Fresh Ideas: Classic Greek salad easy for summer

Photo by Helana Brigman  --  Best Ever Greek Salad is an easy-to-make choice for summer. Show caption
Photo by Helana Brigman -- Best Ever Greek Salad is an easy-to-make choice for summer.

I’m the biggest fan of salads made every which way — salads tossed in fancy balsamic vinegar or arranged orderly with chopped eggs, ham and cheese.

For summer, easy recipes tend to be the most satisfying like this recipe for a classic Greek Salad with leafy greens, vibrant tomatoes and homemade vinaigrette.

To make this salad at home, use fresh local ingredients such as cherry or heirloom tomatoes, romaine lettuce and red onions. Toss your vegetables with spicy banana peppers, salty kalamata olives and creamy feta cheese for a classic take on a Greek summer salad.

To prepare the vinaigrette, whisk together two parts good-quality olive oil with one part good-quality red wine vinegar for a balanced dressing.

Have extra time on your hands? Infuse olive oil ahead of time with two cloves of minced or pressed garlic. When ready to serve, whisk olive oil with vinegar, Dijon mustard and herbs for a light and summery dressing.

Helana Brigman is a food writer, photographer and cookbook author. She can be reached with daily recipes at http://clearlydeliciousfoodblog.com or via email at hbrigm1@tigers.lsu.edu.