Mediterranean Salad with Marinated Radishes and Mint on Grilled Bread

Mediterranean salad

Back with a recipe at last. This one is perfect for these last, long, lazy days of summer with all the amazing tomatoes from the Farmer’s Market and the profusion of mint that is growing in the garden.

When I was first intending to post this recipe (some weeks ago while up at our cabin) I was talking about it to my friend Cathy. I was enthusing on how great this Greek salad on grilled bread was especially with the addition of the mint. I could see Cathy’s eyebrow raise skyward. “Mint, in a Greek salad?” she asked.

She looked even more concerned when I mentioned the marinated radishes. From the look on her face I didn’t have the heart to tell her that I often use pitted Niçoise olives instead of Kalamatas as that is what I tend to have in the fridge.

Little did I know that Cathy is Greek and that making a Greek salad in her family is done by following a somewhat firm set of rules. Making an authentic Greek salad is part of a well loved family culinary tradition and it goes something like this:

Rule number 1: All ingredients must be at room temperature.

Rule number 2: No green peppers shall be included.

Rule number 3: The only herb that belongs in a Greek salad is oregano and it should be dried and not fresh.

Rule number 4: Remember to salt generously.

Rule number 5: Use lots and lots of olive oil.

Rule number 6: Use Macedonian feta from The Parthenon Market on Broadway.

Rule number 7: Kalamata olives are fine but should be served in a separate dish.

Luckily I do use Macedonian feta that I get at La Grotta del Formaggio just down the street. I love the creamy texture and rich flavour of this cheese. I also banish green peppers from my salad and I always have my tomatoes at room temperature as refrigeration turns tomatoes to mealy mush (fruit flies be damned). Okay, so there are a few common practises in our salads. Still, out of deference to my sweet friend, I have decided to forgo my original recipe title of “Greek salad on grilled bread” and use instead “Mediterranean salad on grilled bread”. I think it would makes Cathy’s Dad heave a heavy sigh of relief.

I know that Cathy makes a great Greek salad (she made one a couple of weeks ago when we had dinner) but she is still interested in giving my version a whirl. I’m pretty sure she will like it with the grilled bread and the freshness of the mint and the tang of the radishes, which are so easy to love. I don’t know if she will embrace the Niçoise olives so I am off to the store to ensure that I get some Kalamatas instead.  I’m hoping to make this for here when I see her next week. Full report to follow…



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3 Responses to Mediterranean Salad with Marinated Radishes and Mint on Grilled Bread

  1. Tracy says:

    Oh, I love every bit of this recipe. I love the marinated radishes—the exactness of 18 Kalamata and 15 fresh mint leaves, roughly torn. I must go gather now.

  2. Beautiful and the addition of mint seems a delicious idea. I will happily try it.

  3. Cathy says:

    This looks fabulous! Can’t wait to try it , hope to be back on the island soon.

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