When was the last time you spent time alone? Just you and your thoughts. It’s pretty scary, eh? Sometimes I just need to take some time to just be. Summer is kind of non-stop, in a good way. There are potlucks, cottage getaways and mornings that come much too soon. I love summer. Everything is better in the summer.
I’ve been spending my free time in the kitchen, writing, taking my dog on long walks and watching too much Netflix. It’s been good.
I usually have time off, time away, every summer, and my mind is definitely missing it. A couple of weeks on my favourite Greek island visiting family and friends is the best getaway. Island life is pretty far removed from reality: no smartphones (our cell phone only has texting, not even a camera!), we have a small internet stick with a couple of GBs and our english TV channels consist of BBC and E! network. (You can read more about my time in Greece here and here.)
Time seems almost endless on the island. There’s time to get swept away in a book (I read 8 books in 10 days last year!), time to listen to an entire record from start to finish, time for exploring the endless olive groves, not to mention the everlasting light for photographs. It takes some adjusting for this city girl, but eventually I ease right into the slower pace.
In Greece, we always order the Horiatiki salad, or the Greek Village Salad as it’s known in english. To me, it’s the quintessential, authentic Greek salad. It’s served in every restaurant, with vegetables so fresh and olive oil so flavourful you could eat this, and this salad alone, for days straight. This Authentic Greek Salad is is as authentic as it gets, my friends. Thyme grows in abundance on our island and it’s what gives this salad its distinct flavour. And we can’t forget about the feta, no Greek Salad is complete without it. Typically it’s served in a big slab over the vegetables, but I like to have mine in little chunks for that perfect salty flavour in each bite.
Authentic Greek Salad (Serves 4-6)
1 cucumber, diced
1 medium tomato, diced
1/3 cup finely diced red onion
2/4 cup diced feta
4 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tsp dried thyme
salt and pepper, to taste
Combine cucumber, tomato, red onion and feta in a large bowl. Toss with olive oil and vinegar.
Next, sprinkle with dried thyme and toss again. Season to taste and serve.
This Authentic Greek Salad is one of my favourite sides to pair with burgers or anything grilled!