Food Lifestyle

A season of salads: summer greek salad

July 15, 2016

It has been a really long time since I blogged last, and I wish I could share something more interesting about my time off from blogging — but the truth is, I’ve got nothin’! Like many others, we’ve spent the first half of our summer doing a little hosting, some traveling and lots of yard work. And after several excuses to eat lots of yummy (and not-so-healthy) food, nothing sounds better to me than a fresh summer salad!

I get most of my crowd-pleasing recipes from my mom, and today’s salad is no exception! She’s been making this one since I was little. When I asked for the recipe, she sent me a picture of her recipe card, which was covered in food stains and ink smears. I studied the picture, wondering what she paired with this salad to contribute to all of the stains. I’m sure it was something delicious, as my mom always prepares the best meals! She also sent a picture of the back of the card, which included a note from me (in my first grade handwriting), asking if my friend, Hillary, could come over to play. I offered up “yes” or “no” as options, and instructed her to “cericle” one only. Being the funny gal she is, my mom drew a one and circled that. I guess we can assume I didn’t secure the play date, but I’m certain I got a big helping of Summer Greek Salad that night!IMG_2556



3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons dijon
1 teaspoon lemon zest

4 medium tomatoes (I use an assortment of cherry tomatoes)
1/2 green bell pepper, sliced
1/2 cucumber
1/2 red onion
1 cup black olives
2 tablespoons fresh basil
feta cheese (we use the block and cube it)

Mix up salad dressing and toss over veggies. Can be kept in fridge for a couple of days afterward.


As you may have noticed from my pictures, I totally forgot about the red onion until I had already chopped everything up. Luckily, Mr. AG was out and picked one up for me on his way home. (Phew!)

Do me a favor and try this salad soon! You could even toss a little grilled chicken in and make an entree out of it.

Does anyone have any other go-to summer salads?! I’d love to hear!

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  • Reply Sarah T Byrkit July 15, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Yeah! Will have to try this out. I made a chickpea salad the other night that was in the same vein as this. But sub bell pepper for chickpeas + served with a dollop of greek yogurt on top.

    • Reply Abby July 15, 2016 at 8:22 pm

      That sounds amazing! We’ll have to try that one. 🙂

  • Reply Kristi Kelley July 16, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    This salad sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing the recipe..and the funny story of your note on the back of the card

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