Natalie McLaury considers herself a bit of a hoarder when it comes to magazines. Never one to pass up a good deal on a subscription, it’s to the point where she now finds herself receiving a magazine in the mail several times a week. Most of the time, she rips out pages of recipes but fails to actually create the recipe in her kitchen. Not anymore! Join Natalie as she cooks the magazines.
By Natalie McLaury
Put the word “Greek” in a recipe title and I am immediately drawn to it (case in point: Greek Panzanella). Funny, because I’m pretty sure if you’d asked me a few years ago what Greek food consisted of or what ingredients were in a Greek salad, you would have been met with a blank stare. Oh, how things have changed!
May’s issue of Cooking Light featured a few different cucumber side salads, with one of the variations being this Greek one. Since I had such good luck with my last Cooking Light side dish (I’m talking about you, favorite asparagus!), I had high hopes for this one. Cooking Light once again delivered and this was a great side dish at our Mother’s Day cookout. The recipe below probably serves about 4–I doubled and 7 of us finished it off…this is another easy recipe to adjust according to how many you want to serve. Because you can make it ahead of time (just refrigerate until serving!), it’s ideal to throw in a cooler and take on a picnic or to your neighbor’s pool party.
Next time, I might throw some chopped Kalamata olives and crumbled feta cheese in there. For me, my favorite part of the name “Greek” in a food title is the olives and the cheese! However, it’s perfectly good as the vegetable-only version listed. You can also add chopped parsley as the original recipe did; I omitted because my mom isn’t particularly keen on the herb and it was Mother’s Day after all! Do use fresh oregano if you can–dried won’t give you quite the same flavor impact!
- 1½ (24 ml) tbsp minced red onion
- ¾ (3 ml) tsp chopped oregano
- 1 tbsp (15 g) lemon juice
- 1½ tsp (7 g) olive oil
- ⅛ tsp (pinch) salt
- 2 cups (300 g) thinly sliced cucumber
- 1 cup (150 g) quartered cherry tomatoes
- ½ cup (75 g) orange bell pepper strips
- In a large bowl, combine first five ingredients (red onion through salt).
- Toss with cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and bell pepper strips.
Natalie McLaury is a St Louis based food writer with a passion for real food and experimenting in the kitchen. Her cooking ranges from healthy three course meals to decadent desserts, and she shares many of her food tips and recipes on her successful The Sweets Life blog . As an avid runner and fitness expert, she also gives the occasional tips on how to combine a serious interest in health with a sweet tooth.