 an avocado, cut into cubs
  • olive oil and cooking oil (sesame, grape seed, or coconut)

Place a medium size skillet on medium high heat. Add cooking oil (I used grape seed oil), sweet potatoes, cayenne, salt and pepper. Cook for 2 minutes, toss and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Once the 4 minutes is up and the sweet potatoes are slightly brown, add the onion, zucchini and corn. Toss and cook for 1 more minute. Transfer to a bowl, top with avocado and some olive oil. Enjoy!