Greek olive salad with herb vinaigrette

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Salad Dressing Recipes: Top 50 Most Delicious Homemade Salad DressingsFor this classic, deeply refreshing combination, choose tasty, pungent Kalamata olives and firm tomatoes, as well as an aromatic, strong extra-virgin olive oil for the vinaigrette.

  • Yield: 6 to 8 Servings


  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 small cucumbers, peeled
  • 2½ lb (1 kg) tomatoes
  • 1 red onion, peeled and trimmed
  • 2 green bell peppers, cored, seeded, and diced
  • 4½ oz (125 g) Kalamata or other Greek olives
  • 1 cup feta cheese, cut into cubes
For the dressing
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 5 sprigs of mint, leaves picked and finely chopped
  • 5 sprigs of oregano, leaves picked and finely chopped
  • 10 sprigs of parsley, leaves picked and finely chopped
How to Make It
  1. To make the vinaigrette, gradually whisk the oil into the vinegar so that the mixture emulsifies and thickens slightly. Add the herbs, whisk again, and season to taste.
  2. Cut each cucumber in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds with a teaspoon. Discard the seeds. Cut the cucumbers lengthwise into strips, then into ½ in (1 cm) slices.
  3. Core the tomatoes, cut each into 8 wedges, then cut each wedge in half. Slice the onion into very thin rings, then gently separate the concentric circles within each ring.
  4. Put the cucumbers, tomatoes, onion rings, and peppers in a large bowl. Briskly whisk the dressing and pour it over. Add the olives and feta, toss to coat, and season. Allow the flavors to mellow for about 30 minutes before serving.

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