Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A study of Greek salads

A little while ago, I did a post about the perfect (most authentic) Greek salad. During my recent sojourn in Greece, I took photos of all the Greek salads I had, so that I could show you the real thing. Keep in mind that these aren't homemade salads, but they're what you'll be served at a taverna or restaurant.

Salad served at a (non-touristy) restaurant - look how it's swimming in olive oil:


Tourist-trap salad - we know this because the cucumber isn't peeled:


Salad served at a neighbourhood taverna:


Salad served at a fancy taverna - notice the funky salad bowl, plus use of capers:


Salad at a traditional fish taverna - this is the one that looks the most like a homemade one, although they've skimped on the olive oil and herbs:


Finally, here's a variation: it's what I call a party salad, because you only get the feta cubed like that when the salad is served as part of a buffet. This one was served at a Greek restaurant in London - hence the cucumber isn't peeled and there's chopped parsley all over.


Next time I hope to show you some homemade varieties.

11 comments:

palmtreefanatic said...

wow! impressive!yummy!

Per Stromsjo said...

Those cubes are a characteristic feature of the salad versions I've come across over here.

Tinsie said...

@ Per: Let me guess, do they also use lettuce?

Gattina said...

We have a very nice greek Restaurant here in Waterloo, with the real Greek salad.
When I was in Athens two years ago I ordered greek salad and got it with MOZARELLA !!! I almost fell off my chair.

Tinsie said...

LOL! Are you sure you ordered Greek salad (and are you sure it was mozarella)? Mozarella is quite rare in Greece - and I have never *ever* seen it in Greek salad, although it's used in other fancy salads, like Chef's salad and the like.

ShadowFalcon said...

oh look at all that feta, yummy

Steffe said...

I love a Greek salad. Preferably they should be enjoyed on a Greek isle only meters from a beach, but I often make my own version at home.

Karen said...

I want the first one! That slab of feta is calling my name!

I have all the ingredients in my fridge right now...

What are the fries/chips called in Greece?

Tinsie said...

@ ShadowFalcon: You are reading my mind :-)

@ Steffe: I can enjoy them absolutely anywhere in Greece, and occasionally abroad. But I agree, island is best!

@ Karen: Are you making one today?

Fries aren't called anything special, just "fried potatoes" or in Greek, patates tiganites.

Jacob said...

Very, very interesting...and informative...but now you've made me hungry and I just finished eating!

Tinsie said...

Ooops! Sorry about that :-)