The Big Salad

Seinfeld fans may remember Elaine’s craving for a big salad.  That is exactly how I felt yesterday.  I started throwing out different salad entree ideas.  My husband initially voted for Cobb Salad but I pointed out that although I like a Cobb salad, I wanted something a little lighter than a salad with bacon, egg, cheese and more.  I remembered the Greek salad I made for the vegan baby shower and decided that it with roasted shrimp on top, fit the bill.  Two things really make a difference in this salad – marinating the onions and cucumbers in the dressing incorporates them into the salad without being as sharp as they sometimes are and using good quality Feta cheese.  Here is what I did and a picture of our big salad:

Greek salad (for 2)

  • 4 TB olive oil
  • 1 1/2 TB red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 TB lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • salt and freshly ground pepper

Whisk ingredients together in a bowl

  • 2/3 lbs shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • lettuce greens (I used a mixture of green leaf and mache – Romaine is also good)
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cucumber, sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced thin
  • 4 oz good quality feta cheese cubed
  • olives (optional – I omitted the olives because my husband isn’t a big fan)

Toss shrimp with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast at 400 for 8 – 10 minutes.  Let cool to room temperature.  Combine cucumbers and red onion with vinaigrette in a bowl for at least 20 minutes.  When ready to serve, combine lettuce with cucumbers and onions (including the dressing), add tomatoes, feta, olives (if using) and cooked shrimp.

The "Big Salad"

The “Big Salad”

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About emenuplan
I love to cook and love to eat. I work full time and have a family so managing good meals during the week requires organization. I'm hoping to share my weekly menu plans and recipes to make things a little easier for those who want to follow along.

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