A Cretan salad is not limited to just a traditional greek salad with barley rusks. Some of the most delicious and innovative salads can be found in Crete — every restaurant we visited had their own special twist.
5 ½ozmixed greens (1/2 of a large plastic container)I use baby red and green romaine, but any mixed greens will do
1English cucumber; cut into small pieces
1large carrot; shredded
2cupscabbage; sliced thinlyi use white cabbage, but red will work
1ripe tomato; diced into small pieces
7dried figs; cut into pieces
1cupparsley; chopped finely
1cupdill; chopped finely
⅓cupwalnut pieces; toasted
8ozfeta, goat's cheese, mizithra, or anthotiro; crumbledyou can also combine half feta and half ricotta together
½cupextra virgin olive oil
1 ½tbspbalsamic vinegar
1medium lemon; juiced
1tbsphoneyadjust to your taste
salt and pepper to taste
To make this Cretan salad:
Combine the mixed greens, cucumber, carrot, cabbage, tomato, figs, parsley, dill, and walnuts in a large bowl.
Combine the dressing ingredients.
Taste, and adjust the honey and salt to your personal preference.
Drizzle over the salad, and gently toss.
Arrange the salad onto a large serving platter, and dot with the crumbled cheese.
You can serve this salad with any meal, but if you want a simple vegetarian meal, you can pair it with soup. You can see our delicious soup recipes here.