Dishes for a delicious Greek meal
You may be wondering how to use olive oil to make the most out of its taste and health benefits. You might also be curious for which dishes Greeks use olive oil, which constitutes an integral part of their everyday diet. The answer is ‘in every Greek dish’ and more specifically, in:
1) Greek Salad. How this couldn’t be the first one? You only need a large bowl to create this colourful salad. 4 large tomatoes, 1 chopped cucumber, ½ red onion thinly sliced, 10 Kalamata olives, 1 tsp dried oregano and some feta cheese. Drizzle olive oil over the salad.
2) Tzatziki. It’s cool, refreshing and easy to make. 350gr yogurt, 2 cucumbers chopped in small pieces, 4 garlic cloves (crushed), 2 tbsp vinegar and olive oil. Leave the mix for half an hour to thicken and then it is ready to serve!
3) Dolmades (vine leaves stuffed with rice). It might take a bit more time to prepare this dish but it’s worth it. You need 60 vine leaves, 250 gr rice, 2 chopped onions, 2 cups of water, juice of 2 lemons, ½ cup parsley chopped, salt, pepper and olive oil.
4) Chickpeas soup. Humble ingredients, but special in taste. You need 500 g of dry chickpeas, 1 chopped red onion, 1 bay leaf, 2 tbsp dried oregano, salt, pepper, juice of 2 lemons and extra virgin olive oil.
5) Everywhere! In pasta, fish, marinades, meat sauces, poultry, vegetables and the like. Olive oil is the secret to the long life expectancy of the Mediterranean population and this explains why it is so widely used. Almost every Greek dish contains some olive oil…
Tip! Keep an eye on what type of olive oil you buy. Not all of them have the same quality. Always prefer extra virgin olive oil because it is extracted using natural methods and its taste and smell are naturally preserved.