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Fast & Easy Dinner: Greek Salad with Saganaki

Fast & Easy Dinner: Greek Salad with Saganaki

FabSugar's off to Greece today and I am so green with envy that I have to make myself a Greek salad for dinner tonight. Paired with a decadent flambéed cheese called saganaki, this salad transforms your Friday into a dream vacation. Usually seen as a difficult, show-stopping culinary technique, the igniting of cheese doused in brandy is actually effortless and fun. Use a long stemmed lighter for safety and fire away! You won't be disappointed with this dinner recipe, so get it now -

Greek Salad with Saganaki
From The Hearty Boys

3 heads Romaine lettuce, washed and torn into bite sized pieces
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1 cup kalamata olives
1 cucumber, sliced
Greek vinaigrette, recipe follows
12 pepperoncini
2 small red onions, thinly sliced
Saganaki, recipe follows

  1. Put all the romaine into a large mixing bowl. Add half of the tomatoes, kalamatas and cucumbers and toss to combine.
  2. Put the salad into a large decorative bowl, toss with 1 cup of the vinaigrette and garnish with the remaining tomatoes, cucumbers, pepperoncini, kalamatas, and red onion.
  3. Serve with the remaining vinaigrette and Saganaki on the side.

Serves 10.

Greek Vinaigrette:
1 shallot, diced
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 cups extra-virgin olive oil

  1. Put the shallot into the bowl of a food processor and pulse until well chopped.
  2. Add the lemon juice, feta, oregano, salt and pepper and pulse again to combine.
  3. With the processor running, add the oil in a steady stream. Pour into a small pitcher and set aside.

Makes 2 cups.

1 pound kasseri cheese, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
3 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons brandy
1 lemon, juiced

  1. Preheat the broiler.
  2. Put the kasseri slices onto a baking sheet and brush with the melted butter.
  3. Place under the broiler until the cheese starts to bubble, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven, douse with the brandy and ignite.
  5. Let the flame die down, sprinkle with lemon juice, transfer to a serving platter and serve immediately.
Join The Conversation
andrea426 andrea426 10 years
looks sooo good! i'm hungry
figurine figurine 10 years
I'm loving the colours and everything, looks delicious. I've totally had this, but without the saganaki cheese.
milo milo 10 years
i love this !!!
Midnightkiss4u09 Midnightkiss4u09 10 years
Yummy, looks good.
aras8218 aras8218 10 years
Kalamata olives love them!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Cravin, that stinks! You shouldnt be punished because of an allergy! Doc, I know, just thinking about those olives is making me drool!
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
I'm def. making that salad! I love me some kalamata olives, cucumbers, tomatoes and feta! :DROOL:
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
i do crispet. haha, sometimes i think waitstaff think i am crazy. they aer prolly thinking, she prolly just doesn't like lettuce. But I ahve found that unless i say i am allergic, people often forget to leave it off my order haha. and, there are some places that do no have soup, so i end up paying for a salad/dinner deal and still get charged for the salad.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
OMG, how terrible! Im sure you have to be very careful!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
haha crispet, don't i wish I knew! All I know is if I eat it, even one shred of lettuce that accidentally gets on a sandwhich or something, I will be sick to my stomach for days. It will take me about a week to get back to normal. It's horrible, and i used to eat salads all the time. rommaine is iesp bad for me. iceburg didn't use to be but now is.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Allergic to lettuce? How so? Is it a component of the vegetable that you are allergic to? Sorry, just interested!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
Thanks Party! Yeah, im acutally allergic to lettuce, which sucks cause i used to love salad.
b-UNIQUE b-UNIQUE 10 years
yummm that looks soo gud!!! i luv greek food!!
partysugar partysugar 10 years
The picture is a variation of the Greek salad recipe. It's all of the ingredients before meeting the lettuce. If you can't eat lettuce just omit if from the recipe. I think you'll find that the salad is just as delicious!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
Yum, what is the pic of? I can't eat lettuce, but the pic lookslike a delish greek salad sans the lettuce...I see red onion cucumber, black olives, feta and cherry tomato, possibly the greek vinigerate you provide the recipe for...enything else I should know?
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Saganaki! I cant believe I have never heard of this!
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