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large tomatoes, seeded, diced (3 cups)
large red onion, diced
small green bell pepper, finely chopped (1/2 cup)
large cucumber , finely chopped
can kalamata olives, finely chopped
cup finely crumbled feta cheese
cups romaine lettuce, finely chopped
teaspoon salt (or to taste)
teaspoon pepper (or to taste)
cup olive oil (more or less if desired)
cup red wine vinegar (more or less if desired)
In large glass or plastic bowl, mix all ingredients.
Cover; refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving to blend flavors.
Serve with pita chips.
More About This Recipe
- Betty cooked everything, from meatloaf to salsa. In fact, her fresh tomato salsa has been a classic for many years, according to the Betty Crocker cookbook. The cookbook raves about the salsa, calling it a “traditional Southwestern-style salsa bursting with fresh tomato flavor.” I have to agree; you just can’t go wrong with Betty!But being the experimenter (is that a word?) that I am, I decided to try a more Mediterranean version of her salsa classic. Not to challenge Betty (because I would never do that!), but to simply put a twist on an old favorite.I strayed from the tomato-based, pico de gallo–type salsa by creating a Greek Salsa. Similar to the flavors of a Greek salad, this salsa is light and flavorful and perfect to serve for any occasion.This recipe calls for tangy ingredients such as feta cheese, red onion, green pepper, kalamata olives, cucumbers, tomatoes, oregano, olive oil and red wine vinegar. You want to use romaine lettuce as a base, as it has the hard ribs in the center of the lettuce that provide a great crunchy texture for your salsa.Using a very sharp knife (BE CAREFUL!), chop up your ingredients very finely. Save yourself a finger or two by lightly chopping the ingredients in a food processor instead of chopping by hand. Once you have chopped everything, mix it all together with olive oil, red wine vinegar and oregano. Add salt and pepper if needed. Depending on how chunky you want the salsa, continue adding the liquid until you achieve the desired consistency.
- Do NOT serve this with tortilla chips! Instead, serve with pita chips. There are great brands already bagged and ready to go in the grocery store, or you can make your own very simply by cutting pita bread into triangles, drizzling in olive oil and salt, and baking until crisp.There are so many fun variations to this salsa, so feel free to pick and choose ingredients! This would make a GREAT bruschetta spread on a toasted crostini, as well. For a fabulous presentation, serve scoops of the salsa inside a hollowed-out green pepper for individual sized portions!And let’s not forget Miss Betty. Pair her classic salsa recipe with the Greek version and any other kind of salsa for a wonderful variety of options and a serious flavor sensation! Thanks for the inspiration, Betty!
Tzatziki Bites with Greek Salsa
It’s so nice to have the holidays behind us, and a brand new beautiful year ahead of us!
January always brings out the resolution-maker in me (and in everyone else!), and this year was no different.
I love to eat fresh and healthy as often as possible, but it’s not always easy when there are so many excuses to do just the opposite!
Superbowl Sunday is coming up, and in past years I’ve mostly gorged myself on chips, dip, meatballs, and beer. This year, it’s all about these adorable Tzatziki Bites!
Authentic Greek Tzatziki is delicious on its own, but I like lots of texture in my food, so I decided to get a little crazy and top these little babies with chunky Greek-style “salsa.”
I seem to never run out of ideas for ways to fill up these adorable mini soft taco boats!
Greek Salsa Meze
Among the many interesting types of dried tomatoes found in grocery stores, semi-dried cherry tomatoes packed in oil are particularly tasty. They make a great addition to this salsa, which goes well with grilled tuna, swordfish or shrimp.
Spooned over labneh and served with warm pita slices or pita chips, the salsa makes a terrific meze, or appetizer.
You can buy labneh at Mediterranean markets, including the Lebanese Taverna Market in Arlington, or you can make your own see NOTES.
Make Ahead: The salsa can be made a day in advance, but it’s best to add the cheese just before serving.
Combine the cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, onion, lemon, oregano, lemon juice, oil and feta cheese in a medium bowl.
Spread 1/4 cup of labneh on each plate, then spoon the salsa over it. Drizzle with oil and serve with pita bread or chips.
NOTES: To dry fresh cherry tomatoes, cut each one in half, spread them on a lined baking sheet, season them with salt and bake at 200 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.
To make labneh, place Greek-style yogurt in a cheesecloth-lined strainer and let it drain at room temperature for 8 hours.
SALMON WITH MANGO SALSA
Mix the olive oil, seasoned salt, pepper, dill, lemon zest and hot sauce in a bowl.
Place salmon on a small rimmed sheet pan covered with aluminum foil sprayed with nonstick spray.
Rub the mixture on both sides of the salmon.
Bake for 12-16 minutes, timing will vary based on the thickness of salmon.
The do ahead tip is to mix the mango salsa together in a bowl except for the avocado and put in the refrigerator. When you are ready to serve, cut up the avocado and add that and the dressing to the bowl. Avocados turn brown very quickly and your salsa will not look pretty. Have the dressing mixed ahead of time and leave covered on the counter.
2 - 7 oz containers of mango chunks, rinsed and drained
In a bowl mix the mango, red pepper, red onion, avocado and cilantro. Set aside.
1 ½ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
¾ tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Mix the dressing well and add it to the salsa. Serve immediately over the salmon.
Greek Grilled Chicken & Olive Salsa – WLS Recipes
It’s amazing what a new seasoning can do in your life. I recently bought Greek Seasoning from The Pampered Chef® ($4.50) and coated chicken prior to grilling. A unique and refreshing mix of flavors…and a great change of pace for grilled chicken.
To take it to the next level, I decided to make a topenade meets salsa topping. Feta, olives, onion and tomatoes topped our Greek Chicken and made my mouth so happy!
I’m sure there are other companies that make a similar Greek seasoning, though I don’t know any by name. To order Pampered Chef you can visit their website and select a consultant online. You can either go through the consultant or just put a consultant name on your online order!
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