Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Greek Week Day 2: Tomato Salad

When I was planning the menu for this week I thought I would make the Summer Salad (Kalokerini Salata). But then I realized that it was very similar to the Greek Salad I posted here. Right down to the lack of lettuce. So I was all set to make it anyway, somewhat half-heartedly, but then I looked at the recipe below the Summer Salad. It was for a Tomato Salad, Domatosalata. And it was mighty refreshing.

I happen to have some fresh oregano growing in my garden and it added a beautiful herby flavor to the juicy tomatoes and crunchy onions. I didn't let the salad marinate for an hour because we were hungry and I'd spent the majority of the afternoon dealing with the latest tantrum of Wilma the Knee. Wilma the Knee is starting to be a real downer. So even without the time spent letting the flavors mingle this is a light and excellent salad. I will be making it again when my tomatoes ripen in the garden. Or really whenever it's a hot muggy day like today and I want a salad.

Incidentally, The Complete Book of Greek Cooking, states that "olive oil is used as a dressing on both vegetables and salad green. It is combined with either lemon or vinegar. Fresh herbs, mainly dill, mint, and oregano, are often used in salads and dressings." See? This book not only has fabulous recipes, it also provides an insight into traditional Greek cooking.

Tomato Salad (Domatosalata)
Straight from The Complete Book of Greek Cooking (because I'm learning about Greek food and I'm not quite at the stage where I'll be experimenting with it yet.)

2 medium onions
1 Tbsp salt
5 to 6 tomatoes
2 tsp torn fresh oregano leaves
1/4 cup olive oil
salt to taste

Cut onions in half and slice thin lengthwise. Sprinkle slices with 1 Tbsp salt, cover with cold water, and soak for 5 minutes. Drain.

Cut tomatoes into small pieces. Add onion slices, oregano, olive oil and salt. Toss lightly. Let salad marinate at least 1 hour before serving.


Mrs. White said...

Since I (amazingly) have both oregano and tomatoes home-growing in my backyard, I'm definitely saving this recipe for two days or so from now when the tomatoes have finally gotten ripe enough to pick. And I can't wait, because it looks delicious. On behalf of a huge fan of Greek cooking who's a bit of a dummy in the kitchen, thanks for sharing all these recipes!

Peter M said...

Mary, this simple combo always satisfies.

Bellini Valli said...

I think I had a Greek salad of one kind or another almost every day when I was there:D

Deborah said...

oooh, I have onions, tomatoes, and oregano growing in the garden. Now if only they'd ripen!!