Village Salad w/Meyer Lemon Dressing

April 26, 2013 • appetizers, Babies, Toddlers & Kids, Greek Food, Lemons, Salads, Vegetarian

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This salad is crisp, bright, and the refreshing flavor of the Meyer lemon juice takes it over the top.   It’s a version of the classic “horiatiki salata” or “village salad” common in every taverna on the Greek isles.  The kicker is that I used Meyer lemons to replace the red wine vinegar, fresh mozzarella to replace the feta, and topped it off with torn cilantro.

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Meyer lemons are probably my favorite citrus fruit.  If you haven’t tried them before, be sure to check your local produce markets and specialty stores for them ASAP.  They are a cross between a lemon and an orange; tart, yet sweet.

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Be sure to have some fresh, crusty bread on hand for dipping!!

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Here’s my little trick to enjoy every bite of the salad and every bit of flavor from the Meyer lemons…keep half of a Meyer lemon in the salad bowl and continue to squeeze the juice as you eat.  So good!!!

Village Salad w/Meyer Lemon Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 ripe tomato
  • 2, 1/4 inch slices of fresh mozzarella cheese
  • small bunch of cilantro
  • red onion (optional)
  • For the dressing:
  • juice of 1 Meyer lemon
  • 1/2 Meyer lemon for extra squeezing as you eat :)
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. rice wine vinegar
  • pinch of Greek seasoning
  • pinch of coarse Greek sea salt

 

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