Thursday, August 23, 2012

A new version of Greek Salad

I'm big fan of Greek Salad . . . I'm a big fan of anything crunchy and it doesn't get much crunchier than Greek salad! For my sister's engagement party earlier this month I made a ton of salads. The next day we had left over Greek salad and her soon to be mother in law (whose an amazing cook, btw) fancied it up! She brought out the same boring Greek salad I made but she had added Toasted Sourdough bread chunks and it was . . .  OUT OF THIS WORLD!! It was seriously one of the yummiest things I've eaten!
She gave me her secret recipe . . . she pan fries large chunks of sourdough bread in Oil and like 6 cloves of garlic, once it's nice and toasty she adds it to the Greek salad, pours the dressing over and it's fantastic!
1 Red Pepper
1 Green Pepper
2 Tomatoes on the vine
1/2 an English Cucumber
1/4 a Red Onion
1/4 cup of Feta Cheese
1/4 cup and olive oil
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
1/3 cup and 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
4 slices of Sour Dough Bread
1/4 cup Grapeseed Oil, or vegetable oil
6 cloves of peeled crushed Garlic
(If you have garlic butter you can fry it with garlic butter and vegetable oil!! We've done it both ways and it's awesome either way)

It's seriously AMAZING, it sounds so simple but it is truly fan-freak'in-tastic!!! The bread doesn't go soggy at all! It's even really amazing the next day! It's our new go to summer salad!! I hope you'll give it a try . . . it's a little more work but I promise it's worth it!


  1. Looks/sounds delicious. I could be wrong but I think there's a name for this salad and I believe it is called Panzanella. Basically, a Greek salad plus toasty bread/croutons, etc.
    Great idea though. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Sounds yummy! I love a good Greek salad.

  3. My mother-in-law does the same thing, but uses Chex cereal instead of bread for a lighter version of croutons. We also just cook them in butter instead of oil. They're fabulous!

  4. I really enjoy the recipes you post..will you be going back to the menu planning posts (or is it too much work right now)?

  5. This is very similar to Ina Garten's Panzanella recipe. Delish!

  6. The original Panzanella recipe comes from Florence. I love it with cucumbers the best like your recipe. Thanks for sharing! It has a great history:

  7. This looks TO DIE FOR! I love Greek anything, and any salad with croutons. Especially homemade! I actually make homemade dressings that are pretty similar to the one here. It's delicious!

  8. Made this last night. Delicious!! My DH told me several times how much he enjoyed it. (didn't hurt that we had fresh tomatoes and cucumbers from our vegetable garden.)


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