Simple Greek Salad

When I was on Crete a few years ago this salad was served to the table every day. In Greece it is called Horiatiki that means Village salad and it’s very easy to make at home.

You need to have:

  • 2-3 large tomatoes

  • 4-5 cucumbers

  • 1 large red pepper

  • 3‚ĀĄ4 cup kalamata olive

  • 8 oz feta cheese

  • Little bit salt, dry oregano and black pepper

  • 6 tablespoons olive oil

You need to do:

Chop tomatoes, cucumbers, red pepper and feta cheese. Combine these ingredients with olives in large bowl

Sprinkle salt, oregano and black pepper, mix salad well.

Toss with olive oil and serve!

Bon Appetit or Kali Sas Orexi! ūüôā

Ukrainian Beet Salad

Traditional Slavic salad is oddly called the French word Vinaigrette. I usually cook it in winter, but recently I found all the ingredients and decided to make this beetroot salad. This salad is unusual but very rich and yummy. Try it too!
You need to have:

  • 2-3¬†beets

  • 2-3¬†carrots

  • 2-3¬†potatoes

  • 1 cup cooked or canned beans

  • 2 large dill pickles

  • 1 medium or few small onions

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

You need to do:

Place the beets into a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes. Add the carrots and potatoes. Boil for another 20-25 minutes. Drain the beets, carrots and potatoes, and let cool completely

Remove peels when cool

Cut the beets, carrots and potatoes into small pieces

Stir in the beans

Cut the the pickles and onion into small pieces

Mix all well then stir in the salt, pepper and olive oil

Serve the beet salad with greens, croutons or bread. For the main dish salad goes well with mashed potatoes and meat

Bon Appetit or as the Ukrainians say: ‘Smachnoho’!

Cucumber and Strawberry. Your best friends in summer!

I think summer is the best time for new experiments in the kitchen. Today I’ll show you three fresh recipes with cucumber and strawberries and you’ll be delighted with them.

So get ready to try a light summer cocktail, tender salad and tea sandwiches¬†but don’t forget that you need a lot of cucumbers and strawberries.¬†How fortunate that now they’re everywhere! ūüôā

Cucumber Mint Water with Lime and Strawberry

You need to have:

  • 10 strawberries

  • 2-3 cucumbers

  • 2 limes

  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

  • Ice cubes

  • Water

You need to do:

Sliced cucumbers, strawberries and limes. Cover with water. Add mint and ice. Drink immediately!

Strawberry Cucumber Tea Sandwiches (16 pieces)

You need to have:

  • 16 round¬†crispbreads

  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened

  • 1 English cucumber (or 2-3 pickling)

  • 8 strawberries

  • Salt

  • Dill

You need to do:

Mix together the cream cheese, dill and salt. Spread an equal amount of the cream cheese mixture on each bread round, about 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons each. Slice 16 thin pieces of cucumber. Place the cucumber on top of the cream cheese. Cut the green tops from the strawberry. Slice the strawberry in half. Make thin slices in each strawberry half and place on top of the cucumber. Enjoy!

Cucumber Strawberry Salad

You need to have:

  • 5 fresh cucumbers

  • 10-12 strawberries

  • 1/2¬†pound¬†fresh spinach

  • 1/4¬†pound spring mix salad (lettuce, arugula, baby kale etc.)

  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt or sour cream

  • 2 tsp olive oil and¬†1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar (optional)

  • 10 sprigs fresh mint

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

You need to do:

Sliced cucumbers and strawberries. Cut the greens into large chunks or tear them by hand. Mix olive oil and balsamic vinegar and set aside. Finely chop the mint, then mix with yogurt (sour cream) and spices, whisk all. Mix cucumbers, strawberries and greens. Sprinkle with olive oil and vinegar. Serve portions on a plate with yogurt sauce on top. Yummy!

Caprese salad. Simple and divine!

Today we are cooking an excellent appetizer originally from Italy!

It is a very simple recipe, and you probably already used it. Caprese salad was made to resemble the colors of the Italian flag: red, white, and green. In Italy, it is usually served as an starter, not a side dish unlike most salads. And you know, sometimes only Caprese enough to have a lunch or a light dinner.You need to have:

  • Fresh mozzarella

  • Tomatoes

  • Lots of basil

  • Salt, pepper

  • Olive oil

You need to do:

Cut the tomatoes and mozzarella into slightly thick slicesGather the pieces of tomatoes and mozzarella alternating, then nicely arranged them in a plate. Add salt and pepper

Cut the basil leaves and sprinkle on top

You can drizzle the whole thing with olive oil, but I prefer to leave it to eaters

We are done!

Insalata Caprese semplice e divino!