Happy Canada Day Everyone!
With the holiday here, every food blogger and their cousin is probably going to make red and white food in honour of the Canadian flag. These dishes will usually be some variation of red velvet cake, which is great, but not very appetizing in the Montreal heat and humidity. In weather like this, I prefer something light and refreshing with a generous hit of salt to combat the electrolytes I lose in the heat. It is with this in mind that I came up with Strawberry Greek Salad.
This salad uses the delicious strawberries now in season and gives them a savory kick by using them to replace the tomatoes in a classic Greek Salad. It may seem weird, but the creamy saltiness of Canadian feta cheese is a beautiful contrast to sweet-tart berries. Add a cucumber for extra freshness and replace the lemon with lime and you’ve got something EXTRA special.
Here's How You Do It
Difficulty Level: Super Easy
Prep time: 10 Minutes
1 English Cucumber, rinsed and coarsely chopped - Those giant cucumbers you see covered in a sleeve of plastic wrap in fruit and grocery stores. Be sure to keep the plastic on until right before you use it. Removing the plastic too soon will dry it out.
2 Cups of Strawberries, the leaves removed and the berries cut in half or in quarters depending on the size of the berries
½ Cup of chopped Canadian Feta Cheese – Canadian feta is the perfect balance of creaminess and saltiness. If you like things EXTRA salty, use Greek feta, but as it’s Canada day, I’ll proudly eat the Canadian stuff and love it.
Juice of 2 Limes – Greek salad typically uses lemon but limes feels more summery to me because they’re a main ingredient in margaritas.
4 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
1 Teaspoon of Oregano
Salt and Pepper – to taste
1 Knife and Cutting Board
1 Salad Bowl – Any big bowl you own will work as a salad bowl
1 Wooden Spoon
Put all the ingredients in a bowl and stir them together with a wooden spoon.
You can serve it now though it will keep for a day in the fridge.
Happy Canada Everyone and enjoy the salad and the fireworks!
-Samantha R. Gold
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