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Greek-Style Beef Salad

This versatile Greek-inspired salad incorporates leftover grilled tri-tip. It can also be prepared with rotisserie chicken in place of the beef. Slice the chicken thinly before adding to the salad. Serve the salad with warm pita bread and fresh pistachio or walnut baklava for dessert.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 3 Tbs. chopped fresh mint
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. salt, plus more, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper, plus more, to
      taste
  • 1 large bunch watercress, tough stems removed
  • 2 cups thinly sliced grilled tri-tip (see related
      recipe at left)
  • 1 red onion, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1 cucumber, halved lengthwise, seeded and
      thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3/4 cup pitted Kalamata or other Mediterranean
      black olives
  • 1/4 lb. feta cheese, crumbled

Directions:

Make the vinaigrette
In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, 2 Tbs. of the mint and the garlic. Whisk in the 1/2 tsp. salt and pepper. Adjust the seasonings as needed.

Assemble the salad
In a bowl, toss the watercress with about half of the vinaigrette. Arrange the beef, onion, cucumber, tomatoes, olives and cheese on top of the watercress and gently toss. Divide among salad plates. Drizzle with the remaining vinaigrette, sprinkle with the remaining 1 Tbs. mint and serve immediately. Serves 4.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Food Made Fast Series, Simple Suppers, by Melanie Barnard (Oxmoor House, 2007).