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Ina Garten’s Greek Salad is a Classic Dinner Recipe For a Reason

You’ve probably made more than your fair share of meal-sized salads over the years, but leave it to Ina Garten to perfect the craft of salad-making. That’s right: forget everything you thought you knew about whipping up a classic Mediterranean salad and recreate this must-try Greek variation from The Barefoot Contessa.

Crunchy cucumbers, ripe tomatoes, plump olives and creamy feta cheese pair beautifully with Ina’s mouth-watering homemade vinaigrette made up of garlic, Dijon mustard, oregano, olive oil and red wine vinegar. We guarantee you’ll make this simple show-stopper on repeat. Bon appetit!

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Ina Garten’s Greek Salad

Total Time: 50 minutes
Yields: 6 servings

Ingredients:
1 hothouse cucumber, unpeeled, seeded, and sliced 1/4-inch thick
1 red bell pepper, large-diced
1 yellow bell pepper, large-diced
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 red onion, sliced in half-rounds
1/2 lb feta cheese, 1/2-inch diced (not crumbled)
1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted

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For the vinaigrette:
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 cup good red wine vinegar
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup good olive oil

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Directions:

1. Place the cucumber, peppers, tomatoes and red onion in a large bowl.

2. For the vinaigrette, whisk together the garlic, oregano, mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Still whisking, slowly add the olive oil to make an emulsion. Pour the vinaigrette over the vegetables. Add the feta and olives and toss lightly. Set aside for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to blend. Serve at room temperature.

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Quick and Easy Greek Pita Pizzas

These bright, flavourful and healthy Greek-inspired pita pizzas are a great meatless meal. Whole wheat pitas are topped with a zippy whipped feta made with Greek yogurt, and a refreshing cucumber-tomato salad.

The perfect size for a light lunch or dinner, these healthy pizza rounds could also be served as a tasty appetizer; instead of making individual pizzas, serve the whipped feta topped with cucumber salad in a bowl for dipping. There’s no wrong way to enjoy this fresh bite!

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:
Pitas:
4 whole-wheat pitas
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

Whipped Feta:
4 oz. feta, roughly crumbled
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
2 tsp lemon juice or white wine

Tomato Cucumber Salad:
1 English cucumber, diced
2 roma or plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 tsp red wine vinegar
1/4 tsp chili flakes
1/4 tsp salt

Serving:
1 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano
2 Tbsp toasted pine nuts or chopped toasted walnuts

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Directions:

Cucumber Salad:
Toss all Tomato Cucumber Salad ingredients in a large bowl. Set aside.

Whipped Feta:
1. Add feta, yogurt and lemon juice (or wine) to a food processor or high-speed blender. Puree until smooth and creamy.
2. Transfer to a bowl, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Pitas:
1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
2. Place pitas on a large baking sheet. Brush with olive oil.
3. Bake in oven for 10 minutes, until crispy.

Assembly:
1. Spread each pita with a thick layer of whipped feta and top with cucumber salad, pine nuts or walnuts and oregano.
2. Slice into wedges and serve immediately.

Guy and Hunter’s European Vacation: How to Eat Like a Grecian

This week, Guy Fieri and his son Hunter began their month-long journey across Europe, kicking things off in Athens, on a quest to find the best gyro. If you haven’t already watched the episode, you can watch it online here.

Gyro is a popular Greek dish made of  pork, beef or chicken cooked on a vertical rotisserie and wrapped in a flatbread with fries, tomato, onion and tzatziki sauce. It’s Greece’s own version of the much loved donair or shawarma.

The island of Crete, 400 kilometers south of Athens was Guy & Hunter’s next stop, where the two hopped on a boat to do some fishing. The father-son team were just in time for lobster season, so they had plenty of crustaceans to bring back for a big dinner with new friends. The two were surprised to learn that lobsters are as popular in the Mediterranean as they are North America. Tasty crustaceans are versatile and can be added to a soup or bisque, baked in a roll or steamed whole and then dipped in butter. Yum!

Finally, Hunter wrapped up his old-world culinary experience in Greece by milking sheep on the hillside of Malaxa. Sheep milk is used to produce a wide range of cheese, and the most popular in Crete is graviera.  It’s a hard cheese with a mild, semi-sweet taste, perfect for sprinkling over pasta or served in slices as an appetizer. Kasseri cheese is another cheese popular among locals best used in sandwiches or pies.

Take a trip to the Mediterranean just like Guy and Hunter and eat like a Grecian with this inspired menu.

Appetizers:
Minted Watermelon and Feta Salad

Smyrna Tomatoes

Greek Orzo and Grilled Shrimp Salad

Greek Taverna Sandwiches with Garlic Feta Cheese Tzatziki

Main Dishes:
Butterflied Lobster Tails with Garlic-Lemon Butter

Oregano-Crusted Lamb

Grilled Veal Chops with Gnocchi and Kasseri Cheese

Michael Smith’s Greek Chicken

Desserts:

Loukoumades and Coffee

Chuck Hughes’ Classic Greek Baklava 

Semolina Cake

Watch all new episodes of Guy & Hunter’s European Vacation Thursdays at 10:30 E/P. Catch up on episodes online.

Greek Waffle Nachos with Spiced Lamb

This downright comforting dish combines crispy waffle fries tossed in oregano and lemon juice, piled high with gyro spiced lamb, tzatziki, tomatoes, onions, kalamata olives and feta cheese. It’s a Greek food lover’s dream made at home.

If you don’t have a spit to cook real gyro at home (and I’m assuming most of us don’t), a skillet works fine here. The ground lamb is browned with tons of spices and garlic to really give you all the flavours that come from gyro, but with none of the hassle. My only tip is to serve this hot and with lemon wedges. Squeeze the lemon over top of the lamb and fries. It gives this dish a nice brightness. Enjoy!

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 4

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Ingredients:

For the tzatziki:
½ English cucumber
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 clove garlic, minced finely
1 Tbsp chopped dill
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 pinches of salt

For the gyro spiced lamb:
1 lb (454 g) ground fatty lamb
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme
¼ tsp coriander
¼ tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper

For the waffle fries:
1 package (22 oz or 623 g) frozen waffle fries, baked or fried as per package instructions
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
½ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp salt

Diced tomatoes
Sliced red onions
Crumbled feta cheese
Torn kalamata olives
Chopped dill
Lemon wedges

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Directions:

For the tzatziki:
1. Peel and cut the cucumber in half, length wise.
2. Using a spoon, scrape out the seeds of the cucumber and discard. Then grate the cucumber on the large hole of a box grater.
3. Place the grated cucumber in clean tea towel and sprinkle with a few pinches of salt. Allow the cucumber to sit and release its water.
4. After 10 minutes, pull the corners of the tea towel together and wring out as much of the water as possible.
5. Place the cucumber in a bowl and combine with the yogurt, garlic, dill, lemon juice and two pinches of salt.
6. Set aside in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

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For the gyro spiced lamb:
1. In a large skillet over medium heat, start to brown the ground lamb while breaking it up. It will begin to release its fat.
2. After 1-2 minutes, mix in the garlic, oregano, thyme, coriander, cumin, salt and pepper.
3. Continue to brown the lamb for another 7-8 minutes until cooked through.
4. Drain off most of the excess fat from the lamb.

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For the waffle fries and plating:
1. As soon as the waffle fries come out of the oven or fryer, toss with lemon juice, oregano and salt in a large bowl.
2. Transfer the fries onto the serving dish. I used a skillet because I thought it was cool.
3. Top the fries with dollops of tzatziki. Pile the lamb on top and garnish with as much or as little diced tomatoes, sliced onions, crumbled feta, torn kalamata olives and chopped dill as desired.
4. Serve immediately with lemon wedges! Enjoy!

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100x100_Danielle-Oron Danielle is a chef, bakery owner, and food blogger who thinks she’s Korean, but is actually Israeli. Also, Danielle does not eat like a lady.