The Greeks sure know how to live. They have amazing islands, beautiful tan people and ouzo that pours out of every faucet. Seriously. I actually took an ouzo shower in Mykonos. But the shower was in a club and my Greek friends were pouring it over my head. My first thought was I had pissed off one of the girls by telling her she looks like the homely older sister of the goddess Athena. Thankfully this goddess-like mortal didn’t lose my sarcasm in translation. The ouzo shower was her mating call. Naturally the boorish American read it wrong thinking I had offended her. Believe it or not, that happens a lot. It took a few more alcoholic hosings and a passionate kiss on the dance floor to finally get it. I was crystal clear as the Mediterranean Sea when she led me down to the beach like a Trojan horse. Now I fully comprehend what it means to go Greek. Interesting. What’s also interesting is the island nation’s produce. Super healthy, tasty Greek Salads will fuel many ouzo shower-filled evenings. Do Zeus proud and go Greek!
Total time: approximately 5 minutes
Projected cost: $10
Drinking Buddy: Ouzo straight out of Dionysus’ wineskin
Ingredients (serves two):
1. 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
2. 1 teaspoon of salt
3. 1 tablespoon of olive oil
4. 16-20 pitted Kalamata olives
5. Black pepper to taste
6. 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
7. ½ a cucumber cut into bite-sized half moons
8. 1 tomato chopped coarsely
9. 1/3 of a red onion cut into thin rings
10. ½ a lemons worth of juice
11. ½ a green pepper cut julienne style
12. 1 handful of feta cheese
13. 1 garlic clove cut finely
Mix up that Greek dressing. Combine the garlic, lemon juice, salt, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and dried oregano in a bowl. Mix it all together thoroughly so the ingredients become one, much like you and your date will become.
Combine all the veggies in a mixing bowl. Add the Kalamata olives and crumble the feta over it all. Dump in the dressing and toss that salad like a good Greek. Add black pepper as you like and serve it up immediately. You don’t want this salad or the sexual chemistry to wilt.