Some of my favorite recipes are those that rely on the little things. Take this version of Greek salad. First, you choose your ingredients carefully-for instance, ripe tomatoes (taut-skinned and unblemished), of course, but also perfect cucumbers (sweet, crisp ones with character; none that are watery or full of big old seeds). Then, have a bit of fun cutting them: using a very sharp knife (this will spare you mushy, ragged-edged tomatoes), cut them into different shapes of similar size, some with sharp angles. These and a few other small details-briefly chilling the tomatoes and cucumbers and quick-pickling the onions-turn a familiar collection of ingredients into a really special salad.
Recipe courtesy of April Bloomfield
Greek Salad
Total:
1 hr 10 min
Active:
20 min
Yield:
4 to 6 as a side
Level:
Easy
Total:
1 hr 10 min
Active:
20 min
Yield:
4 to 6 as a side
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

Directions

Put the cucumbers and tomatoes in separate bowls and pop them in the fridge just until they're cold, about 30 minutes. 

Meanwhile, add the onions to a small bowl. Add the vinegar, 2 tablespoons of the oil, and a healthy pinch of salt, and mix well with your hands. Let the onions sit just until they get pickly, a few minutes. 

In a separate small bowl, stir together the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil, the lemon juice, and a good pinch of salt until the mixture looks creamy. Combine the tomatoes and cucumber in one bowl, pour in the lemon dressing, and toss gently but well. 

Grab a large platter (or 4 to 6 plates) and make a pretty layer of cucumbers and tomatoes, so the colors and types of the vegetables are well divvied up. Give the onions one more toss, then use your hands to add them (reserving their pickly liquid) here and there over the cucumbers and tomatoes. Scatter on the olives and mint. Use your hands to crumble the feta into pieces large, medium, and small as you scatter it on top. Finally, drizzle on the liquid remaining in the onion bowl. Eat straightaway. 

Photo by David Loftus

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