Tarpon Springs is on the Florida Gulf Coast, famous for Greek bakeries and sponge diving and this style of Greek salad. My favorite version is from Athenian Gardens in St. Petersburg, Florida. The potato salad is just right. It’s a subtle thing - at first you think it’s bland, but then you can’t get enough of it; I think it's the red wine vinegar that the warm potatoes are tossed in. The Greek salad has everything - salty feta and olives, sweet shrimp, vinegary pickled beets, crunchy sharp peppers. I like to make this salad for summertime entertaining. It's nice served alongside grilled steaks.
Cook unpeeled potatoes in unsalted water until tender, about 20 minutes; let cool just enough so that you can handle them. Using a towel to protect your hand, peel potatoes and cut into 1-inch pieces. Place in bowl and sprinkle with vinegar and salt, add chopped green onions and toss. Stir in green onions and mayonnaise. Season to taste and mix well. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Greek Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette & Patatasalata
Whisk vinaigrette ingredients (olive oil through oregano) together. Store in refrigerator until ready to assemble salad.
On a large platter, spread out lettuce. In sections, place ingredients - pepper rings, olives, shrimp, patatosalata, feta and pickled beets. Serve salad with dressing alongside.