Recently, I went to dinner with my uncle (known as Uncle), who is Gran Fran's brother. For the most part, I'm a lettuce with olive oil and salt kind of salad girl. Uncle ordered just this as his salad, which floored me. I hadn't realized there maybe a family connection to my style of salad. He told me that he has always eaten his salad this way, and that he thought it did come from his parents. Who knew?!
Warm weather has arrived in San Francisco. You never know how long this nice patch of weather will be in town, so it's fun to pretend like we have seasons and cook like it's going to stay warm for a few months.
This weather puts me in the mood for a good salad. I made a nice roast pork with Greek flavor a few weeks ago, reminiscent of a the Greek sandwich I had in Paris. Since I have salad on my mind, I decided to take all the Greek sandwich fixings and make a huge salad.
Seeing as I don't usually make fancy salads (except for my salad nicoise) , I really had to think about how to layer everything in. Some special dressing, which includes Za'atar, a Middle Eastern spice, added a nice extra kick. It's earthy, sour, salty and just interesting. You can just use oregano here, but I love the unexpected flavor.
You don't have to follow my ingredients exactly, but do put the roast pork, red onions and fried potatoes in the salad as these are the keys to the Greek sandwich-ness of the salad.
Greek Sandwich Salad Style
- 1 heart of romaine lettuce, cut into pieces
- 2 potatoes, oven fried (recipe here)
- 8 slices of Greek roast pork (recipe here)
- 1/2 red onion, sliced thinly
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced into chunks
- 8 to 10 small tomatoes cut in half
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon Za'atar spice blend or dried oregano
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Lay the romaine on a platter, making a mound in the center.
- Layer on top the red onions, potatoes, tomatoes and red bell peppers, with the pork on top.
- Put the mayonnaise, olive oil, Za'atar (or oregano) and salt and pepper into a bowl and mix until combined.
- Drizzle dressing over the salad and serve.
You can put some nice warm pitas out on the table to serve with this great salad.