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Greek salad

What is the last time you had Greek salad? Personally, I have forgotten about it for a while, probably in an unconscious attempt to block out the memories of many bad Greek salads I was served in the 90's. There was always too much lettuce, well, it was mainly lettuce, cleverly covered up with a layer of diced tomatoes and cucumbers, bad olives and poor quality feta. The original version does not include lettuce and it's beauty comes from simplicity and great quality of ingredients. Use ripe heirloom tomatoes, good olives and authentic Greek feta and you no longer need to top everything with vinaigrette. The only adjustment I made was adding crushed chili instead or oregano.

Recipe: Greek salad

Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • a handful of good, ripe tomatoes, you can use different types
  • 1/2 of cucumber
  • a handful of Greek olives
  • 1/3 of red onion
  • thick slice of Greek feta
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. of crushed chillies
Method
  • Cut tomatoes into slices or quarters, depending on their sizes. Slice cucumber and onion.
  • Arrange all the ingredients on a platter, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with chili.
  • You can serve it as a meal with grilled pita or as a side salad.

young carrot burger

Recipe: Young carrot burger

Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 buns
  • a handful of fresh spinach
Method
  • Cut the buns in halves and toast them. Assemble the burgers: bun, spinach, carrot patty, sauce, bun.

Recipe: Carrot patties

Ingredients
  • 400 g of grated young carrot
  • 250 g of cooked chickpeas
  • one red onion, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tbsp. of chopped cilantro
  • one tsp. of ground cumin
  • one tsp. of chili powder
  • salt and pepper
  • one tbsp. of butter
Method
  • Melt butter in a frying pan, add 1/2 tsp. of cumin and 1/2 tsp. of chili powder. Add carrots and cook for about 10 minutes.
  • Blend carrots and chickpeas - they should be combined, but not too smooth.
  • Add remaining ingredients and combine.
  • Form four patties. Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake at 180C for about 15 minutes..

Recipe: Yoghurt and cucumber sauce

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup of grated cucumber
  • 1/2 cup of Greek yoghurt
  • salt and pepper
Method
  • Combine all the ingredients. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.

chilled avocado soup

Recipe: Chilled avocado soup

Ingredients
  • one ripe avocado
  • one green cucumber
  • juice of one lime
  • 250 ml of natural yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp. of chopped chives
  • 1 tbsp. of chopped mint
  • 1/2 tsp. of dried chili flakes
  • sea salt to taste
Method
  • Combine all the ingredients using a blender.
  • Refrigerate for about an hour.