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Greek Salad Dressing Two Ways

Avgolemono

Tonight I am making Avgolemono soup, that wonderful lemony, chickeny, greek soup. Last time I used orzo, but this time I am using rice. I am also trying to cook less now that our son is staying out late every night running through dress rehearsals for his school play. This will be good practice for when he graduates in a couple of years and all our kids are out of the house. Yikes! Enough of that talk, it scares me. I am making a greek salad to go along with the soup. To me, greek salad is lettuce, red onion, tomato, cucumber, feta cheese,  and kalamata olives. The dressing is usually olive oil and red wine vinegar. When I think about greek food, I also think lemons. So, I am also making a very lemony greek dressing too. Try them both!

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Greek Salad Dressing Two Ways

Traditional Greek Dressing with Olives

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 6 whole kalamata olives, small dice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • fresh ground black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Combine olive oil, vinegar, sugar, garlic, salt, pepper, and chopped olives in a bowl.
  2. Whisk together until combined.
  3. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  4. I almost always add a little sugar.

Lemony Greek Salad Dressing

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp oregano, dried
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper

Instructions:

  1. Measure out all ingredients.
  2. Add to a salad dressing container or jar.
  3. Shake it like you mean it.
  4. Dress your salad.

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Chicken Souvlaki Sandwiches with Tzatziki Sauce

ChickenSouvlaki

I love greek fast food! I especially love grilled meats covered with tzatiki sauce. Here is something easy. Marinate some cubes of chicken in olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and oregano. Add to a skewer alternating between chicken and some chunks of onion, yellow or red. Grill until done and remove from skewers. Squeeze some more lemon juice on top and wrap in warm pita bread. Top with the tzatziki sauce below and enjoy! By the way, it is 20 degrees outside today, but I still fired up the gas grill.

Tzatziki Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup seeded, shredded cucumber
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • Salt and pepper, taste

Instructions:

  1. Toss the shredded cucumber with 1 teaspoon salt.
  2. Allow to sit at least 5 minutes wrapped in a paper towel.
  3. Get a medium bowl or small food processor.
  4. Mix the yogurt, sour cream, lemon juice, rice vinegar, and olive oil.
  5. Season with garlic, fresh dill, and oregano.
  6. Squeeze the cucumber to remove any excess water.
  7. Stir into sauce.
  8. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  9. Refrigerate until ready to use.

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Avgolemono Soup

Avgolemono

My wife has been craving that wonderful, silky, soothing lemon chicken soup from Pete’s Central One restaurant. Otherwise known as Avgolemono Soup. I read several recipes out on the web and found a lemon chicken soup recipe in my computer files from the late 90s. After reading all these and thinking about it for a day, I decided to give it a try.

Avgolemono Soup
Ingredients:

  • 4 lemons
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • 6-8 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 8 ounces orzo
  • 1 medium yellow onion, small dice
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • Fresh ground black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Melt butter in Dutch oven.
  2. Add onions and sauté on medium low for 8 minutes.
  3. Add flour and cook additional 2 minutes stirring constantly.
  4. Deglaze with wine.
  5. Add 6 cups chicken broth.
  6. Set heat to medium and simmer.
  7. In medium bowl add eggs and lemon juice.
  8. Whisk to combine.
  9. While whisking continuously, slowly add 4 ladles soup to egg mixture.
  10. While whisking soup continuously, add egg/lemon/soup mixture back to soup pot.
  11. Add chicken.
  12. Add orzo and stir continuously until cooked.
  13. Add pepper to taste.
  14. If soup is too thick for you, add the remaining 2 cups broth.
  15. Ladle into bowls.
  16. Enjoy with warm pita bread!

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