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Greek Salad with Fennel

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Greek Salad with Fennel

- Merrill

The other week, I had dinner at Kefi, the most casual of Michael Psilakis’ ever-growing roster of New York City restaurants. Something I always order there, in addition to the fantastic meze platter and the transformative halvah chocolate mousse dessert, is the Greek salad.

Kefi’s salad is simple, yet perfectly balanced, the way a good Greek salad should be. There's a little more tang to the vinaigrette to balance out the mellow saltiness of the feta; crisp, crunchy veggies; and of course plenty of olives. Kefi’s version uses roasted red peppers instead of raw, and it also incorporates some shaved fennel, which I think makes it a standout.

Last week I attempted to recreate the salad on my own, and I think I got fairly close. (I left out the cucumbers, which my husband – a cucumber fanatic—would not approve of, but with the added fennel, I felt there was plenty going on.) Hope you enjoy it!

Greek Salad with Fennel

Serves 6

  • 1/2 small red onion
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • Juice of 1 small lemon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 pound Greek feta
  • 1/2 large fennel bulb, with fronds
  • 6 cups roughly chopped Romaine (2/3 small head)
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped roasted red pepper
  • 1/4 cup green olives, sliced
  • 1/4 cup Kalamata olives, whole

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Photos by Nicole Franzen

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almost 3 years ago lastnightsdinner

Love Greek salad, love fennel, love this!

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almost 3 years ago Allison Cay Parker

Merrill, I have to confess to being one of those folks who can't imagine a "horiatiki salata" (Greek village/peasant salad) without cucumber, but... I love fennel so much and the idea to include it here is genius, so I can make an exception. Of course Psilakis also has the credentials--and innovative spirit--that permit creative license. We're the better for it, usually. And also for your having brought the idea home and made it yours (and subsequently ours at F52). Thanks!

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almost 3 years ago Panfusine

Oh boy, just as I was stabilizing from going bonkers about what to include for my potluck tomorrow, here is this salad.. Ok.. time to go nuts again.. I cd just swipe the screen.. it looks & sounds soo good!