My Big Fat Greek Blog Post

I have a new food obsession.

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I was a pretty picky eater growing up, and one of the foods I HATED was olives. Any kind. I think I just told myself I disliked them, and that was the end of the story. Up until last year, I refused to eat anything with a trace of them. Salads, pizza, appetizer platters., martini…you name it, and I picked out those bad boys quicker than you can say Opa! Lately, though, something clicked and they’ve become one of my favourite additives to my salads, particularly pitted kalamatas.

I’ve always enjoyed Mediterranean foods though, particularly Geek salads. Once again, I’d just make them/order them without the olives. Of course there are some exceptions, but overall, the Mediterranean diet is wonderful with many, many healthy options. Speaking of which, some friends who are bored with their salad dressing collection have been asking what dressings I use. I keep telling myself that I’ll make a “homemade dressing” post at some point, but since this one has somewhat of a Greek theme, I figured I’d share my greek vinaigrette recipe. It’s a nice change from everyone’s tried and true balsamic vinegar and olive oil combo!

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Now, while we are on the topic of Greek inspired foods, I also wanted to share some very simple and healthy recipes that I enjoy from time to time, or even ALL the time (i.e.: greek salad)! Except for the Psari Plaki. I actually haven’t tried baking fish this way before, but I keep meaning to give it a whirl, as it looks so simple, clean, and delicious.

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Greek Quinoa Salad: This one has been part of my salad rotation for years now. Use some of my greek vinaigrette and you’re flyin’.

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Grilled Chicken Souvlaki: Delicious and simple, paired with a salad and homemade tzatziki sauce (see below for a recipe).

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Greek Salad Bites: Great appetizer consisting of cherry tomato, cucumber chunk, kalamata olive, cube of feta. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic glaze.

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Greek Pizza: We make our pizzas on a homemade crust and Adam grills it on the bbq! I also add chicken.

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Caprese Salad: Tomato slices, fresh mozzarella slices, and fresh basil leaves. Also, if you’ve never tried a quality balsamic glaze, please please please buy some! Balsamic vinegar just doesn’t do a caprese justice.

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Psari Plaki: This is the only thing here that I’ve yet to make, but it seems like such a great way to prepare white fish. A lot of people choose cod, although that’s one fish that I really dislike. Pretty much any white fish will work. I really like this recipe and looking forward to making this soon with some greek salad on the side.

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Fassolatha: White bean soup, perfect for the cooler months!

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What’s your favourite Greek food?
Is there a food that you HATED in your childhood, but LOVE as an adult?

9 Thoughts on “My Big Fat Greek Blog Post

  1. Mediterranean food is fabulous! I’ve always loved it! Greek food in particular is a favorite of mine too! There’s a Greek restaurant not from our house that we enjoying going too. I’d have to say I love Tzatiki – it’s so tasty! I’ve never made my own before, but I’m excited about this recipe. In fact, I’m excited about all these dishes. I have a lot of pinning to do! ;-)

    • Kelly @ Femme Fitale on February 27, 2014 at 9:54 pm said:

      Sooo good!!! You know, I actually have not been to many Greek restaurants, so I really like how Mediterranean food is fairly straight forward to make at home (yet still so delicious).

  2. I love Greek inspired foods! I think it’s mostly because I love salt…. oops ;)

  3. I used to be OBSESSED with greek salads – and I totally can’t wait for the day I can eat tomatoes again because I know I will fall right back into that obsession :P

    For now, I just eat all the haloumi and feta I can ;P

    As a child I HATED mushrooms and wouldn’t go near them, but now I am totally obsessed.

    • Kelly @ Femme Fitale on February 27, 2014 at 9:55 pm said:

      Mushrooms is another one for me too, Kristy. Actually, my childhood food-hate list is quite substantial!

      Too bad about the tomatoes!

      I’ve never eaten haloumi!!! I’m missing out, aren’t I!?

  4. Twinning- I used to DESPISE olives but last year, fell in love with them…so good (I think it’s even in one of my WIAW posts lol!)

    LOVE GREEK FOOD- all their grilled meats are amazing!

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